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16 - Overcoming ‘Taboo’ Obsessive Thoughts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 May 2022

Lynne M. Drummond
Affiliation:
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
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This chapter examines the treatment of ‘taboo’ obsessions. People with these kinds of obsessions often have very distressing images, thoughts, or even impulses which are against everything they believe in. These types of thoughts can be amongst the most distressing for an individual. Occasionally they are misunderstood by society or even healthcare professionals. Treatment involves accepting these distressing obsessions as thoughts rather than an active desire to commit abhorrent acts and allowing the thoughts to come without trying to push them away or ‘put them right’.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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