It can be incredibly painful to have to endure Harm OCD alone. This is the kind of OCD where you may have repetitive, intrusive thoughts about causing harm to another (when it is absolutely the last thing you’d ever want to do). Some questions you may have if you have Harm OCD could be:
- What if I impulsively commit an act of violence against someone?
- What if I lose control and harm or kill myself?
- What if I harm or kill my child or someone else I care about?
- What if I harbor a violent identity and I am going to act out in the future?
Like all OCD and mental health conditions, the more you know, the stronger you become. Consider reading Jon Hershfield’s Overcoming Harm OCD workbook below to work through your OCD (it is also helpful to bring to your therapist and work through together).