- Nov 28, 2019
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?