Is "what if" necessary for OCD?
Hi there, I've been away from this forum for a long time...mainly due to my university which is very time consuming!
The last week was fantastic, I was 90% OCD free, in the sense that even if I had the bizarre thoughts I was able to control them; I've found that these thoughts are feeding on anxiety...if you don't get anxious about them, they go away, at least that is how it works for me!
Sadly, 2 days ago I've started again with these pseudo-paranoid and pseudo-delusional thoughts...the process is always the same: read symptom on the internet->try to imagine the symptom->freak out->repeat at will.
My question is: it's necessary for OCD thoughts to be based on a "what if"? I ask this because mine are very intrusive and don't start with a what if, something like "Ok I've read that schizophrenics think their mums are aliens...<intrusive thought> my mum is an alien <end of intrusive thought> Hey, damn, I must not think this thought because it's a crazy one, and what if I believe it by thinking about it too much?"
One thing is certain: we OCDers know ourselves very much well to be able to torture our minds like this.
Last edited by Taurus80; 09-25-2004 at 05:52 AM.