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Question about OCD

by Noelle

Thank you very much for the last e-mail you sent. It helps to know that I am not the only person who has OCD.

I do have a couple of questions. I tend to not tell anyone about the obsessive thoughts because they are so disturbing. I am afraid that my family and friends will think I am nuts! should I tell them? or is it better just to tell only my therapist?

My main obsession is that I'll go crazy. I have thoughts telling me to do stuff that I do NOT want to do and that are completely out of my character. Is that an OCD symptom?

I also picture words in my head which really scares me....I had one word stuck in my head for about two weeks that kept going over and over again. I was just diagnosed with OCD so I'm still learning about it. Sometimes it gets a little better but stress definitely triggers it. I was always an anxious person, as a child I worried about the weirdest things but the obsessive thoughts are fairly recent (about four months now).

I am trying to focus on the positives in life and it is working..but I feel like the obsessive part of me or as I call it "the OCD monster" is constantly there, sometimes in the background, but always there...would appreciate some more advice! :)
thanks
Noelle

Reply from Sound-Mind.org

Hi Again! :)


Whether or not you should tell your friends and family about your obsessive thoughts, I am not sure. Only you can really be the judge of that. For me, it was easy to share my thoughts, especially with my husband because he knew me the best. I did tell a friend some of my thoughts in hoping to help her understand (afterall she was a councelor in her profession) but it did not go over well. I think I scared her. Haha...

I don't mean to make light of a hard situation, just use your own judgement and only share it with those you want to share it with. Just be prepared if they don't accept it like you want them to.

It is not uncommon to picture things over and over, or have certain thoughts ruminate. I shared the same fear... fear of going crazy. No matter how much you fear it, it cannot happen. Your therapist will even tell you that. People that lose their sanity, don't know it... and that's the truth! Promise!

btw - you are afraid of doing something you don't want to do? That's based on the idea that if you should actually lose your mind, then you would do something out of your control. But again, you control your world!

A great book that may bring you some reassurance is called, The
Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Obsessive Bad
Thoughts


Take Care Noelle! Keep your head up! The best thing you can do is to convince yourself of TRUTH!

~Susan

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Apr 25, 2012
dont know if this is ocd
by: Anonymous

I think I have got ocd, I mean everything has to be black or white to me everything has to be clean and tidy in my home and in my head, but is this psychosis I converse with my self some people said some horrible things to me not so long ago about loads of stuff and I keep going over and over it in my head as they would say it its like I have a augument in my own head ???? I get really tired sometimes if im at home, but when im out and about ive got to much energy and feel like im high on some sort of drug sometimes there's loads more but I'll leave it there for now thanks.

Mar 04, 2011
@Noelle
by: Dane

I have to agree with Susan. If ANYONE was going to go crazy from fear of going crazy, it'd be me. But not so. A few decades later and I'm starting to think it just may not happen. lol

Also, with unwelcome and scary intrusive thoughts, I've found two things to be so for me. The first is that I can live with them and NOT actually do them, OR go crazy because of them. And the second (comes with practice) is not to freak and escalate the fear and obsession with them. If I just acknowledge one, glance at it and say "oh, how boring, another one of those thoughts," it takes quite a bit of the oomph out of it and it passes easier.

Best,
Dane

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