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  1. Why is it...

    Try it and see. The first few times you try it, it could take a long time for your anxiety to dissipate. Over time you come back to normal in shorter intervals. That is if you truly don't do any compulsions.
  2. Why is it...

    Ignore it anyway. That's the distress you feel not doing a compulsion. It won't hurt you and it will go away on its own.
  3. Your defeatist attitude won't help. In fact, it will keep you trapped. True enough that no compulsions is the goal. But it's not the end of the world if you do one.
  4. Why is it...

    We talk about the leap of faith. You need to take one. You don't have to be convinced it's OCD before applying CBT techniques and treating it as CBT.
  5. Struggling so so much

    Oh Saz. You've brought us evidence so many times and it all turns out to be rubbish. You've never produced one shred of evidence that your intrusive thoughts are true. We tell you that, you go away for a time, then you come back with more so called evidence. Round and round you go. What can you do differently this time? I know you've already ruminated on this but you could let it go, refuse to consider it anymore.
  6. Sexual Abuse theme

    Good point snowbear.
  7. I think your thinking about this is all twisted and distorted. You learn through proper therapy how to handle not doing compulsions. You practice. You don't get it right from the get go. You learn. Have a little faith.
  8. Sexual Abuse theme

    You're looking for reassurance but i think an answer is important. I would have no problem with my kids being looked after by an OCD sufferer with sexual or pedophile obsessions.
  9. Look, stopping compulsions is a key component of recovery. Everyone who ever gets to a better place had to do it. No way around that. But it's only one component. There's the cognitive side where you change thinking. For you that would include changing your thinking about what contaminated means and realizing that you and things don't become contaminated just because you didn't wash your hands.
  10. Compulsions. Feel so guilty.

    So you did nothing wrong but checking that you did nothing wrong was wrong. Sort of twisted logic isn't it? The reason this doesn't seem minor to you right now is because you keep it alive with compulsions. I'll bet you ruminate over it long and hard and often. All that does it keep it top of mind where it will bother you. Same as with all OCD sufferers. It's a common trait.
  11. Sexual Abuse theme

    And that was good. Confessing is a compulsion. You must be doing others. Like avoidance maybe. Or ruminating. That's a big one. Freaking out when you get a thought is a compulsion.
  12. Sexual Abuse theme

    It's only important if you make it that way. Oh your brain screams at you THIS IS IMPORTANT! You don't have to buy into that. Over time you can learn to dismiss those thoughts and the screaming as the junk they are.
  13. What you are talking about is making a mistake as in not washing your hands properly or not locking the car doors. Are you saying you fear that the mistakes will escalate and you'll not do something really important? The fact is, to conquer OCD you have to go past normal. You have to not wash your hands. You have to leave the car unlocked. It's not a mistake.
  14. Sexual Abuse theme

    Doing what we talk about here every day. Cognitive work. Identifying and stopping compulsions. ERP. For you, first, you have to stop kicking yourself for having intrusive thoughts. It's not your fault.
  15. You didn't answer my question. What's the big deal if you make a mistake? Or six?