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What is Existential OCD? Signs to watch out for

Published on Oct 31, 2023 10:19 AM IST
  • From religion hopping to ruminating about afterlife, here are a few symptoms of Existential OCD to know about.
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD refers to a mental disorder where a person is constantly obsessed with repetitive thoughts. Existential OCS is a type of OCD. "Existential OCD is a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that primarily involves obsessions and compulsions related to existential themes. Individuals with this form of OCD often grapple with profound philosophical and existential questions, such as the meaning of life, the nature of existence, mortality, and the unknown," wrote Therapist Maythal Eshaghian. Here are a few signs to watch out for.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Oct 31, 2023 10:19 AM IST

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD refers to a mental disorder where a person is constantly obsessed with repetitive thoughts. Existential OCS is a type of OCD. "Existential OCD is a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that primarily involves obsessions and compulsions related to existential themes. Individuals with this form of OCD often grapple with profound philosophical and existential questions, such as the meaning of life, the nature of existence, mortality, and the unknown," wrote Therapist Maythal Eshaghian. Here are a few signs to watch out for.(Unsplash)

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Sometimes people are overburdened with thoughts where they feel meaningless about where they are in life. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Sometimes people are overburdened with thoughts where they feel meaningless about where they are in life. (Unsplash)

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A sense of detachment from body is extremely common in Existential OCD where a person feels that they are not connected with their physical self. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A sense of detachment from body is extremely common in Existential OCD where a person feels that they are not connected with their physical self. (Unsplash)

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A person with Existential OCD also spends considerable amount of life ruminating on the possibilities of afterlife. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A person with Existential OCD also spends considerable amount of life ruminating on the possibilities of afterlife. (Unsplash)

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Excessive online research about a variety of things is also common in this type of disorder. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Excessive online research about a variety of things is also common in this type of disorder. (Unsplash)

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Constant religion hopping and questioning the existence of God are also common symptoms in this disorder. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Oct 31, 2023 10:19 AM IST

Constant religion hopping and questioning the existence of God are also common symptoms in this disorder. (Unsplash)

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