OCD taking over...

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   Posted 9/14/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
After almost 8 years of having OCD, I am still disappointed w/ how it can affect my life.  I have harming thoughts which is very upsetting to me.  It seems that anywhere from 3am-5am is when my attacks hit the worse.  I have lived thru hundreds, maybe thousands of attacks over the years, but yet, as one begins it is still a horrific feeling.  I'm flooded by the what ifs - going crazy, hurting someone, doing or saying inappropriate things.  I have a great family and I love my job.  I fear of losing those things when my OCd comes on strong.
Just wondering if other OCDers out there found a pattern to the attacks.  I don't understand why one day, a harming thought can come into my mind, and I can just let it pass and continue on my day.  And then, that same thought comes in another time and it becomes crippling to try and deal with it.
I read a post from a new member today w/ OCD and they have fears like mine and then fearing that maybe a tree isn't a tree.
I find that I become panicky when I start overanalyzing things.  Like, how does the human body work - how does it remember where I'm supposed to go each day - things like that.

I also am finding, that w/ so much tragedy in the world, I feel helpless.  Animals are a big thing to me and when I see them being abused or used for fur to make clothes, I get sick inside and I can't do anything about it.  Same w/ wars and crimes - I wish they didn't exist.  Natural disasters - there have been a lot of caved in mines and I start to put myself in that position of being trapped and then I can't breathe.  I think it is call empathizing, when you feel for others, but I get myself very worked up over it.
Many times I am fine, and I don't overanalyze those times.  It seems these bad ocd times stay w/ me longer and I still find it difficult to manage.
Thanks for listening.

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   Posted 9/14/2007 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry your OCD is rearing it's ugly head.  I obsees at times but it has not really interferred with my life.  I do empathize with you as I understand it is very painful to have these thoughts.
I know we have members that will share with you so please know I care and keep posting.
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   Posted 9/14/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have lived with OCD...severe for many many yrs .........but I have never had the thoughts that you have gone thru

I would suggesst that you try CBT and other self help techniques .......

My nights were the worst until the doc put me on Trazadone and that med stops me from having any " sticking thinking " and worrying about all and everything in the world .........

Hopefully you do have or can find a therapist that deals with OCD and is very good at it
There are some out there

I am sure that others will give their advice as well

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