Hello Brave One!

Here is this week’s spotlight on Pedophilia OCD:

Pedophilia OCD is characterized by recurrent and persistent intrusive (unwanted) thoughts, urges or images about Pedophilia along with compulsive, repetitive behaviors or mental acts aimed at reducing anxiety/distress or preventing a feared outcome from happening, all of which cause distress and impairment in functioning.

Common Pedophilia OCD Obsessions:

  • Fear of being sexually attracted to kids/teens
  • Fear of being a pedophile
  • Intrusive thoughts and images about kids/teens
  • After hugging someone under 18 or a little kid sitting on your lap: What if that was inappropriate? Did I hug them too long? Were they uncomfortable?
  • Thinking someone under 18 is cute: Fear about being attracted to kids/teens

Common Pedophilia OCD Core Fears:

  • Being a bad person
  • Loss of identity
  • Feeling judged, rejected, ashamed, disconnected, inferior

Common Pedophilia OCD Difficulties:

  • Interacting with/holding/playing with nieces/nephews/siblings/individuals under 18
  • Watching/coaching gymnastics, dance, competitive sports
  • Babysitting/caring for children

Common Pedophilia OCD Compulsions:

  • Avoiding children
  • Checking feelings and sensations to see if attracted to children
  • Ruminating
  • Reviewing behavior, thoughts, or feelings around children
  • Researching

**Please note: themes help us get more information out to individuals suffering with OCD, but anything can become obsessive and/or compulsive and themes can overlap. It’s also important to remember that the content of OCD is not important, it’s all the same mechanisms responding to different triggers. We recommend working with a therapist trained in ERP.

Stay Brave!

~The OCD MN Team