Brothers and sisters, we have ocd. We must accept this first before any recovery can happen. Accept ocd is the doubting disease and that you cannot trust your thoughts nor emotions unless you've gotten therapy and understand what's happening. We cannot live a life kinda accepting we have ocd and also believing that it's something else and that we are crazy or bad people. We must accept we have ocd, that ocd makes us feel like that but that the reality is that we have a mental illness. Thank God for these good news! Good news? How is an illness good news? Well it means we aren't responsible for our thoughts and obsessions, we aren't responsible for the doubt and guilt that come from having intrusive thoughts, it means we are actually pretty good people that care so much for others, for nature, for our health, for God, you know what you care about the most because your ocd tells you all the time. God has a special place in His heart for the sick, imagine Jesus holding you always in His hands knowing you're sick knowing that you're trying hard to recover knowing that ocd causes you so much suffering, imagine Him holding you always and never letting go because He loves you and cares about you more than we can imagine, so now that we know this, what can we lose by seeking help? By resisting compulsions and ignoring the obsessions? Think about what you can gain, the reasons why you want to recover, tell God about it. You're not an exception, you're not making it up, enough is enough with the overthinking, you're not fighting alone, the Maker of Heaven and Earth is with us always, even if you don't believe He's with you and loves you as you are. Trust Him. Fight with the tools we've been given. God bless you and tell me what compulsions will you be resisting today? I will resist my swallowing compulsion and doors compulsion. We will win!
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My brother and I are very into philosophy, and he is an incredibly intelligent individual. He's always been a big influence on me, but I have a more positive outlook on life while he has a more negative one. Sometimes when he's depressed, he'll send me very dark bits of philosophy. My OCD loves to run wild with it and say that because he thinks what he does and because he is smart, he's right. It makes me feel like I can't trust my own beliefs. I don't know what to do.
So, right now I'm dealing with obsessing about a thought that I had been dealing with but now can't remember what it was about and my mind wants to figure it out but I know if I do that then I won't be able to stop the mental compulsions.. this is crazy and ocd sucks andis not fair.
I went through and wrote down all the things I was paranoid about past few month's after covid and starting to realize its just paranoia because now none of it makes sense 😂 I'm starting to feel better thanks God I just laugh theses thoughts off best I can do
On tough days like today, keep it simple. Ocd asks of us difficult complicated compulsions and overthinking. Let's fight back with what ocd hates. Be simple. Today live simple. Mess uo the compulsions shrug your shoulders and move on keep it simple. Let God be God, your Savior and Father and He will take care of it. You don't have to solve anything today. Breathe in and out and let Jesus take care of it. Because otherwise we're back to the same spot. Be simple and trust God's love.
The images and paranoid starting to go away today probably one my best days so far I still don't feel really anything but I'm glad the images are starting to go away they try to come back but I don't try to let it in hope I don't ever go through anything like paranoid again ever
Does anyone kind of feel like they hear voices? Like internally in your head. Like when I was doing an exposure this morning it’s like a voice told me this bad thing will happen if I do it. I still did the exposure but it’s freaky when this happens.
I get so guilty if I say something and it wasn’t completely the truth and I feel so sick and I often confess it and then it makes things worse for the other person. My therapist wants me to do exposure therapy by telling white lies, and it’s killing me. I can barely look my wife in the eye because I feel like I lied to her and it’s such a burden for me to carry and I feel disconnected from her.
Hey everyone! So I’m new to this community. Even though I first started noticing my symptoms in my late teens after almost 15 years I finally got my diagnosis. I thought I had overcome a lot of it and it wasn’t “bad enough”to be diagnosed, but I never realized that a lot of it had to do with my thought processes as well. I had only paid attention to the cleaning or “evening out” of things or physical touch. But wow im so shocked to learn that alllllll the other things that were driving me crazy in my own head were a part of ocd. Checking again and again, asking for reassurance, immense amount of guilt and shame, so much anxiety and fears or worries bad things would happen. Feeling like I couldn’t move on until things were “perfect” and much more. It’s a lot to absorb and this past week has been exhausting coming to fully acknowledge all the mental health obstacles that I have been ignoring for so many years. I’m sooo so glad I can speak to people who fully relate to the struggle. We are all beautiful and in my eyes, we have already succeeded as people given the trauma and angst we’ve been through, we’ve done the best we could to survive. Now let’s keep going until we start thriving and break the chains that have been holding us back from freedom and happiness. 🙏🏼🙏🏼
Brothers and sisters, stand up to your fears, the only way to take power away from your fears is to face them look them in the eye and face them. Today I challenge you to say I have ocd, so what! And try your best to resist compulsions, this is not a substitute for therapy but this attitude is needed to fight back and be successful in therapy. Before of after that pray the serenity prayer. Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference. Amen. God bless you, He's always with us. Don't be afraid.
Any fellow Christians out there have advice for coping with OCD during Lent? I can understand it being particularly difficult for those of us with OCD to know where to draw the line, and wanted to open up a space for anyone to share any tips or advice or just general thoughts they have!
My ocd usually focuses on my faith. It’s either I’m not a real Christian, my faith isn’t sincere, I don’t really believe, or it’s obsessive doubt about if what I believe in is the truth. Basically fear that maybe my faith is misplaced, Christianity isn’t true, etc. Of course the second one (doubting what I believe in) only makes the first one worst (I must be a fake Christian). I’ve also been having a lot of obsessive thoughts about dying and it seems to be on my mind constantly. Like just constant hyper-awareness that I and everyone will die. (Sorry, I Know that’s a downer.) This is kinda new for me and I don’t know how to go about dealing with it. I think it’s likely related to the obsessive doubt in Christianity, because obviously that makes the thought of death scarier. I feel like other Christians will think I’m a very bad Christian for having obsessive doubt that the Bible and Christianity are true. I know people don’t really understand that it’s part of OCD, because it looks like I just don’t have any faith. My compulsions for this basically look like ruminating and researching if the Bible can be trusted or if it’s accurate. And it’s rational, because obviously I want to believe in what is true. And I’m so obsessed with making sure what I believe in is really true. So yeah, any thoughts or advice would be nice. Thanks guys
Dear brothers and sisters, war is scary and should never happen. Unfortunately it's happening now in Ukraine. Some of you might have family or friends there. I want to extend my prayers to all and pray that they remain safe. I want to write this to let you know that you still matter, your problems matter, you should not stop the treatment you're in, keep going with therapy. Do not fall trap to the lies that will come with ocd saying that your problems don't matter compared to the people who suffer the violence of war. Ocd will try to convince you that you are not worth it. It's all lies. Everything ocd says is lies. Keep pushing forward against ocd with therapy, with prayer. God loves you. Want to help people in Ukraine good, there's official sites you can donate to but more importantly, pray for them! A simple prayer from the heart is enough. If prayer is something that gives you lots of anxiety right now then pray in the simplest way possible, look up to the heavens and smile, that's a prayer, a tear that rolls down your cheek that's a prayer. Talk to your Heavenly Father who loves you. War cannot and will not win. God's grace and love are sufficient and His light overcomes the darkness always. Keep working on your therapy push harder if anything. Do not be afraid. The Almighty LORD is with us, pray for mercy for those who started the war for they too are children of God. Do not despair! Let the thoughts come and go, resist compulsions and put all your trust in God your Heavenly Father, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. God bless you
I’m really really struggling. I was having major intrusive thoughts about losing my mind and now I’m having bad anxiety mixed with religion intrusive thoughts. It’s making me feel so bad because I always love praying and talking to God and now I feel like I’m offending him with my intrusive thoughts and having unwanted thoughts that are against my beliefs. Sometimes it’s a mix of both. I feel like I’m losing it and that’s why I’m having these thoughts. Advice would be so appreciated.
Right now I feel like God is disappointed in me because of one of my tattoos that has pagan history even though I did not know it had that history and I do not align with paganism and im afraid that im going to be punished because of it, even though im making efforts to getting it removed.
Hey i Need help With this . I do not 100% know if what I feel is „real“ love for a person. And saying I love you is hard sometimes because it feels like i‘m „lying“ or something like that . At the same time I’m religious and do not want to lie and it makes me feel bad what do I do ?
Trigger warning I have scrupulousity and often when I actually am trying to pray for forgiveness I find myself thinking that I’m not being genuine. Sometimes I find myself doing compulsions and having intrusive thoughts while praying but I also feel like sometimes I pray more as a compulsion than rather a genuine prayer seeking God’s forgiveness.
I had a long, rough night and dealt with it in a way I regret which made it a longer, rougher night. I feel like I’ve made progress in most of my themes but it feels like the retroactive jealousy theme is just sooo persistent and also confusing to think of from an OCD perspective. I realized last night that I am probably just really impatient with it and try to come at it with all the artillery when the thoughts come (ERP messaging, ACT though defusion, CBT belief challenging, eventually compulsions) rather than regular, consistent practice. Is there anybody who might be willing to help hold me accountable to practicing exposures and mindfulness daily?
I am afraid starting ERP because of what I have read. I think they will make me do things that is against my religion such as worshipping and keeping images of saints at home and pray to the devil. It really gives me distress thinking about it and I feel like I should avoid ERP altogether. Afraid that God will disapprove of me.
Has anyone else had intrusive thoughts about converting to another religion? It's really weird so for context I grew up in a very Christian family, don't really believe in it anymore and now am happily Buddhist but when my anxiety spikes I'll have these thoughts about Jesus, and becoming a Christian and they foce themselves into my head. I even sat there and really tried to determine if it was a desire or not and I just kept feeling like I wanted to convert to make the thoughts stop, not that it was a true feeling of mine. Has anyone gone through something similar? I've tried looking through the moral and religious ocd stuff and I'm not finding something that's exactly what I'm going through so idk what to think.
I have a fear of getting better. Like when I wonder if something's a sin, I use OCD like "even if I'm wrong, mental illness lessens culpability" but then what if my OCD goes away I get that pretty much no one is 100% of what is and isn't sin so how do I know what to avoid *sigh*
What do you do when you start wanting the sinful thoughts? Like, you're sure as sunrise you mean the thoughts and know that, even if they're somewhat intrusive, you do (in a way) want to say them and find yourself looking for ways to make them even worse?
Still dealing with the same thoughts about not doing a compulsion over a thought that I've engaged in.. I know that I don't have to do the compulsion it's a mental compulsion btw.. and I will not do the compulsion but still I feel like if I don't do the mental compulsion this thought will be with me the rest of my life.. which I know all of this my OCD. Has anyone ever dealt with this? If so...how did you get through it. Don't know if I should actually talk to a ocd therapist or not..
Christian Scrupulosity Peeps As you know, our OCD can tend to create a distorted view of who God actually is, who we are, and how we are supposed to live as Christians. It’s even more difficult when the one place we are supposed to go for peace seems to condemn. Yes, we must do ERP in order to fight back against the OCD demon. But we also need to take attention off of ourselves and turn it to who God actually is. We need to get a right view of who he says he is from the Bible. With that, I’m going to be starting a live stream either on Friday nights or Saturday nights that is geared for those of us in this boat. The focus would be encouragement to keep paddling, truth of who God is as he actually is, in general fellowship. I found for many those nights can be the most lonely times when evil thoughts start to churn up about not being worth it anymore. I know this because I’ve had those thoughts. I’m curious if people here would be interested in it. We happen to have quite a few scrupulous people in our church, and we have a good mental health support group so I’m doing this for them and any others that would benefit. Ultimately it’s for Gods glory not my own. I’m battling right along with you. Have been for four years now. Thanks
I will never leave you nor forsake you - Christ I am new to OCD (recently diagnosed a few months ago). Had a bad episode today. This is the only thing that helps me breathe during the day at times, this promise. No matter how much I fail, no matter the swirling thoughts, i can still trust God to be there, mercy and grace in hand, to pick me back up to try again. I can still go to Him because of His Sons sufficiency in my place. I am not called to be perfect I am called to trust in His sufficiency and move in Him. His grace IS sufficient.
So I‘m a Christian and it says that everything you do , like making someone a gift or using make up , you should do with pure motives or thoughts. For me I feel like everything I do is not fully pure. Of course I want love to be in the world an peace and happiness, but I also like getting attention or compliments, I like making myself pretty , I like Beeing proud when I did something good . Maybe I‘am not made to be a Christian, maybe it is to late for me but I suffer and are not happy right know since I try to get under als theses rules, I really do not know how to behave right or how other Christians are so happy under all these laws.
I wish I had real friends that I could share things with. I'm so mad at this one guy, who used to be my best friend. Many years ago he challenged my religious beliefs and made me feel stupid for being part of a religion. I've spent so many nights worrying about him That his dumbass opinions about politics and religion were infiltrating my brain. Trying to break free from it.
I have a question for other people with Religious OCD or anyone that can help. Is it normal to feel guilty about not praying, worshiping, reading, etc enough? I struggle everyday feeling like I’m not doing enough and i also struggle to feel God’s presence. Like if I’m doing something or just relaxing enjoying myself I get this feeling like I could read right now and do more. I normally read at night before bed because its the time I’m most alone and not around family (I just like the be able to be personal with God) but when i wait till bed i get this feeling that I’m doing something wrong like that i should have done it at a different time and it would be better. And then I start worrying I’m not putting God first when i try to but i alway fall short. I try to pray every time before I eat, pray generally throughout the day and before bed. I try to listen to Christian music when i can but when i chose sometimes to listen to older music even though there isn’t anything wrong with the songs I feel so guilty because I should have listen to Christian music. I also feel guilty when i enjoy a gift or get a paycheck because its like i don’t want to put anything before God and i don’t want to enjoy this thing because its of the world in a way. Its materialistic. I try to read at least a devotional and the verse of the day and any verses that go along with the devotional i try to take to heart. I do that daily unless I absolutely cant i don’t normally miss a day of that ( i know devotions cant replace reading the Bible by yourself. I try to read like more of the Bible daily but reading the Bible itself sometimes triggers me to worry so Im slowly trying to get into more of my own personal study) I’m really lost in what to do. My anxiety was doing better and i was able to feel God. But for a past few months its been dead I don’t know if I’m worrying to much or something. I try to get into the Bible but everything has become so much more stressful because of how much I worry about how I’m doing in my walk as a Christian. Its like i want to feel God and i want to be better so bad but it wont happen. I know i cant earn anything i just don’t know how to do better. I know i could read more everyone could but what if im not doing it right or just not enough heart put into reading. I have tried but im not sure what to do.
Been struggling for months. Everyday is a battle, my mind flooded with questions regarding my religion. My boyfriend watched a Marvel movie and my mind just latched on maybe it's wrong, what if we aren't compatible. Maybe God doesn't want us to be together. Maybe I'm more spiritual than him. What if it is wrong? What if I go to hell? I always end up sneakily asking reassurance. Being the loving bf that he is, he just wants me to be happy. But I have so much guilt because I can't seem to get better and the thoughts to not latch on. It gets so exhausting. Mixing faith and ROCD and religion can be extremely difficult... Anyone on any advice? I've been stuck in this pattern for about 2 months. Something small triggers and I just fall right back in. I always end up feeling even further away from God and I start to panic even more.
Hi I am struggling with scrupulously and exententail ocd about the devil torture me after I die. So as a compulsion I made a deal with the devil to test if he was real and thankfully it didn’t come true but I’m scared that mabye he may still send me to eternal damnation. Pls help😭
Brothers and sisters what a beautiful thing it is to trust completely in God and move forward into uncertainty and to trust the therapy He has sent our way knowing that He holds our hand and never let's go leading us towards Him every step we dare take forward! Glory be to God amen.
Are there any other Christians struggling with Real Event OCD? Specifically being able to differentiate between if it’s the OCD making me feel like I need to confess to more people or if it’s actually guilt coming from the Holy Spirit that is trying to convict me so that I will talk with elders in the church or something, etc.? For a tad more information in case it helps you respond to me- The “real event” wasn’t any action(s) that I committed. It was just thoughts/feelings that I had that were inappropriate. I never acted on them and never would. I even prayed them away when I had them at times, but I don’t think it’s fair to call them intrusive either. I feel like they were my thoughts/feelings. I already confessed to my husband 728734 times and will be talking to a counselor in January (first she had available), but in the mean time I am struggling very, very badly. It’s led me to being very depressed and my mind constantly swirling like a tornado. It’s also led to lots of other “themes”… also, I’m new to OCD. I’ve only been seen in the past professionally very briefly for “general anxiety” although it’s starting to become clear to me that I’ve had OCD all along.
Quick question... does anyone know if ERP can help with fear of dying or someone close to you dying? The thoughts consume me from the time I wake up until I sleep. I've always considered myself a woman of faith. Then I think to myself "If My Faith Was Strong, I Wouldn't Even Worry"... and then I start thinking that God is disappointed with me. I've had extreme panic attacks since I was young. It's controlled by rescue med. I've been on antidepressants. I know when I'm on the right one, the need for rescue med decreases. Am I alone in this fear? Does ERP help?
I feel like I really can’t share my thoughts with my therapist, including real events (evil/twisted things I’ve done). It’s really not helpful to hear (“you can tell your therapist anything” or “it doesn’t do any good to keep things from them” or “they only want to help you”) because I honestly feel like I can’t in the moment and they’re too evil. Like when I’m in session I can’t even get a word out without screaming and/or shutting down. But I know these things have a major grip on me and I need to say something.Any tips?? I feel like I’m wasting my time and my therapists time and resources but I’m really, really trying
Somewhere on here I mentioned that i talk to myself alot, and that sometimes I talk to other people without names, just wanting to get someone to answer me back. Well, when you do that, you can make yourself crazy because you might make yourself angry. So much that you don't want to talk to yourself anymore. Now however, I have a Great Someone I talk out loud to about my problems. He doesn't judge me, He just let's me talk, and I end up realizing where my problem lies. Never do I go away angry, nor does He. He is always forgiving, and never misleads me. And He is always there for me 24/7. My Great Someone is God. He is helping me through this journey as well. The depression, anxiety, and OCD are tough, but God is tougher. I will get through this. With God, all things are Possible.. Have a great day my friends, and believe God is in Control.
Oh hey, OCD warrior here, just wanted to let everyone know it DOES get better. I haven't posted or even looked on NOCD for over 2 years now (until now lol) because I don't need it anymore. For such a long time I was at a place with my OCD where I didn't think I would ever get out of the hole my OCD had dug me into. I was hopeless, I really thought I would never get better, but with therapy and medication, I DID! No matter how much you feel or believe that you're stuck like this forever if you do the work I promise you will be ok. My HOCD and other OCD topics barely bother me ever anymore, even though that seemed impossible for a while. Please keep going, you deserve to live a good life.
hey everyone. my OCD has been making me scared of getting my septum pierced like i wanted to on my birthday this month, telling me it would make me "more evil". I decided to face that fear and do it anyway, because I deserve to do things i've always wanted to do. Here's to facing your fears ❤️
Would this be considered OCD? When I get up in the morning, I consider myself downstairs. As the day goes on, noon and afternoon become the landing of the staircase, and evening and night become the upstairs. I also do the same thing only different with age and using a ladder. From baby to five is one level, age six to ten, another level, eleven to fifteen, another level, sixteen to twenty, another level. after twenty, it goes in ten rungs of the ladder, like twenty one to thirty, and so on. Also with the age the ladder starts out going upwards, then to the right, then up, then to the right. I've never thought much about it until now. Just a question. Doesn't feel like it would be to me, but then a lot of things are that I wouldn't think of as being.
For years I've had fantasies (not intrustive thoughts) about the worst things you can imagine which I felt no guilt for. Like zero. 5 months ago I had a breakdown over thoughts I was a bad girlfriend and exhibited classic ROCD signs. My therapist has told me I have OCD. I check, I ruminate, I confess, I have now started making up false memories which is really fun (sarcasm) and best of all I try to find certainty in every possible scenario. The difficulty is I have these fantasies without guilt. So therefore, they aren't intrustive thoughts which is a core component of OCD. My obsessions and compulsions are around if I'm a bad person and how can I prove if I am or I'm not. So much that I have started believing in God and I am convinced that there is some sort of higher power that is trying to out me to friends and family because I need to be punished for all of these sick thoughts that have given me pleasure. It is really difficult because I do not want to act on these thoughts and have no intention. But I recognise they are not intrusive in nature. My intrusive thoughts are "what does this mean about me as a person? do I need to be locked up? I need to leave my boyfriend and family" and the classic suicide/going straight to hell thoughts. I wondered if anyone else had fantasies and not intrustive thoughts but also had OCD? (not seeking reassurance but would just like to not feel like I'm the worst person in the world at the moment)
Does anyone have intrusive thoughts around the vaccine? Specifically religious? I’ve already had my first dose and I heard an anti vaxer say that taking the shot is against God. Like the Mark or something. I’m really struggling with this. I felt confident at first but I think it’s just my OCD getting to me. Prayers would be also greatly appreciated! My faith is everything to me in this world and I’ve been praying, but feeling not as close as I was before. I think again it’s just my OCD play with me.
I need advice y’all. I have religious OCD and currently I have bee so worried about my intrusive thoughts about bad words and thinking sinful things. I really don’t want to curse or like cursing. But I keep thinking of bad words that would offend God or be consider blasphemy and every time i pray for forgiveness but i just feel like I’m going to go to hell. Also i have thoughts about the unforgivable sin. I know the unforgivable sin can be a hard topic because many people have different beliefs of it. But I just stress so much about committing it and then my brain will think of the it and like as if i agree with the sin and it stresses me out so much. I really don’t want to go to hell. But i worry sometimes what if it isn’t OCD and I’m just like this. Does anyone have this feeling or relate? Im open to advice.
I’ve been “owning” my intrusive thoughts and just taking over the thought and allowing myself to take it all the way down to worst case scenario and I just start laughing! I don’t know what clicked in my brain yesterday I was miserable but I did some exercises on this app and they really helped. Thank God for this free app! And thank the good people who made this company you guys are groundbreaking!
Dear brothers and sisters, ocd is not your friend, therefore do not treat it as such, it is not to be nurtured or to be given the benefit of the doubt by fearing what it says. Ocd is also not even the enemy, it has no power over you nor should you treat it as such. Ocd is barely just a loud stranger who is to be ignored, and when the tike is right confronted and told to go away. The way we stand up to ocd is through erp and facing our fears. The more you run from your fears the more they will chase you, the moment you turn and face your fears, you take them by surprise and take all power away from them, if they can't chase you then what power do they have? Intrusive thoughts are as human as breathing and you don't control either one of them. But when you try to control either one you realize they're best left alone. This is where trust comes in. Trust in your body, it does things we sometimes don't understand but that's ok let it be, trust therapy because it's there to help guide us when we need help, and trust your Heavenly Father who created you with all His love and has never abandoned you nor will He ever do so. The same God that created the universe created you and thought that this world was not complete without you in it. Allow Him to love you as you are, trust Him. God bless you
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Hi my little community :) After a longggggggg journey I finally don't have OCD anymore and I know I will never have it again and I'm writing this post to share the secret to overcome it. I've had existential, HOCD, incest, POCD, contamination, ROCD depersonalisation, zoophilia, false memory, scrupulosity, harm, religious, real memory, somatic, and many other forms of ocd that would make me lose my mind with all the questioning. I've reached too many low points in my journey and at some points I wanted to end my life convinced that I was the worst person in the world. I've had it since I was 5 years old, but it got extremely serious around the age of 14. I finally sought treatment at 19, and fully recovered at 20. I started treatment on my own by watching YouTube until I then decided to do treatment with NOCD. Unfortunately it felt like my therapy sessions were just repeats of what I was learning on YouTube so I stopped and continued treatment on my own. I thought that I could do it by myself, but honestly it was so difficult and I hit so many discouraging low points, until I tried one last thing.....I discovered this man named Eckhart Tolle on YouTube. This man changed my life. Through his teachings, I learned that OCD is no different than anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other anxiety related disorders. I've learned that they all result from letting your mind and thoughts control your mind. So the secret is: That you must practice becoming the observer of your thoughts, learn to stop interacting with them, learn that you are separate from your thoughts, and live your life through the lens of the presence rather than the narratives your mind makes about the presence. You see, your brain's job is to collect information and perceive it. However, at many times, the brain is just spitting out illogical information based on your fears, experiences, memories, etc. Once you learn that your thoughts are separate from you and your experiences, then will you be able to fully overcome "OCD" and anything life throws at you. Its a concept that's difficult to understand at first, but once you get it, you get it, and it will change your life.
Brothers and sisters, peace be with you, never hesitate to run to your Heavenly Father who is always with us not because we earned his love nor because we live a holy life but because He loved us first. Out of His Mercy and Love He walks alongside us at all time, through light and shadow His Love is greater than our fears. Live life dare to enjoy life even in the midst of trouble and anxiety because God walks with you. You are a beloved child of God never forget that! God bless you.
How intrusive thoughts really work? When you get a "bad thought" you usually try to cancel it with a positive word, sentence, because you feel anxious about it and try to make the anxiety go away, but that is just temporary and bad in the long run. They will return stronger and stronger everytime they rise back up, don't let your guard down! The most effective way to deal with is to acknowledge that they are here and ignore them, embrace the feeling of anxiety. It will go away and won't get any worse than this, it gets lowered by the process called habituation. Don't let it scare you! It might be frightening but it is for your own good and you can do this, you will be better. While ignoring the bad thoughts that arise, you can practice mindfulness or do what you enjoy the most!
Something I've been struggling with recently is not knowing if I left religion due to my own choice or if it was more of an OCD choice, I say this because everytime I think maybe I could return I get that OCD anxiety I know of all to well saying things like "God wont forgive you" "you've gone too far now" or "you dont fully believe in God so you're gonna go to hell, you're better off staying away". I know part of the reason for leaving was my own choice also but I cant help but think OCD had a big part to play, it's sad really because I hear so many times of people that feel free after leaving religion and I still dont feel like that, I almost feel lost or something.
Pray to your Heavenly Father for He always listens to His children, pray for guidance and for courage and faith to refuse compulsions and disregard obsessions when you have to, He loves you just as you are. He has never abandoned you and He will uphold you with His righteous right hand, what can ocd do to you when you have God by your side? You are a beloved child of the same God that created the universe and everything in it, you are a product of His love! You are willed out of Love! Ocd is not your fault its not a punishment but remember who is in control, your Heavenly Father and He loves you like you could never imagine. Have faith, be courageous, you are never alone!
I haven’t been diagnosed with OCD because I haven’t been able to see a therapist, but I’m almost certain I have it. I keep having intrusive thoughts and frequently feel guilty about a specific mistake a made in the past. I think that’s rumination? I’ve also noticed that I always seek reassurance whenever I feel guilty for that mistake. I know that I do it too much and shouldn’t stress out other people by always asking. I had a bad night’s sleep thinking about a mistake I made a few years ago and how I should be punished for it, so I think it may be OCD that’s making me feel excessively guilty. If I don’t seek reassurance, I tend to feel horrible. I know that I shouldn’t look for reassurance, but sitting with the feeling of intense guilt is so hard. I just wanted to share what I’ve been going through because no one close to me has OCD and I don’t think they fully understand what I’m going through. This app makes me feel like I’m not alone in this and I’m really glad this app exists.
I'm incredibly anxious right now. I can't tell if im feeling guilty or if my perfectionism and need to constantly "tell on myself" is just making me feel guilty. How can I tell? I'm worried that if I was doing something bad, if I will not be of any value anymore and I'm scared that nobody will trust me. I'm also anxious because I probably over-explained myself and sought reassurance a few times that it might wrongly make me seem guilty... that is unless I'm guilty? I'm so confused and feeling helpless.
I'm struggling so bad right now. I really don't know if I have salvation because when I made my prayer I'm scared I didn't fully trust in Christ as Savior and I'm scared that when I made my prayer I messed up because I might've thought doing a salvation prayer and believing in these certain things mean you're saved but I remember I believed Christ died so all of my sins are forgiven but I'm scared that I didn't fully trust in Him, but I remember believing my sins were forgiven but I feel like I put my faith in my salvation prayer and not God. I hate my life so much, why do I fail in everything. I can't even pray right. Any help for this? No reassurance though. <3
I have this fear of "signs" which are really the cause of every trigger for me and lately i've been seeing the number "444" constantly. I've made posts about this before but this time it's just too much, I see them wayyy to often and i'm afraid they're real bcause it's different from the other times.
Hi ❤️ I struggle with ocd since I was a child and it has been a long and hard journey but here I am. I don’t know if you believe in God, but He has helped me with this fight. I am still growing and learning, and it is hard but I know He knows me and know everything about me.. including my intentions. And when ocd tries to make me believe lies, I remind myself of the truth, my intentions, and that I am not definied by those lies. You are brave
Hey guys, recently I've been struggling with immense salvation doubts and fears because of some false memories of the day I prayed for salvation. Do you have any tips or tricks for this? I need some help, not reassurance though! Love you guys and I pray God blesses you.
Had a really hard time today I’m not sure what to call it and I’m just trying to see if anyone is familiar with it. Last night I had a sexual dream about my ex and woke up feeling relieved it didn’t continue and went back to sleep but when I woke up I started questioning if I did finish the dream or if I myself finished from the dream and ended up confessing to my boyfriend even though I’m not sure what happened. And even as I’m writing this I’m battling myself whether I do or don’t really know what happened. One part of me is saying I did continue the dream and finish and swearing I can remember bits and pieces from the second half, the other is like no you just went back to bed and even if the dream did continue which is a possibility you did not finish and you know it. Ugh I’m so torn right now and I’m thankful my boyfriend understands my “episodes” (is that what I should call them?)
Just some good news this morning! I switched medications recently and am feeling SO MUCH BETTER. I am keeping the intrusive thoughts at bay, obsessing way less and am able to overcome the obsessions quicker, and have a lot more energy. Sometimes I think we just need good news and to know that hope is out there. :) Drop your prayer requests below! (I'm a Christian)
Hello Guys! I, decided to create this post to share that it's been a third week in a row I performed 0 Rituals!! I have been suffering with OCD for 9 years and before maximum one week I could stay with no rituals. I am so excited and happy and I am going to make it, I am going to continue staying without rituals and I am focused to completely recover from that. I just want to encourage each of you Guys, never give up, never quit, no matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, always keep faith, motivation, if you fail try again and again and again, because I have no doubt you can recover from it and your life can be beautiful as never before without OCD, without anxiety, fulfilled with happiness and joy. And yes it is possible!! No matter what you heard before but I am sure it is possible to fully recover from OCD! Wish you all best of luck and may success lead you in each battle you have. Keep moving, never give up! Thank you for everyone who read this and take care!
Regardless of the fact that PMS is making me feel tired no matter how much I sleep, I wanted to share something that has helped me keep track of my ERP exercises better, now I do still log them on the app but I find noting them down in my notebook has helped me see how many ERPs I'm doing in one day and the dates I'm doing them also which just helps me do my ERP exercises better as I write down my thoughts/feelings I have during the exposures. I hope that helps someone, it's a small thing but its definitely helped me be more efficient in my ERP therapy.
I'm scared I don't love my girlfriend at all or that the relationship isn't right. I get triggered by "signs" usually from songs i'll here or a tv show, the thing that gets me is that almost everytime I am triggered by one of these things, they seem to basically describe my sitution accurately. It makes it harder for me to just say "it's OCD" when it just doesn't seem like a coincidence at all. She asked me if I was "loosing interest" and it scared me and now I don't know if I am or not. Someone please help, I am extremely worried and scared.