He did help me, but it was clear he didn’t know how to fully treat these kinds of thoughts. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) provides a broad definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder that includes the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions that cause major distress or disruption to daily living. When I learned to drive, every bump in the road became a child on a bike. A person with Scrupulosity OCD will sometimes experience intrusive thoughts about what they fear — or try to avoid — most, like unwanted sexual thoughts about God, Jesus or a religious figure such as a priest. In holding a strict view of these religious verses, the [person with] Scrupulosity experiences not just intense guilt, but also anxiety about the threat of eternal punishment for having violated religious precepts.” (OCD Center of Los Angeles). Add your voice! Pedophilia OCD is the fear of sexually abusing children, and this can be one of the toughest types to talk about. The kid was sleeping, he was safe. People plagued by intrusive sexual thoughts will intentionally summon distressing mental images and scan their body for signs of arousal. It was on a Wikipedia page titled “Intrusive Thoughts.” The entry said that most people had terrifying thoughts, but that some fixated on them. While it’s important to spread awareness about the intensity and true motivation of more well-known fears and compulsions (like hand washing and checking to see if the stove is on) there are other, more socially taboo types of OCD that don’t get as much attention. Nobody can love you now. By the time I was almost 30, my intrusive thoughts became so painful, I knew I’d have to either kill myself or seek therapy. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder presents itself in many guises, and certainly goes far beyond the common misconception that OCD is merely a little hand washing or checking light switches. What if I started sleepwalking and went after my cousins? Check again and again, they told me. Summer break came, but brought no relief from the terrifying images of harming people. I couldn’t take it. Pure O, I learned, is pernicious and hard to shake, but thankfully straightforward to treat. And, if not, I know where to go to get more help if I need it. I tried my best to hide it, but my parents could tell I was upset. It was a lot of pressure for a young teenager. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. But the thoughts didn’t care. I promise I’ll never ever go near a child. Isn’t that homophobic? It can take a while to figure out your preference (and your preference can change! Or the panic. This is my worst fear and I feel like I have to figure out whether or not I did do something like this. Does this mean I’m not supposed to be with my boyfriend? I’m so, so sorry. Compulsions vary, but include confessing about something you haven’t done, just in case, and excessive, ritualized praying. It's like the OCD end boss that I just can't beat. But Sexual Orientation OCD isn’t simply trying to figuring out your sexual orientation, or being “afraid” of being gay. Note to readers: This essay contains graphic and disturbing content. I was terrified anyone I told would think I was a horrible mother. I sat there before a kind therapist and told my secrets to someone for the first time. If you’re the kind of person who has to count the photos in this post to make sure the amount matches the number in the headline, then get ready to feel insanely uncomfortable. Thankfully, he didn’t think I’d acted on any of these thoughts, or that I would, or that I was insane. I remained anxious and haunted by thoughts of hurting people. Take a look, and know that you’re not the only one out there. Maybe THE WORST kind of this shit imaginable - sleep OCD (anyone with any experience at all is most welcome) Venting I have started seeing a psychiatrist after this thought popped into my mind - what if I hurt myself or a family member during my sleep? For example, when a person without Harm OCD holds a kitchen knife, they know they could hurt themselves but probably don’t think about it much, if at all. Compulsions, both mental and physical, are meant to ease their worries. Since I concluded my treatment, Pure O has gained more and more recognition among mental health professionals and the general public. Eventually, I wrote a “confession” letter, detailing my worst “crimes,” and read that over and over, too. But he didn’t know what else to do, and ultimately my first round of therapy sputtered out. A specialized type of cognitive behavioral therapy focused on exposure to one’s frightening thoughts works best. I couldn’t socialize. I’m a monster. By exposing myself to these thoughts, and sitting through the fire of panic until it subsided, I learned to manage my Pure O. It’s been a few years since I stopped therapy, and though the intrusive thoughts still come occasionally, I have the tools to handle them now. Only acceptance of uncertainty can ultimately switch off this misfiring alarm system. If I was cooking something on the stove, even if my baby was safely strapped into his swing on the other side of the kitchen, I would be terrified of him being splattered with hot grease. They were tricky and had a rebuttal for every reassurance I gave myself. Summer break came, but brought no relief from the terrifying images of harming people. According to the OCD Center of Los Angeles, common obsessions include: repetitive thoughts about having committed a sin, exaggerated concern with the possibility of having committed blasphemy, excessive fear of having offended God, excessive fear of failing to show proper devotion to God, repeated fears of going to hell/eternal damnation. You have to stay away from children, do you hear me? ", followed by 135 people on Pinterest. You’re evil, Sam. For example: why did my eyes fall on that creepy old dude’s crotch? 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