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  1. Kaheath, I absolutely had to post to tell you, what an amazing article. So well written and absolutely spot on. Well done to you.
  2. I'm with you now. My answer to your question, it's my opinion of course, not sure if I'm correct. I'd say it all boils down to extreme anxiety, which we know is classic OCD. When the thoughts get too much, when compulsions take over, sufferers feel they are "losing their mind." Perhaps it's at this point concerns begin about "what if there's more than OCD at play here?"
  3. Hey PB, I don't think it's a case of many thinking there's more going on but worrying there's more...as far as I'm aware, worrying about having psychosis, schizophrenia etc is quite a common theme of intrusive thoughts? I certainly agree that OCD is a bad enough diagnosis, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I really do reckon the psychosis/schizophrenia fear though is just another spin on intrusive thoughts.
  4. Glad you're alright. Ah, bless, thanks. Good days and bad days love. I totally get what you mean...sometimes you can be all "wtf that's ridiculous I even worried about that!" to being completely consumed by it.
  5. Hi again, How you doing? The obsessions being so convincing is a large part of what makes OCD so distressing. I've experience of this myself. I can't get over some of the things I believed about myself when I was at my most poorly.
  6. I surely did. It's murky water this OCD business. The disorder thrives on reassurance as we know. Does sharing experiences with each other equate to reassurance? I personally don't think so but others could interpret it that way. Xx
  7. That's the spirit! You're already well on your way!
  8. Hey! It wasn't my intention to inadvertently set BelAnna back...I did a thread not so long ago about reassurance v general sharing of experiences ect and where do we draw the line. I'm relieved you understand what I was getting at. I completely understand the point Caramoole is making, but so's to completely avoid offering OP any sort of reassurance, I'd either need to ignore the thread or post something along the lines of "You think you harmed your dog, so what?"....neither of which I'm comfortable doing.
  9. Caramoole, Thanks for the feedback. I completely understand the importance of breaking the cycle by resisting compulsions, I've been speaking with HDC about it on another thread. Perhaps it might help BelAnna too? It's HDC's most recent thread.
  10. It's a really common compulsion, one I struggle with too. It's utterly terrifying "leaving it alone" to start with but it does get better and easier! Every time you resist a compulsion you weaken the obsession.
  11. Caramoole, Agreed that the most natural response is to offer comfort and reassurance but I don't think there's been any over the top reassurance offered. You state that this is a long standing issue for OP, if that's the case then presumably she's been offered advice you'd seem more appropriate...given her distress is it fair to say this has been of any help either? What do you suggest we do instead to help OP?
  12. You're most welcome. Don't be beating yourself up for not mastering it straight away, it really does take practice.
  13. Hey, It's the demand for absolute certainty that OCD craves. You're afraid to answer, because you're afraid it's the wrong answer, and OCD won't tolerate that uncertainty. The best thing you can do is leave the questioned unanswered. Terrifying huh? It's what you have to do to break the cycle though. Trying to figure it all out is a classic compulsion. If you can break the compulsions it's a game changer. It's not easy, takes lots of practice, but it's achievable. Next time you feel the need to try and "work it out"....refocus your mind and energy elsewhere, something productive and/or an enjoyable hobby. OCD won't take kindly to this and will start screaming at you, it's alright to ignore it.
  14. BelAnna, It's textbook OCD love. Intrusive thoughts, fear of causing harm, doubting it's OCD...classic OCD.
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