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J Clin Psychol. 2004 Nov;60(11):1169-80.

Cognitive-behavioral treatment of repugnant obsessions.

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  • University of Waterloo, Department of Psychology, Ontario, Canada. cpurdon@uwaterloo.ca


Obsessions often occur in the form of repugnant sexual, aggressive, or blasphemous thoughts, images, impulses, or doubts. This article describes the phenomenon of repugnant obsessions and reviews the cognitive-behavioral model of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Caveats and recommendations are provided and a case illustration is presented. Repugnant obsessions are highly amenable to treatment; but developing an idiographic conceptualization of the client's obsessive-compulsive cycle is important. Treatment resources are presented throughout.

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