Question: Would you please define intrusive thought for a compulsive hoarder?.
Answer 1: The diagnosis of OCD requires either obsessions or compulsions but not both. Most people with OCD have both but occasionally people seem to have only obsessions or only compulsions. Most experts would agree that people who appear to only have obsessions have other behaviors that serve the purpose of compulsions or neutralizations. hoarders may not appear to have obsessions. This is partly because they successfully avoid setting them off by engaging in the hoarding. However if you ask a compulsive hoarder to get rid of something they hoard or not acquire something you will find that they begin to express concerns that sound like obsessions about not having an object, not being able to remember something or not being able to find something they might need and perhaps not being responsible in disposing of something or wasting something. Continued near the bottom of this page.
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Answer 2: Often these would include fears of needing something in the future or missing something, or obsessional doubts about whether or not something may be important in the future.
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