Hello, friends! In this Q&A, I answer questions relating to OCD, intrusive thoughts, and rumination focused around the fear of harm coming to friends and family. Plus, is it okay to ruminate about therapy?
I’ve been listening to your podcast for a while, and I think you give great advice with accompanying ways to cope. I have OCD, specifically rumination and intrusive thoughts. My biggest fear is harm of my friends and family. I perform compulsions to ensure nothing bad happens to them, and if it does then I carry extreme blame and guilt. Recently I’ve been having this strange feeling that in any moment my “true” self will emerge and hurt the ones I love. I feel almost powerless to that fear even if that side of me doesn’t exist. I started therapy a few months ago but only have appointments maybe twice a month. I started taking medication 2 months ago as well. I just wanted to hear your thoughts on this and if there’s any way to separate my fears from reality.
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Is it bad to ruminate about therapy? I noticed that I spend a significant amount of time thinking about therapy. Nearly every time I have a moment to myself like driving to and from work, showering, or even when I’m falling asleep, I tend to think about conversations that I’ve had with my therapist or I plan out conversations that I want to have with them in my head. It almost feels like I’m going to a safe place in my head. When I don’t want or need to be fully attentive to what’s going on around me I can easily occupy myself with these past or pretend conversations. Is this normal?
Episode 290 – Related Posts
As well as listening to the podcast, you can also find my thoughts on the questions in written format in these related posts!
Question 1 – OCD and Intrusive Thoughts: I Worry I’ll Hurt My Family – Duff The Psych
Question 2 – Is Ruminating About Therapy Normal? – Duff The Psych
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