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  • #304785

    sofia
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    I don’t think it was anything from my childhood that made me feel like a bad person. My family has always been very loving and I am very lucky for that. I’m not sure if it’s anyone else’s fault except for my own that I feel like I’m not a good person. When I was 11 I started to have intrusive thoughts, and I think that’s when I started to believe I was bad.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  sofia.
    #304799

    anita
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    Dear sofia:

    You mentioned OCD earlier. Were you diagnosed with OCD, are you on any medications for OCD and did you ever attend psychotherapy?

    anita

    #304803

    sofia
    Participant

    I’m sorry I should have clarified that I have not been diagnosed yet. I only think I have it. I haven’t been to psychotherapy yet, but I’ve told my mom about what is upsetting me so much and she says she’s going to find a therapist I can talk to. Also, I’m not on any medication.

    #304805

    anita
    Participant

    Dear sofia:

    It is a good idea that you attend quality psychotherapy. If you weren’t diagnosed yet, then you must have read about OCD and … sort of diagnosed yourself;  you use OCD terms such as intrusive thoughts and compulsion. I will be away from the computer and back in about 10 hours from now. If you want to share with me anything about life at home and at school, as a child, preteen and currently, please do. I will read and reply when I am back.

    anita

    #304807

    sofia
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    Yes, I have sort, I just feel like I can relate to the disorder so heavily. But I know it would be wrong to say I have the disorder since I haven’t been diagnosed yet. So I don’t know if I do have OCD or not.

    Another thing that is causing me a lot of pain is that sometimes when I am scared that I did something horrible, but don’t know if I really did it or not, I will still try to come up with defenses and excuses in my head for this action I don’t even know if I did or not.

    What I’m so afraid I’ve done is look away from someone being sexually assaulted/someone I thought might be, being sexually assaulted, as a way of proving to myself that it isn’t a “big deal” or something like that (it’s obviously a very big deal). I have this strong feeling that I have done that. But I can’t remember a circumstance where I did. I don’t know if this is just in my head or not but it feels very real. I ended up trying to make excuses up for it as if I have done that, and I actually had some sort of feeling of relief. Then I felt incredibly guilty for doing that. My mind even compared it to this post I read about someone who saw sexual assault happening and didn’t do anything about it, and this made me feel relief for a second as well.

    I’m very sorry for burdening you with all my worries. I just feel like I have to get all this off my chest.

     

     

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  sofia.
    #304817

    sofia
    Participant

    Nevermind, I’m sure I’ve never done that before because I’ve never seen someone being assaulted so how would I even do that? I’m just overthinking

    #304845

    anita
    Participant

    Dear sofia:

    I was diagnosed myself with OCD, have suffered from OCD from an early age, obsessions and compulsions. Your writing very much look like the writings of a person suffering from OCD.

    I know you post in different websites and read a lot online. I don’t want our communication to be on that level. I want you to really pay attention to what I write to you. I suggest you copy and save what I posted to you on the first page as well as on this page, maybe print it so that you can re-read it.

    Notice this: yesterday at 2:05pm my time, you wrote: “Anita, I don’t think you know how much those words truly helped me. No one has been able to help me as much as you just did. Thank you.”

    1 hour and 28 minutes later (3:33pm my time), you posted to me: “Anita, I’m sorry to bother you again, but I had another thought cross my mind. Since I feel like wishing for others to do things to others that can cause much pain for the victim, does that mean I should feel pain myself?”

    — your relief lasted less than an hour and a half. Maybe much less because you were probably distressed for a little while before you posted again.

    Your relief was based, so it happened, on good information that I gave you, but it was short lived and a new thought occurred to you, a thought that didn’t take into consideration the good information I gave you, that which you wrote was so helpful to you. This is the nature of OCD, the person suffering listens for a moment, take in information that is helpful.. and then forgets as a new thought occurs that feels true.

    When I wrote that I don’t want our communication to be on the same level as that which you already have elsewhere, I mean that I don’t want you to bring up a distressing thought, then I reply, you feel better, a little bit later, you bring up another distressing thought (ignoring my input on the reply I just posted to you), I reply (repeating the same information), you feel better and then… again.

    This is why I suggest that you print my posts to you on page 1 and re-read them when you entertain yet another distressing thought.

    * Another thing: make sure your behavior is not harmful to yourself or to others, that is, what you actually say and/ or do to others.

    anita

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  anita.
    #304869

    sofia
    Participant

    Okay, thank you. I will keep that in mind. I hope none of my behavior has been harmful to anyone.

    #304877

    anita
    Participant

    You are welcome, sofia.

    anita

    #307477

    sofia
    Participant

    Hello Anita, I’m sorry to bring this back because I haven’t said anything about it for 2 weeks to you, but lately I’ve been stressing because of something I did in the past. It’s kind of similar to the time I tried to have a sensation “down there” to my friend’s little sister. But this time it involved external movement. It was with my cat, I basically did the same thing that I did to my friend’s little sister. Except that I touched my cat’s nose/or let my cat touch my finger. I just know that it involved me moving my hand forward so my cat would sniff my finger.

    My intention was not sexual gratification. My intention was to prove to myself the sensation didn’t mean anything. I remember before doing it, I thought something along the lines of “see! it doesn’t mean I’m actually attracted to them, it would happen if any animal or person touched me” so I was trying to prove that the sensation didn’t have any meaning. For some reason, in my mind, I just didn’t think of it as sexual. If I did, I would not have done it. I just wasn’t really thinking when I did it.

    This is what I meant when I said that I made this same mistake 3 different times. The other time was with someone washing my hair in a beauty salon, I tried to have the sensation with the same intention that I had with my cat and my friend’s little sister. This was actually the first time I did this, and I remember after I did this, I had this realization of what I tried to do and questioned if I sexually assaulted her. There wasn’t any external movement from me though, so I’ve kind of let this go because it had no effect on her.

    I guess my question is, would that even count as a sexual act? or just trying to have a sensation that I didn’t even think of sexual really, I was afraid that it was though. I guess I didn’t really know if it was sexual or not. It was done out of ignorance/impulsivity.

    also, I guess this doesn’t actually matter since I didn’t actually do it but, I was thinking if I did this to my friend’s little sister, a worker in a beauty salon and my cat, would that mean I could have done this to a family member? I’m very grateful that I never did, but it upsets me that maybe I would have if they were around me when I was trying to prove to myself that the sensation didn’t mean anything.

    I don’t know if you’re going to see this or not, but if you do, I would really appreciate if you could tell me what your perspective on the situation is. Because the only person’s perspective I have on this really is myself, except that I told my sister about this a couple of years ago, and she told me that it’s okay and that we all do weird things sometimes, but I don’t really trust what she said because she was around 16 at the time.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  sofia.
    #307581

    anita
    Participant

    Dear sofia:

    Like I wrote to you in my post July 25, above on this page: “I don’t want you to bring up a distressing thought, then I reply, you feel better, a little bit later, you bring up another distressing thought (ignoring my input on the reply I just posted to you), I reply (repeating the same information), you feel better and then… again.”

    I suggest you leave animals and children out of your sexual obsession and seek professional help As Soon As Possible.

    anita

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  anita.
    #307591

    sofia
    Participant

    I’m sorry, I was having a rough day yesterday, and I felt like I needed relief, but I know it’s not very effective, so I’ll stop doing that. I have been leaving them out of it for a long time, I was around 12-13. Those were the only times I’ve done anything like that, but I haven’t done any of those things in years. I’m getting professional help soon.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  sofia.
    #307595

    anita
    Participant

    Dear sofia:

    I hope to read from you very soon, after you seek professional help: the help of a medical doctor, staring with your family doctor/ physician who may refer you to a psychiatrist so to evaluate your mental health. The psychiatrist may diagnose you with OCD and start medication/ psychotherapy treatment based on his/ her diagnosis.

    anita

    #307597

    sofia
    Participant

    Okay, thank you Anita. My mom was just going to find me a therapist instead of going to a psychiatrist and maybe getting diagnosed, but I do want to know if I have OCD, and if I should be taking medication, so I’ll bring that up to her. I’ll be sure to update after I seek professional help

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  sofia.
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