How to differentiate between harm ocd and general safety concers?

Something extraordinary has happened to me lately. Namely, I got another consultation with a specialist whom a friend referred me to, and he said that my harm ocd is most likely nonexistent. Then he kept explaining that during the last few years, many of his patients who were previously diagnosed with harm ocd didn’t have the condition. He mentioned that the main factors for having the condition are the frequency of the intrusive thoughts, the emotional response, and whether the individual recognizes that the thoughts might be irrational. Thus, I no longer take the old medication for ocd but was advised to implement certain routines to make me feel less disturbed. I hope my story helps and those who have harm ocd will reconsider if they really have the condition.

It’s lovely you shared your experience about that topic. Honestly, I’ve never heard about someone being wrongly diagnosed with harm ocd, but your story sounds pretty logical. I hope our other members with harm ocd consider the possibility of being wrongly diagnosed. :hugs:

Thank you for your kind words. I believe that when someone has doubts about their diagnosis, it’s essential to openly discuss them with qualified professionals to ensure they receive the appropriate care and understanding.

Personally, I could subconsciously differentiate between the two but not all the time. Maybe about 5%. I still wonder why the thoughts are there and if it is anxiety. Your guide is very helpful, and if I read it during a time of doubt, I will most likely find the right reason. :slight_smile:

Then, please make use of my guide when you need it. It helps me and two friends who struggle with the same issues, so it works well.

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I will gladly hide your guide under my sleeve for rainy days … or moments. :upside_down_face:

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