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Old 09-28-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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Bec93 HB User
OCD and cancer

Hey all .. I've seen a lot of threads about people having intrusive thoughts etc. about getting cancer themselves but I'm wondering if anyone gets this in relation to family members?

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Old 12-29-2012, 04:57 AM   #2
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Re: OCD and cancer

Hi Bec. Not sure if you will get this message, but I get these types of obsessions. I haven't really spoken about this before, but it happens a lot, especially when I smoke a cigarette, if I think of a family member, or anybody really, I get intrusive thoughts that they will get cancer because of me. I also get this with other things, not necessarily smoking or cancer, it can be any action and any type of harm. I then feel incredibly guilty. If I try to redo the action to make it ok by trying to focus on myself (as opposed to thinking of other people) I inevitably mess it up and the focus switches to another friend/family member, which then leads to even more guilt and makes it harder to stop repeating the action as it essentially becomes almost like I have to choose which friend/family member to stop on (i.e. when enough is enough etc), but then it's kind of like I'm picking which family member I will choose to potentially become harmed (even though I know it's not true). Not cool.

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