I've been to the forum on and off for about four years. Recently, I went through an event that possibly set off some post-traumatic stress and caused a "relapse" of pure-o OCD. I'm currently seeing a counselor to work out this trauma, as well as going to a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy sessions weekly.
About 10 years ago, a different counselor told me I have OCD. He didn't say "pure-o" but he did say the obsessional type, not the compulsive type. My counselor I have now, doesn't believe in pure-o at all. She says to have OCD, you MUST have the physical compulsions. I think it's wrong.
Since there's probably no way I can change her mind, should I look at finding a different therapist? I haven't been seeing her long, plus she really doesn't work with me at all.
Or do I have pure-o at all? I've had anxiety disorder for 18 years. I started to develop obsessional thinking when I was 21, and the intrusive thoughts invaded when I was 26 (I think). Most obsessions are typical (I guess) and sometimes silly, but the real intrusive thoughts are about violence and hurting myself. It takes forever for me to get over those thoughts, but I still try to stay away from objects like guns and knives if I can because there's a real fear I might do something, even though I know I won't.
That sounds like pure-o from what I've read.
Of course, I've only had that one therapist ever recognize it for me. I'm not sure if I'll ever get a proper diagnosis.
Sorry, this turned into a rant.