17 June 2016 - 3:52
Hey all, I am new to the forum, but not new to OCD. I have had this diagnosis for about 6 years, and take medication, plus go to therapy. I still have ups and downs, but overall, feel a lot better about the condition than what I used to feel.
With OCD, as many of you know, one of the most tormenting things are these thoughts that appear in the form of doubts... "Did I (insert some awful thing)...." And then we think about it so much we wonder if it was an actual event we are remembering, and that's when the dread, the rumination, and the compulsions start. Does anyone have any tips or anything they have picked up on with how to distinguish a real memory from a thought or a false memory? Here is what I have picked up on......
So many times when we think of our OCD memories, we remember just OUR actions..... but for every action we do, there has to be another action by another person! And if we did this awful thing that we think we did, there would most certainly be another reaction from the person we think we offended. So many times in these "memories," I can't ever remember a response from the offended person. With a real memory, this would not be the case! Feel free to continue discussion on this topic, as I feel this is something that torments a lot of people with OCD.