Abnormal Psychology

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Another type of way to categorize OCD by isolating two types of OCD:
Autogenous Obsessions - Highly aversive and unacceptable (ego-dystonic) mental intrusions (thoughts, images, or impulses) that tend to be perceived as threatening in their own right;
- Usually contain repulsive themes concerning unacceptable sexual behavior, aggression, sacrilege
- Threat perceptions focused on the intrusions themselves
- Can occur w/o clear antecedents or be triggered by stimuli that are unrealistically or remotely related to the content of the intrusion
- Often show a loose conceptual match between the perceived threat and neutralizing compulsion. I.e. touching the corners in a room will translate to your parents being safe.

- Reactive Obsessions - More realistic aversive thoughts, doubts, or concerns in which the perceived threat is not the obsession itself, but rather the trigger of the obsession or some associated negative consequence that is possible (but improbable);
- Examples include thoughts, concerns, or doubts about contamination, mistakes, accidents, asymmetry.
- They are perceived as relatively realistic and likely to come true , thus prompting corrective actions aimed at altering the situation back to a safe or desired state;
- They are more likely to occur in response to explicit cues;
- There is a more realistic link between the obsessions and the cues that trigger them.
- More likely to show a stronger conceptual match between the perceived threat and neutralizing compulsion. I.e. hitting bumps on the road likely leads to problems with your car.
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