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Topic: OCD dealing with past trauma

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  1. Jcob5839
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    26 March 2021

    Hi everyone I’m Jacob and I’m an 18 year old who has been dealing with pretty severe OCD for most of my life and about two years ago I developed a strong fear and obsession of injuring myself to the point of paralysis and that has been one of my most challenging obsessions since that point. About five years when I was still and early teenager my friends decided we would go jump of some rocks at our local beach (dumb idea I know) and at one point I jumped of a rock around three metres high and my leg just scraped past a big rock and at the time I was pretty shook up about it because in early hit it but I got over it quickly. But after developing this obsession with paralysis I would think about every now and again and get severe anxiety about what if I was a little closer to the left and landed on and paralysed myself. But recently I have thought about this almost everyday and it’s really affecting me I know this is irrational because I’m fine now and I have been since the incident but my OCD needs me to search for an irrational sense of certainty. Does anyone have any tips for getting over past events that you obsess about because I’m starting to struggle

    thanks, Jacob

  2. Jcob5839
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    26 March 2021 in reply to Jcob5839

    I’m sorry about some of the typos I should have checked it more before I posted thanks guys

    :)

  3. geoff
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    26 March 2021 in reply to Jcob5839
    Hello Jcob, please don't worry about any typing errors, it happens to all of us, especially as I'm using an ipad as my laptop is in for repairs and I'm not used to a small screen.

    I also have OCD and had it for a very long time and know what you're saying and with this illness we may begin to have 'intrusive thoughts ' which you can type in the search bar above and a swag of comments will appear where people discuss this important issue.

    Sometimes these thoughts confuse us because we don't understand why they happen and there is a chance we don't tell anybody because if we do, we maybe told they're irrational but to us they do have a true meaning which causes us great concern.

    Have a look at what others have to say and see whether they relate to how you're feeling, then please get back to us when you're able to.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.
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  4. Petal22
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    27 March 2021 in reply to Jcob5839

    Good morning Jcob5839’s,

    I totally understand what you are saying I had very severe OCD I have now recovered from it and I have been free of it for many years....

    how did I recover? It was a long journey.... the recovery started from seeing my gp we did a mental health plan...,this gave me 10 free sessions with a phycologist this then led me to a group therapy at a university that specialised in ocd with trainees this was an intervention into my ocd...

    we learned meditation, how to challenge our thoughts, mindfulness and how not to get caught up in our ocd cycle...... it took practice to learn the skills I was taught but now I know when I am getting into my cycle and I disengage from it..... I’m free of it now....

    if I can be free of it there is hope you can be too....

    have you done any therapy for your ocd?

    when you feel like you are having your intrusive thoughts.... you can can learn to let them be there and come and go and not get caught up in them...we arnt our thoughts . we are the watcher of our thoughts ..... meditation can teach you this... have you tried meditation?

    when you feel you are having your intrusive thoughts you can turn your attention to something you are doing in the present moment and be mindful of it... don’t put your attention on your intrusive thoughts put it on what you are doing.....

    what we give our attention to we give power to.....

    im here if you have any questions or need support... there is light at the end of tunnel...... be positive

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  5. Jcob5839
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    25 May 2021 in reply to geoff
    Thanks Geoff I’ve seen you a lot on these forums and would like to thank you for continuously trying to help people with their mental you are making a real difference!
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  6. Jcob5839
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    25 May 2021 in reply to Petal22

    Thanks for your advice it’s always hard to think about the long term when OCD is so obsessed with how you feel now I’m going therapy and am seeing a psychiatrist and am starting to try with some medication options I feel hopeful that things will get better in the future

    thanks

    Jacob

  7. Petal22
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    25 May 2021 in reply to Jcob5839

    Hi Jcob5839,

    that’s wonderful you have started therapy and seeing a psychiatrist..... and medication.... well done.... there is HOPE for you that things WILL get better for you in the future 😊

    hang in there and keep it up, always here to chat to you.... thanks for the reply 😊

  8. geoff
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    26 May 2021 in reply to Jcob5839

    Hello Jacob, can I join Petal in wishing that your medication will be so helpful.

    I do take medication for this and one thing I've learned is that when I had OCD at a young age, 6 or so, I didn't know why I was doing these obsessions and compulsions, well not medically, but I had a reason why I talked myself into doing them, and to me, they were absolutely justified, because once I did them, it made me feel better, only for a second or two, but I never knew the name of this illness until I was about 30 when someone close had it as a child and diagnosed with OCD as they had it in a bad way.

    If you feel ashamed then please don't, it's not your fault in any way, and can I please suggest when you talk to your psychiatrist there could be little habits/obsessions/compulsions that you may do and it may be more appropriate for you to write them down some paper and then hand this over to the psych.

    Don't be afraid that's what these people treat people for, they have heard it all before and nothing will surprise them, they just need to know what exactly you are suffering from.

    When anyone comes onto this site and mentions OCD there are many people who would expect to hear even the slightest habit which people have to perform, it shouldn't be embarrassing as I have done the most ridiculous habits which I would only tell my psychologist.

    Take care Jacob and please let us know how you get on.

    Geoff.

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