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What is an obsession?

An obsession is a recurring and unwanted thought, idea, image or impulse that generally occurs in someone with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Obsessive thoughts are often intrusive and may be constantly on a person's mind. This can be distressing and lead to considerable anxiety.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Anger management


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