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Curious about Pure-O OCD

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lapajo

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Hi there!
I just posted this in the anxiety forum, but thought I'd ask here too...

So, I'm 95% sure I suffer from Pure -O OCD or Primarily obsessional OCD. I have random terrifying thoughts/urges of harming my children or myself and when I go through a bout of it, I am locked in obsessive fear and worry that will usually spiral into panic attacks. I "what if" myself into oblivion. It does seem to be cyclical though... and the thoughts aren't with me 24/7... in fact I go some weeks feeling pretty normal. My question is, can someone have a mild or moderate form of this or is it an "All or Nothing" kind of disease? Does anyone know? Thanks for any insight you may have!
 
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Welcome to the forum.

I don't know, hope someone else can help.
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Thanks, I'm glad to be here. Today has been a good day, but it's nice to know that I now have this outlet to discuss this stuff when I'm really suffering. It's so comforting not to feel alone.
 
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Those thoughts are just that, thoughts. Lots of people have intrusive thoughts but I do relate to intensive ones. Thing about intrusion is that it brings a strong emotional response. What I am learning is to work hard on Mindfulness when I am well, so when I get ill, I can switch into the mindfulness way of handling it. Initially, I could not see any point and it was "ridiculous" to me, but gradually, its working. I don't have OCD, but the symptom is similar.
 
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I like the idea of working on mindfulness when "well." I tend to live normally until I have a spell of crazy thoughts and then I freak out internally and worry myself to death. Sounds like a plan to try to be prepared for those times. Thanks! =)
 
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