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  1. Hi Sam and welcome to the forum. Sure sounds like OCD to me. All the repeating and checking you do are compulsions and they need to stop. Have you looked into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
  2. Hi Emsie and welcome to the forum. Yes, hormones can have an effect on OCD. Yours is a bit unusual in that hormones out of whack usually causes OCD symptoms to be worse. You are doing all the wrong things, like everyone with OCD who isn't actively engaged in CBT. You're doing compulsions. Looking at yourself for symmetry, checking for lumps and bumps, Googling symptoms are all compulsions. Have you looked into getting CBT?
  3. You can't directly stop it, no. They're going to happen. But, pay less and less attention to them and they should start slowing down. By the way, nothing new has happened. You're getting intrusive thoughts followed by groinal responses. Really, it's the same old, same old.
  4. You're apparently the one with a problem about this, not her. Talking to her would be a compulsion. It would be done out of an attempt to reduce your anxiety. Forget about it and get on with your day.
  5. Hi HJC. You cam get better from any kind of OCD. There's no such thing as untreatable firms of the disorder. You must be willing to do rhe hard work necessary to recover but recovery is certainly possible.
  6. We've been over much of this before. Your problem is you are paying attention to the sensations. Pure and simple. You should be dismissing them as irrelevant. When you do, after a while, they'll start to calm down.
  7. It's just another intrusive thought. Ignore it as well.
  8. Nope. Strange that your psychiatrist didn't out and out tell you what he thinks you've got. Paranoia is not unusual in extreme cases of OCD and the fact you have bad thoughts means nothing out of the ordinary. Everyone with OCD has bad thoughts.
  9. Stop trying to answer the what if questions. That's what gets you into trouble. Think, oh well I guess I sacrificed someone. Then leave the matter alone.
  10. Sounds like you handled this situation perfectly! Proud of ya!
  11. That's why I think, collectively, we are quite conservative in voicing opinions about what meds will do for any person. I found the right cocktail that worked stupendous for my malaise (plural) but most only see a reduction in overall anxiety. We must be cautious to lower expectations of those who think it's the be-all, end-all.
  12. It is automatic to start with. The first thing you need to do is recognize when you are ruminating. The quicker the better. The next step is to stop yourself (I'm not going to do that right now) and then shift your attention onto something else. It takes practice. Lots and lots of practice. It won't work the first thirty times you do it. But keep on it and slowly you should get a handle on your ruminating.
  13. You make up your own mind. You needn't worry about going back because if you decide Islam is not for you, it should stop bothering you.
  14. Try going one step further and actually *think* about cheating on your partner. Don't just say the words. Try to get a vision in your head of you actually cheating.