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      My mum has OCD and tries to assure me that I don’t have anything to worry. All easier said than done though, so I really have try to have empathy but feel I have none any more. She says OCD likes to outsmart what we know of ourselves and value, so it will try to find something for her to worry about. I find that I have a better grip her intrusive thoughts now in the sense that if her thought SEEMS like enjoyment, I really know it isn’t. But I feel so guilty and shameful at the possibility that I have no empathy for her. OCD is trying to steer her from her rational side. She says thoughts are just thoughts, and she is not hurting anybody. Honestly I don’t want her to suffer but don’t know how to help.

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