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Postby R121991 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:01 pm

About a month ago my girlfriend got a new puppy. For some reason I had a thought of hurting the puppy. I went home freaking out about to cry and told my mom. She said it was just a thought and that it was my anxiety and all in my head. Soon I thought about hurting my girlfriend, family, etc. I went to my psychologist and he said that it was anxiety and that my anxiety is already at an abnormal level to begin with. He explained how complex the brain is and that I am giving myself these ideas. Ever since then I have my good days when I can tell myself that it in fact IS my anxiety, and other days when I can't tell if it's anxiety or if I really want to hurt the puppy/people. I have seen my psych a couple of times(once every two weeks) and everyday something new pops into my head and i dwell and dwell on it. My heart races and i have this horrid feeling of dread and that i am losing my mind and I want to hurt things. Sometimes when I hold the puppy I feel like i want to hurt it. Is it my anxiety making me believe I do or do I really want to? I am lost and terrified. Please help.
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Postby jurplesman » Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:56 am

R121991 wrote:About a month ago my girlfriend got a new puppy. For some reason I had a thought of hurting the puppy. I went home freaking out about to cry and told my mom. She said it was just a thought and that it was my anxiety and all in my head. Soon I thought about hurting my girlfriend, family, etc. I went to my psychologist and he said that it was anxiety and that my anxiety is already at an abnormal level to begin with. He explained how complex the brain is and that I am giving myself these ideas. Ever since then I have my good days when I can tell myself that it in fact IS my anxiety, and other days when I can't tell if it's anxiety or if I really want to hurt the puppy/people. I have seen my psych a couple of times(once every two weeks) and everyday something new pops into my head and i dwell and dwell on it. My heart races and i have this horrid feeling of dread and that i am losing my mind and I want to hurt things. Sometimes when I hold the puppy I feel like i want to hurt it. Is it my anxiety making me believe I do or do I really want to? I am lost and terrified. Please help.


No it is not necessarily in your head but in your body unable to produce the feel good neurotransmitters that makes you feel good about yourself. Treatment is going on a Hypoglycemic Diet. Discuss withn your therapist the following article:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD) and Nutrition
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Postby Masha B » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:39 pm

Hi R121991,

It does sound like you may be suffering with OCD - having intrusive thoughts about hurting people (or animals) is a very common type of obsessions in OCD - but, unlike psychopaths, OCD sufferers do not take pleasure in these thoughts but are horrified and scared of them (which seems to be the case for you) - and never act on these thoughts, they are just very anxious that they "might" act on them. One of the most effective ways to deal with these thoughts is to stop attaching great significance to them and to stop fighting them (suppressing or fighting intrusive thoughts tends to make them worse) - most people get weird thoughts (including those of violent nature) from time to time, but by paying too much attention to them that we may be putting ourselves at risk of developing an anixety disorder.

Having these thoughts does NOT mean that you actually want to do it and does NOT mean that you are a bad person - it just means that you are a sensitive person and are scared of causing harm to others.

Below are some links to organisations that offer support and information about OCD.


OCD-UK
http://www.ocduk.org

Stuck in a Doorway - Online OCD Forum
http://www.stuckinadoorway.org/

OCD Action
http://www.ocdaction.org.uk

Anxiety UK
http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk

The Royal College of Psychiatrists' Leaflet on OCD: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealt...edisorder.aspx

Understanding OCD
http://understanding_ocd.tripod.com

Treat It, Don't Repeat It: Break Free from OCD
http://www.treatocd.org

OCD Foundation
www.ocdfoundation.org
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