Probably not. Many patients enter therapists’ offices ashamed of their behaviors.
They are reluctant to talk about their OCD obsessions or compulsions, but when they eventually share their concerns with their doctor or therapist, they are often shocked to hear that the therapist has worked with many individuals who have had the same or similar thoughts or compulsions.
It is unfortunate that the shame many people feel about their obsessions or compulsions is often what delays their getting help, just hoping that the intrusive thoughts and actions will go away on their own can lead to them becoming much worse.
What people with OCD need to realize is that they are not bad people for having obsessions, just like someone with cancer is not a bad person for having a tumor.
But in our society, we think that it is acceptable to be out of control of some of our bodily processes, such as a tumor, whereas we must always be in total control of our mind. As long as this unfortunate belief remains, then we will continue to perpetrate the negative stigma of mental illness.
OCD is a treatable disorder, and there should be no shame in seeking help.