Most people with OCD sooner or later experience harm OCD or hocd as their major or minor OCD theme. This makes harm OCD one of the most common types of OCD. This article will explain what is harm OCD, how to correctly identify it and how to start overcoming hocd.
Harm OCD or hocd is a type of OCD obsessions. It can often be a subtype of pure obsessional type of OCD, but not always. A person with hocd is constantly worried that he or she may do something od have
done something in the past that will cause harm to someone else. For example, a person can be worried that when they drive and go over a speed bump they actually hit someone. They may try to drive back to the spot to make sure they did not hit anyone or check the news for any accident reports in their area.
Harm OCD almost always comes with extreme feelings of guilt and hyper responsibility. The sufferer always thinks that the safety of everyone else is his or her personal responsibility.
Harm OCD also comes with feeling of guilt. The sufferer thinks that they are guilty and responsible if something goes wrong with someone else.
In order to identify whether a thought is a hocd obsession, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Am I doubting this thought as OCD?
2. Is this thought repetitive?
3. Do I feel morally responsible for the safety of someone else when in fact most people would not care as much as I do?
4. Am I afraid that I am a bad person?
5. Am I going over this situation in my mind over and over again to try and solve it?
6. Is the thought making me extremely anxious and difficult to focus on anything else?
7. Do I feel the urge to confess the thought to someone else?
If the answer to most of these questions is yes then you are experiencing harm OCD or hocd as it is also known.
To stop these feeling you need to start viewing them differently. Instead of taking them as a valid fear, view them as a misfiring signal in your mind. Allow them to stay in your mind but do not address them.
Just give them some room and let them be. Do not try to solve them or to make them go away. Let them stay but do not take them seriously. After all they are not real valid fears but just a symptom of an illness called OCD. There is no need to fear them. As soon as you see that you have nothing to do with these thoughts, they will go away. They have no power on their own, they are only powered by your fear of them. Once you remove the fear the thoughts will go away.
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