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Offline ans1723

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Is it OCD...
« on: February 15, 2014, 12:56:33 PM »
Is it OCD if you what you can't stop thinking about was something from your past that actually happened? I have obsessed about fears of cancer and even experienced harm and relationship OCD in the past, but those things were more fear based than true.
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Re: Is it OCD...
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 06:05:15 AM »
Could be but doesn't have to be  :winking0008:. The only way to get a diagnosis is to talk to a certified and experienced psychiatrist and/ or therapist. However, feel free to speak what's on your mind here and I'm sure other members will be able to relate and give you some input.
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Re: Is it OCD...
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 07:56:44 AM »
I agree with Leo, the only way to get a true diagnosis is from a doctor. However, some of it does sound like what I deal with, however I also have the compulsions. I think what you're asking is since this event from your past actually happened, does it count as OCD? That's actually a good question and one I am unsure of. Most of my OCD obsessions are based on false or unreal fears. I would definitely ask a therapist about it. I am not sure if an actual event that we obsess on would change diagnosis or not.

 
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Re: Is it OCD...
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 08:36:45 AM »
In my view (and experience) OCD can present itself in many varieties and degrees.

The past conditions everything, is how I see it. So the real events in the past arise again and again, sometimes with such power they turn into un-reality. As suggested, a therapist may help. I go at it full force with CBT and all its aspects. Takes constant attention. For some people light medication may be necessary. OCD can be tough, but can be controlled.
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Re: Is it OCD...
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2014, 11:50:51 AM »
I have been diagnosed with OCD by 3 different professionals.  My diagnosis first came when I read an article about a woman who did horrible things to her baby. I then began to obsess that I was going to harm the people and pets that I love. I usually obsess about my health, and my compulsion is to seek reassurance or research what is in my mind. I am obsessing about something that happened in my distant past that is causing me guilt. Just when I start to calm down a little, I started thinking "what if I said this" or "what if I did that?" It was so long ago that I can't remember every detail (though it seems I would have remembered saying/doing the things I feared), and I think I am making things up at this point. I am trying to tell myself that, but I just keep thinking "what if" and it is causing me extreme uneasiness and anxiety.
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