Re: excessive guilt linked to OCD
In AA, members are taught to go back and try to right the wrongs we did but ONLY if it would not cause further harm to that person. In other words if you cheated on your spouse, by confessing to them, if they didn't know about all you had done and by confessing to them, you would be hurting them MORE, then by the guidelines of AA you DON'T do that. You might be making yourself feel better but you would be harming that person further.
Say you stole something from a store and you feel the need to confess but to confess what you did, you might be putting your family at risk financially, who is going to feed and keep a roof over their head if you go to jail or prison?? Try to decide on a dollar amount if you took something and send a money order to the store, you don't have to sign your name to the money order. You can buy money orders at the post office, at most pharmacies, at a lot of places, attach a note explaining what the money is for and trust the manager to do the right thing with the money. Address the envelope to the store, NO return address if you are afraid of it being traced back to you, it cannot be traced, you don't have to worry about it being fingerprinted.
There are many ways to make amends for things a person has done and NOT cause further harm to the person or persons involved.
Go talk to someone who can help you to deal with your thoughts and feelings of guilt; a minister, a priest, a social worker, a therapist; a trusted friend, or even a stranger on the street. The longer you wrestle with this, the longer you torment yourself with it all, the worse you are making it and the more apt you are to do something you will regret.
Good luck to you and if I can be of further help, post something here to me, I will see it.