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Question:

Sometimes when I least expect it, I have really disturbing images that pop into my mind. Sometimes they are sexual in nature, like images of having sex with children or with homeless people. They totally freak me out, since of course I do not really want to do that! I try to stop thinking about it, or to replace the distressing thought with another but that just makes the thoughts come back more and more.

Why do I keep having these images? Am I a child molester or a sexual deviant? Is there help for me? Is there a name for this problem?

Answered by: Blair Simpson

You could well be suffering from OCD for which there is treatment. Our clinic provides evaluations at no-cost for people who might be interested in participating in our research studies and some of our studies offer treatment at no cost. Please call: 212-543-5462 or go to our website at www.columbia-ocd.org