It's the feeling inside my head: a qualitative analysis of mental contamination in obsessive-compulsive disorder.

@article{Coughtrey2012ItsTF,
  title={It's the feeling inside my head: a qualitative analysis of mental contamination in obsessive-compulsive disorder.},
  author={Anna E Coughtrey and Roz Shafran and Michelle J Lee and Stanley J Rachman},
  journal={Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy},
  year={2012},
  volume={40 2},
  pages={163-73}
}
BACKGROUND It was recently proposed that feelings of dirtiness and pollution can arise in the absence of physical contact with a contaminant. At present, there is limited data regarding the qualitative features of this construct of "mental contamination", although it is hypothesized to be particularly relevant to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), where compulsive washing in response to contamination fear is a common symptom presentation (Rachman, 2006). AIMS AND METHOD The aim of this… CONTINUE READING
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