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Intrusive Thoughts: What It's Like to Be a Mom with OCD

My first therapy appointment went well. Almost too well, actually. The therapist's office sits in a newly-renovated building right on my way to work. There’s plenty of parking, free coffee and a little antique shop next door. 

The themes of Monday’s appointment seemed to be:

  1. Temper tantrums
  2. Intrusive thoughts

The counselor assured me that my son’s behavior sounded normal. We decided that keeping a tantrum journal would be a good way to identify what sparks his meltdowns. 

The intrusive thoughts were tougher.

Intrusive thoughts are a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder that causes distressing thoughts to come out of nowhere. Think of them as brain allergies: an overreaction to common environmental dangers. Thousands of years ago, these intrusive thoughts might have saved an ancestor of mine from a saber-toothed tiger. But for me, they’re illogical, uncomfortable and nearly impossible to control.

Here’s an example: