Pure O and Pedophilia: A Different Side for OCD

by oli.langevin_10 on October 17, 2013 - 9:13pm

Obessive Compulsive Disorder has various sides. The article writting in The Guardian was different from what we normally hear from OCD's. It was the story of a young girl who used the pseudonym Rose Bretécher explaining how she found out she had Pure O, an OCD that is mostly only Obsession's rather than rituals or compulsions like washing your hands compulsively. In this case Rose has sexual images appearing in her head 24/7. Everything she looks at or thinks about is sexual. She explains how she started noticing this at around 15 years old and only looked into it a few years later to do a self-diagnosis of the symptoms. She says that she could sit at a table with her family and her dads face would look like a vagina and there would be boobs floating around when she played bingo. She also has images of this for young people, even kids. After deciding to bring her self-diagnosis to a doctor she was given a few names of place where she could start cognitive talk therapy to get better. She did this for a few months and it helped a bit, but she says that it will never disapear like any OCD, but that she has started liking it and can live with it now.

 

This article was interesting because we don't often hear about these kinds of problems. When I first started reading this I didn't expect to hear about her seeing naked children. What this makes me realise is that out there some of the pedophiles could have this problem. I'm not saying it's something good and that just because they are diagnosed with this they should be free, but it's something to look into. I believe it's something serious and that if you don't get help it could lead to bad things because sexual thoughts can be great, but if they go to a harming point it's not great anymore. I hope this story gets read by many others and that researchers will look into methods of finding people who have this more easily in order to help them live with it like Rose.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/31/pure-ocd-the-naked-truth

Comments

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This is really odd but interesting at the same time. I like the fact that you brought up the possibility of pedophiles having this problem. It could definitely make some sort of sense, but you also have to take into account that she wasn't a sex offender in any way and did not act upon her OCD. Even if pedophiles have this problem, they are inflicting acts of sexual assault which is completely and utterly unacceptable. Rose was able to open up and accept her problem in a responsible manner whereas most pedophiles don't see themselves as child molesters and don't see what they are doing as an issue. Seeing your father's face as a sexual reproductive organ is not normal to say the least but at least she was not sexually assaulting children.

This is really odd but interesting at the same time. I like the fact that you brought up the possibility of pedophiles having this problem. It could definitely make some sort of sense, but you also have to take into account that she wasn't a sex offender in any way and did not act upon her OCD. Even if pedophiles have this problem, they are inflicting acts of sexual assault which is completely and utterly unacceptable. Rose was able to open up and accept her problem in a responsible manner whereas most pedophiles don't see themselves as child molesters and don't see what they are doing as an issue. Seeing your father's face as a sexual reproductive organ is not normal to say the least but at least she was not sexually assaulting children.

I agree with you.
Very interesting article that needs to get out there because knowing that OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions, once a doctor diagnose a patient with this disorder , sometimes forget to bring the test to another level simply because the patient has already been diagnosed with a disorder. I think this article is very important because after a diagnosis, what should a doctor do if the patient is suffering from another illness that can arm others and cant get the right treatment for it ?

Thanks for your comment. It's good to see that some people understand diagnosis can be an issue if no help can be provided. Right now we have ways of dealing with many mental illnesses, but we should really look into the ones that could harm others like pedophilia.