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      My son had ocd intrusive thoughts; luckily those don’t scare him anymore. But a new ocd thought seems to be a different case. It was exceptionally distressing to him because it felt as if he found genuine interest in the thought, and it lasted longer than his usual thoughts. It felt really real in comparison to his other intrusive thoughts and for a few days in a row now he’s been trying to prove that it wasn’t actually real- but lack of clarity starts creating false memories, I worry that he’s just making excuses for his denial and so on. He’s actually worried that it wasn’t an intrusive thought at all and that he said he ”caught myself” finding interest in a sudden bad image in his head.

      I try to keep in mind that intrusive thoughts can feel really real, but the fact that this one was so much scarier than the previous makes me really worry about him. I haven’t yet been able to get him therapy for this, but I’m planning to as soon as I can. thank you for any advice.

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