Re: OCD intrusive thoughts
What you are describing definitely sounds like OCD. Religious based obsessions are known subset of OCD too. Basically anything that can cause us anxiety can trigger our OCD.
So why can't you just realize how dumb your thoughts are and move on? I think you DO realize how illogical your thoughts are. You can't give them up because OCD is caused by a problem in how our brains operate. Our brains have trouble shifting out of anxiety response mode. OCD is a medical condition same as diabetes or Parkinson's.
The bad news is OCD isn't curable. The good news is that it is treatable. Cognitive Behavorial Therapy and medication are very effective at helping you manage your OCD. The best thing you can do is meet with a medical professional who specializes in mental health and preferably OCD to confirm you diagnosis and begin treatment. Even before that you can begin wducating yourself about OCD which can help in your recovery. There are good books too. "Brain Lock" is a good one that will explain the biological basis of OCD. "The OCD Workbook" is a good resource for learning CBT techniques. Your doctor/therapist will probably recommend material too that they have found beneficial.
You are definitely not alone in having OCD (roughly 1-3% of people have it) and not alone in the particular types of troubling thoughts you have. Welcome to the group I hope you will find us helpful in your recovery.
Last edited by Administrator; 02-09-2013 at 01:33 AM.