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were these thoughts obsessions or thought insertion
When i was about nine i started to experience a strong urge which i had to put a lot of energy into not obeying to "say" blasphemous things in my head. At first i thought that this was the devil trying to tempt me like he did to jesus in the desert but quite soon after all this started i realised that these urges were due to my own mind but still experienced them and still had to put a lot of energy into not obeying them.i think this went on until i was about eleven although i am not sure if i went through good and bad periods. During those years of my life i also had a lot of bizzare beleifs eg. thinking that complete strangers were somehow deeply relevant to my life and that my parents were impostors. Would these blasphemous thoughts i felt i had to resist be classed as obsessions or as thought insertion ?
I believe most psychiatrists would consider them to be obsessions. But more importantly, is there a reason you are thinking about these now. Are you under a lot of stress or simply curious. If stress, you should address the cause.
I really have no clue, but I remember being around the same age doing the exact same thing. I would try NOT to, and by trying not to, it would just happen more. I would just be cursing in my head, then feel all horrible for it. No idea.
Isn't OCD a "funny" disorder. I finally learned after over 40 years that it was OCD causing MY inner voices. I've learned to kind of laugh it off now, but in the past the deep, dark secrets that my mind thought up would really worry and disgust me. The worst of the thoughts still can disgust me, but I finally found out that those thoughts are NOT who I am, but I/we can't keep them from just popping into our heads. A couple of the lighter and funnier ones are, that whenever I would attend a symphony, play or other public venue, my mind would tell me to push old ladies down the stairs or to get up in the middle of a show and just scream to see what happened. Of course I never acted on these thoughts. I'm also a "counter," and have always counted things. It comes in especially handy when watching movies where there is gunfire. It's amazing how the actors can shoot 8 or 10 bullets from a 6 shooter. I'm glad that I finally found out where these thoughts came from and can put a name on it. So, as long as you are not acting on your invasive thoughts...might as well enjoy them.
Oh yeah, speaking of blasphemous thoughts and dirty words. At least once, my mind made me wonder what the world record for saying the word F*ck was, and that if I said it or thought it continuously for an hour would I "win" the world record. There have been other words like this....I just laugh it off and try to see the humor in "our" disorder.
hey gnosis, i used to have that happen to me when i was about 10 or 11. i would think thoughts like-the devil is good. then i would say false. weird thoughts like that. i was later diagnosed with ocd, so im sure u have nuttin to worry about
Oh man, yes! I get those thoughts too and i'm relieved to hear that others have them. I've been depressed for a while and with all this introspection as of late, i've wondered about my other foibles.
I don't know who posted it, but when someone said they imagined them getting up and screaming in the middle of theri performance...boy, hit the nail on the head. I'll imagine these dumb dumb dumb things, in my head, seemingly just to torture myself. Like, doing or thinking of doing the exact opposite of whatever is appropritate in a given situation.
I think I have OCD, but I have not had treatement,
I have read a LOT about it and I am very sure.
I am in a very bad state recently, what you guys
are saying is totally completing the puzzle, but
I am going crazy trying to control my thoughts here.
So what is the treatement ?
For all you ones having any strange or analytic thought patterns I know exactly how you feel as I used to have them as well. However, with the helpful advice from a book called "Hope and help for your nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes plus a healthy diet and nutritional supplements I have pretty much overcome the problem.
In her book she says to : Firstly face the problem, accept it for what it is, float with and through it, and let time pass. In other words, we mustn't fight it as it is really the result of an overtired mind playing tricks on us. So, go with the flow so to speak as anxiety only makes it worse. Learn to laugh about it.
In time it will all settle down again. Practice some deep breathing every day ( especially at times when the thoughts get bad )and do any other relaxation techniques you prefer. Learn to look after yourselves in all the ways that are healthy and focus on those. Believe me, you can win through so keep positive.
All the best to you all.
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