OCD and Crime

Very important. VERY.

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by c. guoy freedigitalphotos.net by c. guoy freedigitalphotos.net

Man arrested after Jo Cox shooting is ‘obsessive compulsive who rubbed own skin with Brillo pads’ relative claims.

The above statement is a  recent headline from the Daily Mirror, a British newspaper. The story goes on to discuss the eccentricities of the man arrested for the recent horrific killing of Jo Cox, a Member of Parliament.

Talk about misleading. While it certainly is possible this man has obsessive-compulsive disorder (untreated), those with OCD are no more likely to commit crimes than the general population.

The headline might just have well have said, “Killer has brown eyes.” It’s just not relevant to the crime. Those with OCD who have obsessions of harming others live with the torment of these thoughts because they are so repulsed and frightened by them. Compulsions are created as a way to make sure these acts are not carried out. Those…

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5 thoughts on “OCD and Crime

  1. Jackie I have felt some comfort from reading your blogs! Let me start out by saying I am in the hell of HOCD right now and it is absolutely turning my life upside down! I am a 27 year old male and I have always enjoyed being with women and have always wanted to be with them and be married to one one day and have a family with that women someday. Right now however because of the hell this disease is putting me through I’m completely confused I don’t know what I want anymore it’s almost like my mind is telling me to just be gay even though that’s exactly what I don’t want. I have the same fear as some of your other bloggers that if I do ERP I will actually become gay. This mess is ruining my life me and my girlfriend have been dating for 2 years and the other day I knew for sure that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her but then the HOCD crept up again and was asking myself if I’m sure this is very painful because everything that I thought I once knew is just a big confusion for me. Please help me or give me some insight. Oh and I have been going to a therapist but I almost hate going now since it almost feels like she is trying to convince me that I might be gay. This has gotten so bad that someday I can’t even work and think to myself that I just want to die. I just want to go back to the old guy who was immediately attracted to almost every girl I saw and fantasizes regularly about being with them. Please please please help!! I’m helpless

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