Thanks: 28. Happy to answer questions if this didn't make sense. I was bullied in high school because of being gay. And it's fine to regret it and feel guilt - but if it's this strong, it's OCD. Learn more about relationship OCD symptoms and treatment. The idea that someone has been hurt by my actions is very troubling to me and I wish I could back and stop myself from behaving in this way. OCD can also be triggered by a traumatic event, and there’s likely to be a genetic component, too. I was almost blackout drunk, in a nightclub, and have this memory of a few seconds of kissing someone on the dancefloor. My sexual past stems from my warped up views of lust and I would recommend anybody that excessively masturbates and can't control it to please stop. The nudes I sent were my real ones. I didn't tell anyone apart from one of my friends on the holiday who said 'I didn't see anything happen'. Today i found out that Real event OCD is a thing! I was friends with this girl who manipulated me, but at the time I didn’t know as I was new in a job. Join date: May 2016. There are so many variations of OCD: hit-and-run OCD, harm OCD, and real event OCD, to name a few. Need others thoughts please . Forum User. I am in my early 20s, I am gay and was raised very Christian. I'll be better some days than others and then it'll come back full force. I can’t tell if the level of guilt I’m feeling is real event ocd or if this just what I deserve to be feeling. Treatment for OCD. Actions do not affect your value as a person. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please do not hesitate to talk to someone. So in short, I'm really struggling with this, can anyone relate? Still, this therapist was not an expert in OCD, particularly the more subtle kind I had. Log in to Reply. This post has been thanked 3 times. I never intended to cause harm or violate anyone - but I now know that’s exactly what I’ve done since the harm was in my lying and deceiving. Re: Real Event OCD & Guilt by throwaway5487 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:22 pm but did I molest my sibling somehow? Is it just my OCD saying that I don't feel like I should be allowed to 'get away with it' as I need to be punished? By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. I can't get the thought out of my mind that this wasn't ok and I've been a terrible person by not owning up to this mistake. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. In general, I just don’t know if this ocd. Abbreviated backstory: Basically my Real event OCD came because of the guilt i acquired from two indiscretions in my relationship (i made out with two people who were not my partner). Ways of thinking that helped me: realise that I had this image of my relationship needing to be “pure”. But the guilt and realisation of what I was doing really hit in late October and has been severe since then. Despite some minor set backs, I thought I was done. A requested video from the comments section of an older vid about real event OCD. Even though I didn’t blackmail or share the nudes/chats anywhere, I feel disgusting and deeply regret that I’ve lied to people to even have those conversations in the first place. Step 2: Do not react to any of the Cheating OCD thoughts with fear. Is this my OCD blowing things out of proportion or have I really f**ked up and need to come clean? Relationships are not black and white, and you were certainly in a grey area with your situation. I am relieved but it doesnt help much, its just nice to be able to specifically know what i am suffering from. It’s horrendous! Right now it feels like even attempting to be compassionate with myself is taking away from what I did. Genetics was found to account for around 40 per cent of the variance in OCD … There are many people out there who have done things they regret a lot. Forum User. Of course. The length of time between the event occurring and the start of the intrusive thoughts is no indicator that the thoughts are true. I've since learnt that possession of it is illegal in my country (UK) and my OCD has me convinced that I'm going to be arrested and listed as a sex offender and my life will be ruined. It is such a grey area (OCD latches on to these) and a topic that is so emotionally charged and guilt-ridden that it just dominates. I’ve been suicidal over this and it’s really made me question a lot of things about myself. OCD is often called the 'doubting disease' because deep down, the sufferer knows the thoughts are irrational. However we had our first date in June 2018, and spent the best part of a year in the kind of 'casual, not labeling this, taking it slow' kind of stage. A subreddit dedicated to discussion, articles, and images regarding OCD. It's like a constant circle of negativity and low self-esteem. Is there any hope of real help for them? OCD reached a whole new level recently. I know that the right way to deal with real-event OCD is probably the same like for all the other forms of OCD, I just think it is very helpful to read articles like this one above and the fact that i can´t really find any other information beside this article makes me feel quite helpless. The chats were often sexual, but I never shared any photos or chats with anyone else. Hope this helps somehow x. Check them out! Thanks: 2. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Thank you for this reply, some very helpful concepts here. He did help me, but it was clear he didn’t know how to fully treat these kinds of thoughts. Hope this helped! I realise this might sound like I'm searching for reassurance and I know that's counter productive, but I just felt like I needed to get my thoughts down on paper (so to speak) and try and work out how the hell I go forward. Distract. Wanted to ask for some help/insight/guidance as real event OCD and rumination is dominating my whole life. Forum User . Or do I need to say something to her as it's the right thing to do? Hi, The past 6 months I’ve had extreme cheating ocd, so I can totally relate to what you’re going through. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns. Relationship OCD symptoms sometimes intensify when relationships undergo transitions. A 2011 meta-analysis looked at 14 separate studies involving identical and non-identical twins, designed to tease apart the relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors in someone developing OCD. There’s still wrong been caused by actions even if the people didn’t realise they were being catfished. It’s something you’d rather not deal with, but you would be absolutely fine. I just wanted someone else's thoughts on this. Cancel culture and all that is massively triggering and is "in vogue" at the moment so it's very toxic environment for ocd sufferers with this theme. If this is ocd I can talk to my therapist but if this isn’t ocd what do I do? Join date: May 2016. I know I can’t change the past, but I want to be better in the future and not behave like this again. Press J to jump to the feed. I deeply regret that I’ve violated people like this - lying to them and deceiving them, especially because of the sexual nature of the chats. I hope you can spare a minute to have a read through this and any help would be much appreciated. I used the fake profiles because I didn’t want to be found out as gay or have my face connected to my nudes. I’ll start therapy next month. I can’t tell you how to deal with it in relation to talking your partner, but I would seek help if you haven’t already. Hope you enjoy! Do you have any tips on how to build self-compassion? And worst of all, I have been hiding it from her for two years. New to forum and I had a unstable upbringing which has left me with some memories of things that happens to be and the silly things I regret doing as a young lad. One particular event from my past has come back to haunt me big time and I'm back in at the deep end. I’ve been suicidal over this and it’s really made me question a lot of things about myself. Relationship OCD is a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder that causes frequent and disruptive uncertainty and anxiety in relationships. When these intrusive memories come up, you feel a gut-punching sensation of intense guilt. I have a good group of supportive friends. When I’ve made previous posts on other subreddits people have told me to forgive myself, that my behaviour wasn’t right but it’s okay to move on and be better in the future. Intrusive thoughts are always an OCD lie. I know it's difficult but you deserve and need it. 18 May 2016 - 18:58 . My obsession right now is of a real event. I was into her from the start and to me, it felt quite intimate and I never had eyes for anyone else. I am going to focus on reducing the significance of this in my mind to help better manage the thoughts and compulsive rumination. However, OCD treatment is difficult, and that is one of the main reasons some stay away from treatment. So I've been locked in a cycle of anxiety, googling for advice and reassurance for days now, the guilt is overwhelming me. Please read below for more information and resources about about OCD and what this subreddit is! I stopped using this fake profile and deleted all accounts/chats/photos in September. Things got pretty serious in the months after this but she reaffirmed in March-ish 2019 that she still didn't want to be in an official relationship. Hi Reddit. It's OCD, 100%. Hi . Usually several posts a day on here about it. I still sometimes have false memories and panic attacks over whether I cheated in the early stages of my relationship, which sounds like what’s happening. 17 May 2016 - 12:37. 14 February 2018 - 14:36. spoiler nsfw. i don't know if i can accept not thinking about it without feeling bad. But he didn’t know what else to do, and ultimately my first round of therapy sputtered out. Hey guys, I’m Kevin, I’m 23 years old and I’m suffering from OCD. For example, events that may be associated with an exacerbation of ROCD symptoms include committing to an exclusive dating relationship, having sex or being intimate, getting … I also don’t know where to go from here? I wanted to be invisible but I also wanted to talk to men (it’s pathetic, I know). I’m struggling with real event OCD, I have been diagnosed with OCD. My Real-Event OCD is eating me alive. The good news, however, is the treatment is the same no matter what type of OCD you have. Then, in October 2018 I was on holiday with some friends when 'the incident' happened. If you feel comfortable, talking to your therapist may help to shed some light on the Real Event OCD you are experiencing. I can't remember what they looked like, or how it even happened, but this memory is seated into my brain. Previous relationship experiences, such as being cheated on in the past, may also be a trigger, but it's not the ultimate cause of ROCD. US: 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741-741, Non-US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines. Something that happened about 6 years ago which at the time I didn't think twice about. Basically, on and off for about 18 months I used a fake profile and face photos from the internet to talk to men on Grindr. Re: Possible Real Event OCD and Crushing Guilt by throwaway5487 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:29 pm So, the way I should see this is that a normal response to this would be "wow, that's a really uncomfortable memory of a time where I did something gross and totally inappropriate. or is that one of those things where I might never know and should move on? All I ever do anymore is sit around and think about the kind of person I have been. I’m just very confused as to whether the level of guilt is created by real event ocd, reassurance seeking: what I’m doing right now and seeking out support from my counsellor and therapist, Rumination: thinking constantly about everything even minutely related to this, Obsession with confessing or the idea of confessing, Feeling guilty for not feeling guilty about this. We eventually agreed to be boyfriend and girlfriend in May 2019. When its not Real Event OCD its the What If/Fill in the blanks OCD. Our relationship has been going brilliantly, and this hadn't bothered me. This post has been thanked 2 times. I blocked everyone very quickly - often after a few hours, the longest was probably around a week. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I feel like the only way I can overcome this is by coming clean to her, but I can't bear the thought of hurting her (another of my OCD themes from the past) or ruining what we have. Real event OCD can be insidious because along with anxious thoughts and feelings, it also presents with pervasive feelings of guilt and shame about something which you did in the past. I am also a catfish. Thankfully, he didn’t think I’d acted on any of these thoughts, or that I would, or that I was insane. Cheating OCD often comes about after a night of drinking. A subreddit dedicated to discussion, articles, and images regarding OCD. The justification that I 'got away with it' because we weren't in an official relationship just isn't holding up anymore. Since I stopped using the fake profile I’ve been seeing a therapist (for CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to help with my OCD/Anxiety and to help me act on my values not my fears) and a counsellor too. I can’t tell if the level of guilt I’m feeling is real event ocd or if this just what I deserve to be feeling. Location: Midlands. Real event is one of the most common ocd themes. Hi Reddit. Real event OCD, petrified of being arrested So it's hardly something I'm proud of, but when I was a teenager I had something of a hentai phase and a few times I looked at loli/shota. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Because I was consuming all of this human waste, I … What it has settled into is real event OCD, which was so distressing to me I sought help and was diagnosed in 2019, went through some therapy and managed to overcome and achieve what really did feel like recovery. TL;DR - memories that I drunkenly kissed someone else in the early stages of a then-as-yet unofficial relationship - now feeling extreme guilt and obsessions + compulsions to confess. It conjures up memories of something that you did which was “bad” and plays this memory over and over in your head. Instead, react with indifference and allow the thoughts to just be there. Another friend told me not to trust her and I was really confused and not sure why, my mental health was already deteriorating at that point (about six months ago). Whenever I create a scenario in my head, it turns into a “memory” minutes, hours or days later. And no I've never gotten past it. Am I using OCD as an excuse or do I deserve the guilt/shame that I'm feeling? Please read below for more information and resources about about OCD and what this subreddit is! A couple of weeks later i talked to my now girlfriend about 'where we were' and she stated that she just wanted to keep things casual, not put any labels on it, and 'keep the status quo'. What does accountability look like for someone in my shoes - what is the right thing to do. Real event / cheating OCD. I feel sick. Hi, you absolutely deserve forgiveness. I can't let go of my shame. When I’ve made previous posts on other subreddits people have told me to forgive myself, that my behaviour wasn’t right but it’s okay to move on and be better in the future. That even if explicit cheating has occurred, many relationships can and do survive! I am obsessed with the fact that I might have cheated on my girlfriend, and I can't live with the guilt. I realise this might sound like I'm searching for reassurance and I know that's counter productive, but I just felt like I needed to get my thoughts down on paper (so to speak) and try and work out how the hell I go forward. But that all changed two weeks ago. Source: http://www.ocdspecialists.com/real-event-ocd/ On a side note, www.ocdspecialists.com is a great resource for learning about OCD! Please help. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. However, I unsure how to atone and make up for what I did. Real Event OCD? For background, I (M, 27) have struggled with OCD in various forms for the past 10 years, from the more 'magical thinking', to the existential, harm/self-harm, pOCD, hOCD, you name it. Real event OCD regrets is it the same as intrusive thinking. Roy21. Even if you cheated in your relationship right now, it doesn’t make you a bad person. But I feel like I need punishment and like I don’t deserve a second chance at being a good person. Thanks: 8. The sufferer of this theme could start experiencing intrusive thoughts that they’ve cheated just hours after the event or days, weeks, months, years later. Me included. The therapist is there to help you untangle and alleviate any worries you may have. Join date: Jan 2018. I liked her, I would never want to hurt her, but I did this stupid thing. The next morning I remembered it and acknowledged it had happened but for some reason at the time, I didn't feel guilty. I am completely in love with her and we have been in a relationship since May 2019. Sure I regretted doing it as I really didn't understand why I did it, it's not the sort of thing I intended or even wanted to do, but I wasn't technically in a relationship. :). Everything was perfect, and I've never done anything that could remotely be considered since. Your fearful reaction is what powers up these thoughts and makes OCD stronger. Try to build some self-compassion. 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