OCD and Intrusive Thoughts » OCD about animals is breaking my dog's heart; Forum home New posts My favourite threads Community Achievements Creative community Community stories. OCD and Animals – Fear of Losing Control and Harming Your Pet. Only recently did someone suggest to me that my issue is a type of OCD. Here are some examples…. I live in a very poor place in Brazil and have no ways to seek treatment. Nevertheless, a couple of year s ago I developed a compulson of lookinh at my cat’s tiny teeth (those frontal one) and ven touching them. They often involve “what if” thoughts about the possibility of harming your pet while in an altered mental state. Who wouldn’t take a few seconds — a few minutes — a few hours to make sure that everything’s okay? If you could simply notice “urges” as neutral, rather than loading them up with meaning about who you are, what they say about you, and what you “really” want, etc. Fear of inadvertently trapping your dog or cat in the dishwasher. I think it’s a mix of fear + anxiety + imagination + our regular need to “check” if it’s real… but I just really wanted to find a “professional” answer/explanation about the “mechanism” of the urges and why do they happen. As everyone should know, OCD involves obsessions (intrusive thoughts) that cause distress. Its been 5 days without looking or touching at their teeth. Fear of sleepwalking and causing harm to … OCD wants you to take animal obsessions seriously. If you’re not doing rituals, what should you do instead? I’m not going to give into my anxiety and analyze it to death. I’m not at all saying that perceptions of “intention” remain intact in OCD. Thanks: 2. Just as OCD tends to torment parents who love their children, OCD also loves to torment pet owners who love their pets. I don’t fear the violent images in my head anymore… now the worst part is doubting myself, my own values and morals. (561) 444-8040 Home I feel so stupid because I got the dogs as a result of a compulsion, and now I cant quit worrying about them. ‘Why am I having those bizarre, sick, disgusting, unwanted thoughts?’” What is Sexually Intrusive Thoughts OCD? Fear of becoming possessed and harming your pet. You may feel negligent, irresponsible, careless, or evil. Licensed Psychologist         (561) 444-8040, Posted by Steven J. Seay, Ph.D. on Nov 16, 2016 in Checking-Related Symptoms, Harm-Related Symptoms, OCD | 22 comments. Fear that if you don’t tap a certain number of times, something bad will happen to your cat. They’re so cute. They often involve “what if” thoughts about the possibility of harming your pet while in an altered mental state. I cannot give them the regular exercise they need. Scenario 1: A son experiencing violent thoughts. Im diagnosed with ocd,i have had different thoughts for 17 years,but i still doubth.am i not dangerous for my family then? I think it’s time to get some professional assistance with this. Sometimes this is uncomfortable. Overcoming OCD involves learning to notice your thoughts, your feelings, your inclinations to act…and then deliberately choosing a non-response, rather than choosing an action based on OCD guilt or fear. Dr. Robert L. Leahy (2009) describes it this way: “You have some thoughts or sensations that you don’t like. I considered it a phobia and have avoided the fear by keeping the dogs confined. & scrupulosity (What if I harm my pet? Why would anyone feel urges to harm if they don’t want to harm? In reality, doing rituals and following OCD’s directives is short-sighted. The content of this website is for general information purposes only and does not constitute therapy, treatment, or the establishment of a psychologist-client relationship. These violent obsessions are similar to those above but focus on a loss of control. Is what I have just Harm OCD? I love this dog so much and she’s small sometimes I get a voice in my head to slap her or choke her and last night for like a second I chocked her and my poor dog looked at my as if she was being betrayed. I was forgetting: Ok, I’ll try to find a therapist who could talk to me via Skype. It doesn’t matter what type of pet you have. Many people with severe OCD can’t tell what they “want” or who they “are.” That is the nature of their problem. If you get consistent practice in tackling lower level exposures, the anxiety should diminish, which will empower you to tackle some of the more difficult ones. Hope this helps. I happen to love all dogs and really have no fear of being around them myself. B Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder, more specifically, an anxiety disorder. I doubt myself… lately I’ve been thinking I actually want to act on my violent thoughts, that I would enjoy to act on them and something inside of me wants me to “check” if I really want todo it. Fear of trapping your dog in a hot car or other vehicle. It involves staring your fear in the eye. They always get excited when they see you. Fear that your dog’s leash may break during a walk and your pet might be killed. For example, you may “sense” that a deer nearby is about to be hit by a car and then feel compelled to seek it out and protect it. Although compulsions may feel good initially, rituals and avoidance provide only short-lived relief and ultimately perpetuate OCD’s game plan. That’s a great predictor of success. Fear that if you complete a certain behavior while having a bad thought, the. Fear that a wild animal nearby may be in danger and feeling the need to seek it out and protect it (in the absence of any information that this is actually occurring). I feel like a horrible monster. Fear of accidentally trapping your puppy or kitten in the oven. Similar to obsessions in other forms of Pure-O OCD, these violent obsessions often evoke a preponderance of Pure-O OCD mental rituals. This website contains general information about psychological topics. “I may not know whether or not these thoughts or ‘urges” are safe, but I’m going to get a lot of practice experiencing them and putting myself in situations where I feel vulnerable to them.”. But pursuing this too much really is an attempt to make your thoughts “safe” or get certainty that you won’t do anything to harm anyone. Imaginal Exposure vs. Fear of not locking a fence/gate properly and having your dog escape and be injured or killed. There are also other mental rituals that can be associated with this type of OCD, including preplanning rituals, analyzing rituals, and reassurance seeking rituals. ACVB. The list goes on and on. Intrusive Thoughts About Animals?? Embrace and welcome your OCD thoughts and they will lose power over you. Required fields are marked *, Steven J. Seay, Ph.D. | 11380 Prosperity Farms Road #209A | Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 | (561) 444-8040. I told myself I would take a long break before getting new dogs. I was so obsessed with giving them up that my wife convinced me to get help. These may seem like reasonable behaviors given your history, but sometimes these types of behaviors can also interfere with habituation. They often involve “what if” thoughts about the possibility of harming your pet while in an altered mental state. Intrusive thoughts are a core symptom of OCD, and something that virtually all of those diagnosed with OCD suffer from. Identify all the situations that scare you, and rate then on a 0-10 scale. Fear of accidentally choking your dog with its leash. Where one person might be haunted with worrisome thoughts about harming their child, another may experience disturbing thoughts regarding religious beliefs, while another may have repetitive intrusive thoughts that are sexual in nature. I’m in my late 20’s, I started having OCD some years ago after developing kidney failure and entering dialysis. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that many people, including Christians, struggle with. Although compulsions may feel good initially, rituals and avoidance provide only short-lived relief and ultimately perpetuate OCD’s game plan. I was in cognitive therapy and general i try to stay mindful. In reality, doing rituals and following OCD’s directives is short-sighted. Fear of blacking out and harming your pet due to the effects of a new medication you’re taking. I understands most of it right know – that the thoughts are ego dystonic, that I should not seek reassurance, stop checking and analyzing, etc. Thank you, and sorry for taking your time. Also, to be clear, harm OCD doesn’t need to be just your pets. A phobia is also a diagnostic possibility. Questions? Whether you’re experiencing the fear that you might accidentally be responsible for causing harm to your pet, or you’re fearful that you might secretly want to harm your pet, it’s important to learn to use exposure and response prevention (ERP) as a tool to stand up to your OCD. OCD About Pets and Animals: Harm was originally published on Steven J. Seay, Ph.D. Center for Psychological & Behavioral Science | 11380 Prosperity Farms Road #209A | Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, Part 2 will cover contamination obsessions, fear of causing harm through negligence or irresponsibility, fear that you might secretly want to harm, Getting mad and then fearing that you secretly want to harm, Contamination Obsessions Involving Pets and Animals, OCD Scriptathon 2017: A Group Scripting Experience. These violent obsessions are similar to those above but focus on a loss of control. They’re so cuddly. Are there other approaches you would recommend? Dr. Seay, Over the years I have developed an intense fear of harm occurring to my dogs. Join me next time for Part 2 – Contamination Obsessions Involving Pets and Animals. Hug your pet, hold your pet, and walk away from the gate without looking back. Most animal hoarders fall victim to their good intentions and end up emotionally overwhelmed, socially isolated, and alienated from family and friends. OCD intrusive thoughts vary by the individual. As you can see, we have the potential to worry a lot about our pets, our trusted animal companions. Fear of becoming possessed and killing your pet. Obsessions are intrusive thoughts that cause severe distress, despite the fact that the individual realizes that the obsessions represent exaggerated fears that are not likely to occur. Fear of being a serial killer or sociopath and taking action to harm, murder, or kill your pet. Thank you.can you explain what impulse is,and what it can feels like?can it feels like a want to act?is it like a urge? I fear I’m suffering from Harm OCD. But that’s just the tactic that OCD uses to manipulate you in order to keep itself strong. Cognitive Therapy for Treatment of OCD Intrusive Thoughts. They most certainly don’t. At the same time this compulsion/obsession makes me fearful that in the future I might do it with my kids if I ever do it, or in general that I might harm anyone. If you are having a clinical emergency, please dial 911. It involves staring your fear in the eye. For a small proportion of the population, however, they are followed by a strong urge to address the way they make us feel. Starting around the holidays, I was looking for dogs every day. The worst part is I’m not even disgusted by these thoughts anymore. However, I AM going to actively put myself in situations that bring on this feeling.”. Harm OCD is often associated with urges/impulses like you’ve described, and it’s also common for people to worry that they may choose to act on their thoughts. Unlike the fear categories you described above (intentional harm or accidental harm due to negligence), my fear involves no perceived fault of my own. In vivo and imaginal exposure for OCD can be transformative for reducing your symptoms. If so, what would ERP look like in my situation? Pet obsessions may focus on harm, violence, contamination, scrupulosity, and sex. The type of service animal that an individual with OCD would have is classified as a psychiatric service animal … My poor baby, I cry writings this cause I don’t wanna see my dog dead she’s the best thing that happened to me. The typical OCD animal is stated as performing “repetitive behavior that occurs out of c… Fear of leaving on an appliance (e.g., a stove, curling iron), starting a fire, and burning down your house…thereby killing your pet. Get ready to brace yourself for all sorts of violent and horrific thoughts about pets and animals. Fear of accidentally hitting your dog with your car. With this theme the majority of that distress is expressed as guilt. Join me next time for Part 2 – Contamination Obsessions Involving Pets and Animals. Sexually themed obsessions about animals can also be called beastiality OCD. In this 3-part blog series, I discuss some of the common ways obsessions may target our lovable, snuggable friends. I have been diagnosed with OCD years ago and have been going to therapy for it. If you have OCD, this will give you temporary relief, but it will only make the OCD stronger in the long run. Fear of not closing the front door properly and having your cat or dog escape and be hurt or killed. Intrusive, violent images/movies in your head of your pet being harmed that you feel you must neutralize through a compulsion. And while it’s common for everyone to have these thoughts, someone with harm OCD will obsess over them or view them as facts, which will cause them a great deal of distress. What is going on with me? LeticiaC. Animal OCD: Obsessions that surround feeling or worry about feeling attraction towards animals, hurting animals or any intrusive thought to do with animals. Intrusive thoughts can be disturbing, but are completely normal. I have tried a variety of methods to self-treat, and had temporary partial improvement with a few sessions of hypnotherapy a couple of years ago. Whether you’re experiencing the fear that you might accidentally be responsible for causing harm to your pet, or you’re fearful that you might secretly want to harm your pet, it’s important to learn to use exposure and response prevention (ERP) as a tool to stand up to your OCD. Between 6 and 15 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year and only about 5% of those are due to medical problems. Could it be something else? But then it got worse again. Not think at all. I love my family I love my life I want this to stopS it’s an inconsistent feeling which makes me see hope but than I get nervous hearing that it takes up to 10-15 years for a serial killer to develop oh god help me. Avoidance is considered a type of ritual, so OCD would be a possibility. That’s why I’m so curious about this, but can’t find a good explanation anywhere. Who wouldn’t take a few seconds — a few minutes — a few hours to make sure that everything’s okay? For awhile I used to push through it, distracting myself on walks by listening to music on headphones or talking on the phone, but then an incident happened where my neighbor’s dog broke through their electric fence and attacked my dog, and I’ve pretty much been unable to walk the dogs since.
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