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crw85

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I have been diagnosed with OCD, the most troubling part of which involves unwanted thoughts of molesting my 1-year old niece or other children. I am afraid I have been misdiagnosed and am actually a pedophile. The reason I fear this is because in addition to having the intrusive thoughts, I have thoughts such as "maybe I am attracted to children" ; "maybe I think a child would enjoy being molested and there is nothing wrong with it" ; "maybe the only reason I haven't acted out on these thoughts is because I am afraid of getting caught". I also sometimes purposely think of molesting a child and try to test my reaction to it - which often leaves me feeling more confused. I am nearly constantly distressed over this, can you please offer insight?
 
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Luci

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Do you have a care team or support worker who you trust and can speak to and explore this? I'm not familiar with what you are describing but the important part is remembering that's all they are, thoughts. You know that you mustn't act on them. Paedophiles are people who are sexually attracted to children. Aside from these intrusive thoughts are you sexually attracted to children? It sounds to me like you are experiencing distress and your brain is coming up with nasty thoughts as a way to distract you? No child wants, or will enjoy, being molested and you know that
 
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