Is there any way to tell if a memory is false?

2 August 2019 - 16:53

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I know it’s bad to ask for reassurance, but I know the only way of combatting this form of OCD is to accept the uncertainty and move forward with my life. I need a push however. I can’t accept the uncertainty unless I can assure myself that this memory is caused by intrusive thoughts and not by an action I really did in the past. 

Please, does anyone know how to differentiate a real memory from one that is false? Is there a way to tell? 

 

 

 

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I've been in the same boat. Ruminating for long long periods of time.

First are you on any medication. I finally ha e started to get my dosing right and it has helped.

To answer your question, it is hard, but try to go some time without thinking about it. Allow yourself a break and remove yourself from the thoughts. This can help provide clarity.

OCD sucks. Hang in there!

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Funny enough I wrote about this tonight, long story short, if you did it, you wouldn’t question it, not one teeny bit, if you have to question it then it’s OCD, I recommend brain lock, but you need to be committed to following through to see results  

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Could you explain brainlock?

3 August 2019 - 0:27

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Thanks for both of your replies, it’s nice knowing I’m not alone in this. OCD is horrific. And Stuckinarut, if you could explain what brainlock is it would be great I’m not currently on any medication, but contemplating going on a low dose of something to ease the anxiety, it seems that when I’m feeling anxious in general my ocd is 100x worse - hopefully less anxiety will help take away the importance of the thoughts. If either of you would like a chat about anything feel free to message me 

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Brainlock is a book, it’s a bit heavy going at times but in a nutshell it teaches you to relabel your thoughts ( it’s not me it’s my ocd) reattribute ( I have these thoughts because of an imbalance in my brain) refocus ( do something else) and revalue... can’t remember that one I’m still reading the book lol, but this book, medication and the cbt is really helping me. Currently I have a loop tape playing with my intrusive thought repeating in a loop, I have to listen until my anxiety decreases. It’s exposure work, it’s hard work but I’m seeing results! If you guys want to pm me too feel free! I can be slow at replying sometimes apologies! 

 

 

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This link explains it way better than I did, but you need to commit to it, obviously we all have slip ups, I had one earlier after my exposure, but false memory is the worst of the ocd I have had( at least it feels that way I’m sure I’ve thought that about all my ocd ) 

https://hope4ocd.com/foursteps.php

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3 August 2019 - 1:02

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That sounds interesting, I haven’t heard of it before so I’ll give it a go I haven’t really tried ERP for false memories, have you found it beneficial? I’m not sure how to go about it. False memory ocd has definitely been the worst form of ocd for me too, I’ve dealt with POCD and HOCD which bothered be but never to this extent. I find my OCD that isn’t intrusive thoughts related (magical thinking and contamination) is much more manageable. 

 

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