I have OCD and I’ve been having immoral, discriminatory thoughts. Is this my OCD or am I actually a homophobic, racist bigot? I can’t tell anymore... I don’t want to think these but I do.
Last Updated: 12/11/2020 at 8:51pm
Stacy Overton, PhD.
I am an enthusiastic life-long learner and also a professor of counseling. I have a passion for peoples stories and helping to guide and empower the human spirit.
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if you genuinely don't want to think these thoughts (and it sounds like this is the case) then that means you're not a bigot! our brains generate thousands, if not millions of thoughts every single day, and it's totally understandable for some of those thoughts to not reflect our genuine core beliefs. OCD can cause people (myself included) to obsess over these 'harmful' thoughts and develop unhelpful compulsions to deal with them, but your thoughts do not equal your reality. one thing that has helped me a lot with my OCD-related intrusive thoughts has been mindfulness! thoughts are kind of like clouds in the sky-- they come, they go, and sometimes they stay for a bit longer but eventually they dissipate, and the sky never looks the same at any given moment. you might have some icky thoughts from time to time, but they'll come and eventually, they'll go, so why bother dwelling on them? good luck!
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