Pure O OCD
OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This means that a person has an obsessive thought which is followed by compulsive action. I am sure most of you know this by now. However there is one type of OCD that is harder to deal with. That is a Pure O. The name means pure obsession which means that the person has only obsessions and no compulsive actions.
Here is an example of the pure o type thought process:
A person is walking on the cement tiles down the sidewalk
Thought1- if I step on a crack something bad is going to happen to … and it will be all my fault.
Thought2- did I just step on a crack?
Thought3- I am not sure but I think I wanted to, that means I am a bad
And on, and on
Obviously it is irrational thinking but the fact is that as a person is walking they are having these thoughts. So technically they are not performing any compulsions and only are obsessing in their mind.
It is harder to treat this type of OCD because the doctor can not tell the patient to stop a physical action but rather to stop a thought which is a very different type of treatment.
I hope this gives you enough of an overview of what a “pure o” is all about.