How to overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Posts in the Harm OCD category

Harm OCD represents a thematic variant of obsessive compulsive disorder where the intrusive thoughts center on harming oneself or others. These thoughts instigate compulsions intended to ward off the imagined danger or situation. Those who suffer from harm OCD do not pose a risk for carrying out the actions. Cognitive behavioral therapy in the presence of these obsessions is aimed at challenging faulty beliefs and confronting the patient with elements of their thoughts (i.e. handling sharp knives) to re-calibrate their fight or flight system and eliminate compulsions. You can read more about Harm OCD, its compulsions, and steps you can take towards treating your symptoms below.

Suicide OCD vs Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts are a significant health concern in the U.S. today. In 2008-2009, 8.3 million people over age 18, corresponding to 3.7% of adults, reported having suicidal thoughts during the previous year. Based on self-report, this is undoubtedly an underestimate as many are hesitant to admit having such thoughts.

Sometimes what appears to be suicidal ideation is actually a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. There are a number of factors differentiating suicidal thoughts and suicidal obsessions, yet given the high degree of overlap, determining the scope of the problem for each individual requires a comprehensive evaluation and regular follow-up.

Harm OCD Compulsions

Harm OCD sufferers spend a great deal of time trying to (dis)prove their “closeted lunacy.” As a group, they rely on a set of identical tactics that are equally ineffective in treating OCD. These tactics fall under the umbrella term of compulsions. Compulsions consist of repetitive behaviors that are used to ward off anxiety. The OCD sufferer performs them under the naive assumption that they will provide long-term relief. In reality, they provide intermittent relief while sustaining the OCD in the long haul.