Paedophile OCD (POCD) Resources
Last edited 21 July 2021
Paedophile obsessive-compulsive disorder (POCD), also called MAP-related OCD, is an anxiety disorder that revolves around a persistent fear/obsession of oneself being a paedophile. POCD can be treated by a medical or mental-healthcare professional trained in treating anxiety disorders, eg, a general practitioner (GP) or a specialist such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. This article is not medical advice.
Be mindful that these resources are not for MAPs. They are for people with POCD. Because of this, these resources may contain narratives that are anti-MAP and potentially even harmful to MAPs. Use these resources at your own discretion. If you know of any resources that you believe should be added to this list, please contact us!
Am I a Monster? Common Features of Pedophilia OCD Levy, J. (2016). https://psychcentral.com/lib/am-i-a-monster-common-features-of-pedophilia-ocd#1.
POCD: Intrusive Thoughts of Pedophilia Hodges, C. (2020). https://youtu.be/Xmsxbj2RjnI.
What Is Pedophile OCD? Kastens, A. (2021). https://www.verywellmind.com/pedophile-ocd-pocd-definition-symptoms-treatment-5191825.
'My doctor mistook my OCD for paedophilia' Preskey, N. (2020). https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/a534c571-035c-4423-9dd9-33c8d425f5f3.
Living with POCD: A debilitating disorder that convinces sufferers they are a paedophile Gladwell, H. (2018). https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/14/living-with-pocd-a-debilitating-disorder-that-convinces-you-youre-a-paedophile-7924138.
POCD can be treated by a medical or mental-healthcare professional trained in treating anxiety disorders, eg, a general practitioner (GP) or a specialist such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. There are many local OCD specialists as well.
Mental Health Forum – A for people who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life.
My OCD Community – 'My OCD Community is a safe, supportive, informative, and friendly community for all people affected by OCD.'
OCD-UK Discussion Forums – 'A place to share solutions toward OCD recovery'.