It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Message Board

OCD creating PTSD?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-21-2007, 11:43 AM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: U.S. of A.
Posts: 6
nixie1 HB User
OCD creating PTSD?

Question, with my OCD I constantly struggle through the day thinking about thinking about past car wrecks, what I said to someone in high school 30 years ago, basically flash backs everything from events in the past to things like I didn't leave a tip at the restaurant last night.

I'm wondering in the classical sense of OCD, being physical activities that impair living. But, Obsessive Thinking (day/night for years) could that be interrelated to PTSD?

In other words, if you have OCD where you constantly "recall / think about events a zillion times in your head about past events" couldn't that lead to PTSD since one is constantly thinking about trivial and non-trivial past events?

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 11-21-2007, 11:57 AM   #2
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Seven Hills, Ohio
Posts: 481
BadMalibu HB UserBadMalibu HB UserBadMalibu HB UserBadMalibu HB User
Re: OCD creating PTSD?


I'm currently in the process of reading the book, "The Imp Of The Mind" by Dr. Lee Baer and he had some interesting things to say about the correlation between PTSD and OCD. Basically he says that the real difference between someone who has PTSD and someone who has OCD is that the person that has PTSD struggles with thoughts of events that have actually happened, whereas someone who has OCD thinks about imagined situations that might occur. People with OCD try to reassure themselves that a situation never occured, whereas someone with PTSD knows a situation occured and have trouble dealing with it.

You asked if someone with OCD could develop PTSD by simply thinking about non-trivial events constantly, and in my opinion I would have to say no. PTSD and OCD are two different issues. The reason I say no is because of what I stated above, which is there is usually a traumatic event associated with PTSD, but not with OCD.

Then again, sometimes there are underlying issues in people with OCD that can trigger their symptoms since symptoms of OCD can occur as early in age as 3, or in late in age as 65.

Hope this helps.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
C-ptsd Phoenix Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 13 11-17-2007 11:03 AM
PTSD Help in San Diego? jaliriley Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 7 05-29-2007 02:50 AM
ptsd because of emotional abuse? isitme Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 57 12-13-2006 03:56 AM
possible PTSD dave_81 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 2 05-01-2006 06:43 AM
Seeking Support and Advice-BF w/PTSD angelblue65 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 9 04-28-2006 09:06 AM
Ptsd Tenade Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 3 03-21-2006 01:15 AM
What are some of you symptoms with PTSD? ainfante Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 33 09-27-2004 11:22 AM
Would like to know if my girl has PTSD ThiSel Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 10 08-30-2004 08:59 AM
I would like to know other peoples symptoms with PTSD ainfante Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 24 07-04-2004 07:15 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:53 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!