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    oneanon
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      Sometimes I worry that I deliberately welcome my ocd thoughts into my mind. The problem is my thoughts are so quick that I sometimes can’t figure out if it’s an intrusive thought or not. How do you know?

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      avocadosontoast
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        Hi there,

        I worry about the same thing. When I was first diagnosed I did a lot of research about OCD and after reading about some of the intrusive thoughts that other people get, I started having them as well. I couldn’t tell if I was doing it on purpose or if it was actually an intrusive thought.

        I think that if you don’t like the thoughts and find them distressing then they are probably intrusive thoughts. I found it really helpful to notice that these disturbing thoughts were causing me distress and took that distress to mean that they didn’t align with who I was.

        I hope that helps.

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