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