Are intrusive thoughts necessarily related to obsessive-compulsive disorder?

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  • Paul M. Salkovskis
  • Andrea Ertle
  • Joan Kirk
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Obsessions and compulsions are not a new phenomenon. A well-known literary example is Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth. Martin Luther and Charles Darwin are among the many celebrities who have been affected by this serious disorder. Many of the early descriptions emphasize the religious content of obsessions, which provides an important clue as to the nature of these disorders: The content of obsessions reflects common worrying issues of the time, whether it is the work of the devil, germ contamination or radiation concern the risk of acquired immune deficiency (AIDS).

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  • Paul M. Salkovskis
  • Andrea Ertle
  • Joan Kirk

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