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I think I have Munchausens..

Postby IndigoOwlet598 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:59 pm

Hi there everyone,

I'm a new member here and I just thought it would be good to
post here in the hope of someone being able to give me some advice on
what to do so here goes.

When I was 16/17ish in high school I had my first out of the blue thought(?)
a thought about my younger sibling. Immediately I couldn't stop feeling guilt about
it which lead me to having to confess. Eventually I was diagnosed with (p)ocd and it's been
5/6ish years since diagnosis. I'm still not convinced I have ocd at all when most people who do have
it are able to accept it and move on.

I feel like the past years have been all one big act. I wasn't having intrusive thoughts but it
was just me trying not to think of depressing/morbid normal thoughts. I even remember saying that
I had images popping into my head during CBT which I KNOW didn't actually happen at all.
I had essentially helped the therapist to give me a false diagnosis. Does this mean I'm a sick paedo?. I sure as hell hope not. I don't know who I am anymore, I've had so many past regrets and this one just tops them all. What the heck was I doing... why wasn't I honest?... it's feels like I've just convinced myself I'm ill in order to hide the fact that I'm just a evil person..

I don't feel the need to share my diagnosis with anyone and everyone, nor have I faked being ill since
then. I do find comfort in being with my family and have anxiety however..

I don't want to be sexually attracted to kids and have never felt the urge to create fantasies nor look at pornography.. I've never been in a relationship, nor dated nor been good at talking or maintaining friendships. I do find older guys attractive I've noticed but overall I just feel unsure and undecided about who I am and who I'm attracted to?.

I'm not seeking pity, but would be really appreciative if someone could help me..
I just wish I could've just been born a normal kid..

Thanks for taking the time to read this..
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Re: I think I have Munchausens..

Postby Snaga » Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:32 am

Hello and welcome!

IndigoOwlet598 wrote: I'm still not convinced I have ocd at all when most people who do have
it are able to accept it and move on.


There are a fair number of posters to the OCD forum that have a lot of trouble accepting it. Especially sexually themed OCD fears. And feelings of faking things aren't uncommon.
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Re: I think I have Munchausens..

Postby IndigoOwlet598 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:46 pm

It's frustrating since people can easily say it's just the OCD making you doubt yourself.
However I truly know and believe I don't have it since it was just me thinking depressing things normally around POCD themes (which makes me feel all the more regretful). I remember me saying to the therapist that I had images popping into my head when I do know it was just me thinking of them on purpose..I don't think I was disturbed by the thoughts either..to be honest I think I just felt guilty for thinking of images and thoughts on purpose so I just played along with the idea that they were just ocd related..

It's hard since OCD can be something which places doubt and constant questioning as a common reaction but that is just not the case for me. The thoughts I had were rushing and didn't pop into my head from thin air like how many people describe their ocd thoughts as doing.. although the first major 2 I had I think did which then set me off to constantly obsess over whether I was attracted to my sibling (which I know is definitely not the case) or children (which regrettably I still feel uncomfortable around). I've never been a big fan of kids nor had the desire to work with them so it's kinda frustrating/ironic that I'm obsessing over them..

I do remember hearing about situations where I needed help for my asthma when I was younger, but I feel like I was faking that too..I also remember doing lots of weird and stupid things as a child (why??!)
From weird sexual things, to not being able to keep friendships at school, to throwing away things stupidly and checking to make sure things were where they were and hadn't fallen down the back of a bookcase for instance..

I don't want to be a criminal, neither be seen as one. I'm also feeling doubtful as to whether I do hate pedophiles or criminals since I don't feel any sort of reaction to them/feelings of hatred towards them..
I also ended my CBT therapy early when I was 16/17 and every time I left my appointments I felt awkward, uncomfortable and unwilling to share the details of the sessions..

I had dreams of wanting to travel, become a famous illustrator/tattoo artist too.. but now I can't see myself doing those. I'm not worthy of having a good life, I don't know how I can feel happy now knowing that I've lied to everyone and have people say I'm a kind person. I just feel apathetic towards anything evil/disgusting..

I feel like I need to go back to having CBT and own up to the fact that I thought these things on purpose, but at the same time I feel anxious about doing so (just proves I'm a paedo really..).

Sorry for the rambling anyway..

- Indigo
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Re: I think I have Munchausens..

Postby Snaga » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:24 am

Well, we can't actually discuss pedophilia itself, but we can discuss POCD and also facetious disorders, so let's run with this, while we may.

This all sounds OCD to me. We continually doubt ourselves and you wouldn't be the first to feel as if you're faking things.

I think too often people with OCD (and whether or not it is valid, that's what you were told) confuse having a thought with being that thing, and it's just not so. And the lack of some violently visceral disgust, means nothing to me, in that regard. Who doesn't think bad thoughts once in a while?
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