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"The Anatomy of a Horrific Thought in Pure-O"
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"The Anatomy of a Horrific Thought in Pure-O"

Taken from the OCD Workbook:  Your Guide to Breaking Free of OCD.

Intrusive thought --> Catastrophic appraisal of the thought --> Increased anxiety and worry --> Overcontrol strategies which include Vigilence (Could I really do it? and Covert rituals (testing) --> temporary anxiety reduction --> The cycle starts over again.  

"Primarily obsessional OCD begins with an intrusive, distressing thought that the person appraises in a particularly negative way.  In the person's mind, the thought is experienced as having the same reality or importance as an action.  As a result, the person attempts to avoid or suppress the thought.  This leads to various overcontrol strategies to reduce anxiety, including mental rituals.  While these strategies may reduce discomfort, the effect is only temporary, and then the cycle begins again."
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thanks! I was the person who commented on the hocd post 2 days ago. ill start my own question thread though.
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GOD THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS! I didnt know this is a thing that im suffering from. Thank you so much.
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This is such a helpful thread, everyone suffering from OCD, or even severe anxiety with OCD-like tendencies need to read this and understand the process behind it, and understand that the LAST thing one should do is feed into those thoughts.  Read it over and over!  Print it out and tape it on your fridge.

I think it's also important to remind everyone...posting, lurking, reading that the replies that will be helpful are the ones who help the person learn how to overcome that thought process, versus entering into more discussion about the thoughts themselves.  

I've seen this on the HIV forum...the more we try to reassure someone with HIV anxiety by discussing the physiology of HIV, or the facts of HIV, the more anxiety induced questions are raised.  Someone with these kinds of thought processes can NOT be reassured by rehashing the intimate details of the fear.  It will actually only fuel the compulsion/checking need.  

I think it's an important reminder because so many OPs want to rehash the details over and over, and it's easy to think that if we do that, and give them facts, it will help them move on.  That would be true in a lot of situations, but not when it comes to obsessive/intrusive thoughts.  I think anyone replying to people in these kinds of situations needs to keep that in mind.
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Nursegirl6572 : you are correct. I have done 60 hiv tests after 168 days from my exposure and still can get this doubt out of my mind. When I test I feel temporary reassurance and then the doubts (what ifs and maybe) comes back in my head to haunt me. I then get very worried again and test again. I have been doing this cycle for 10 months now even though I know I am well and good to go. Honestly I am very tired of testing over and over again. I just want to get back to my normal self again but these damn testing urges keep controlling me and ruining my family life and career. I am married with 2 wonderful kids and have promised myself to be faithful from here onwards. I guess the guilt is also part of my hiv ocd. Do you think if I stopand resist the urge to test I will get this damn ocd and anxiety to go away. I am desperate to get back to my normal self. Thanks in advance for your advice
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You need to get some help.  You've kept yourself stuck in this cycle for so long, I would doubt you'll just be able to stop, most people need help managing their OCD, whether it be with just therapy, or therapy and meds.

You may be able to reduce your testing, but I think in order to really get this under control, you need some help from people who CAN help!

Good luck!
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Thanks for the advice nursegirl6572.  My last test was yesterday which made it exactly 300 days since my exposure last year September 27th 2013. I am going to my therapist this Tuesday as I really need to stop this testing cyle and believe I am hiv negative.  Its really tough but I think I can do it. Thanks again
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i really wonder how many people become ocd after a bad sexual experience, for what i have read i have become bipolar and ocd.

on top of sexual health giving on school some one should point out that having  random encounters might lead to developed physical and or metal disease.
i know they trying to make sex safer and less scary than what it is already but god if i knew only the agony that i am going through right now i swear i wouldn't never done it.
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one more thing, up on reading the line again basically say that a person, has  a though in which he is trying to act up on.

the question really is how you get rid of it how to move forward, like in my case i got an infection doctors told me it will go away on it's own which i doubt but still the pain and distress is causing me to roll insane.
i can't stand being sick.
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the question really is how you get rid of it how to move forward, like in my case i got an infection doctors told me it will go away on it's own which i doubt but still the pain and distress is causing me to roll insane.

Well, you essentially have to help yourself.  Doing things that keep you thinking about HIV (like posting in an HIV forum like you've been doing) do NOT help you.  With the help of a professional, and a concerted effort on your part to help yourself, you can move past this obsession.
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