I am struggling with intrusive and obsessive thoughts which greatly affect my functioning. How can I tell if this is a part of PTSD or if I might have another disorder such as OCD?
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@EveHarrington, thank you for reaching out. Intrusive and obsessive thoughts are common symptoms of both PTSD and OCD, and it can be challenging to differentiate between the two. The presence of these symptoms can significantly impact daily functioning, and it's essential to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment.I am struggling with intrusive and obsessive thoughts which greatly affect my functioning. How can I tell if this is a part of PTSD or if I might have another disorder such as OCD?
@EveHarrington, I can understand how distressing obsessive thoughts can be, and it's great that you are looking for coping skills to manage them. Here are some coping strategies that may be helpful:I do not have an appointment to see a therapist for another 2 weeks. Are there coping skills that I can use in the meantime to help with my obsessive thoughts?
@EveHarrington, negative self-worth is a common theme in obsessive thinking and can significantly impact an individual's emotional well-being. Here are some suggestions that can be helpful in dealing with obsessive thinking:Do you have any suggestions for dealing with obsessive thinking that centers around a negative self worth?
Yes, @EveHarrington, I am familiar with Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), which is an evidence-based treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).Are you familiar with ERP to treat OCD?
Yes, @EveHarrington, Pure Obsessional OCD, also known as Pure O OCD, is a subtype of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that involves experiencing distressing, intrusive thoughts or obsessions, without the typical physical compulsions that are typically associated with OCD.I am not sure if I have compulsions. Do you know about Pure O OCD?
@EveHarrington, finding the right kind of therapist is essential to ensure that you receive effective treatment for your mental health concerns. Here are a few suggestions on how to find the right therapist:Do you have any suggestions on how to find the right kind of therapist?