Eureka? OCD, Hyper responsibility OCD, anyone familiar with those?

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Registered: 09-26-2009
Eureka? OCD, Hyper responsibility OCD, anyone familiar with those?
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 8:43am

I came across a term that I think truly defines what I've been struggling with for the past few years- HYPER RESPONSIBILITY OCD- basically it's the type of OCD (Obessive Compulsive Disorder, very much in the depression/anxiety family of mental dosorders) that manifests itself purely in obessive thoughts (oppose to the constant hands washing, etc.)

I feel slightly relieved having found the definnition because it really resonates with how I would articulate my struggles.

Just wondering if anyone is familiar with it and any feedback you could share.

If you don't feel like looking up the definition, in a nutshell, this type of OCD is very closely linked with depression, typically the OCD proceeds the depression because one becomes depressed when cannot "outhink" himself of teh thoughts/analysis that are CONSTANTLY going round and round in the mind. The thoughts are rather RATIONAL (why did I do that? am I a horrible person?) hence it's not a thought disorder but they're still purely obessive in nature.

The hyper-responsibility part of the OCD mainly manifests itself in "unreasonable" guilt about the past/especially past actions, mistakes, etc. One clever definition I found calls it "guilt beyone reasonable doubt". Of course, when you have this condition, you assume it is totally reasonable to be this way.

In my own case, I am fairly cerrtain that anxiety, self esteem, image problems and certain personality traits (HSP) contribute to this whole issue.

As always, I look forward to your opinions.

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Registered: 07-11-2006

Wow. I'll be looking more into this. Thanks for sharing.


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Registered: 03-20-2009


not something I have any knowledge about so I look forward to learning more.


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Registered: 01-20-2005

This is a new one on me.

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Registered: 07-13-2006

You're talking about me in your post. I am an obsesser and have been my whole life. I've been an obsessive worrier since I was a child. Nowadays I obsess about my health or my husband having an affair, (he hasn't, I just think he has because I interpret his every move as him having one)...kind of hard to explain. Everytime he gets on the computer or checks his phone I'm thinking he's checking for messages from "her". He's even "de-friended" me on FB because I was policing his women friends. It's awful to feel this way. I've been in a depressed state of one magnitude or another since October of last year. Can't seem to shake it. Between the anxiety that the obsessing causes and the depression that they both cause, I am a basket case.

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Registered: 10-10-2007

As others have mentioned, I don't know much about it.

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Registered: 10-12-2006

I haven't heard of it, but it sounds just like me.