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My problem is I fear I'm a pedophile. I've also been

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Hi, my name is***** problem is I fear I'm a pedophile. I've also been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Last year, I went through a rough time (I was very psychotic) and I masturbated to a child. Since then, I've been having sexual urges towards female children. Not all the time just rarely. My psychiatrist told me I wasn't a pedophile but I'm very scared because I think It may be true. I'm also having problems with intrusive thoughts. Can you help me?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello, I am sorry that you are having these issues, I can understand how these intrusive thoughts could be distressing to you. Most likely your intrusive thoughts are not caused by pedophilia but more so from your Schizoaffective Disorder and possible Anxiety or OCD. I would recommend that in addition to your medication regimen you start to undergo Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help lessen your symptoms.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the reason I'm thinking I'm a pedophile is because I have schizoaffective disorder?
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

It is possible or it could be a co-occurring Anxiety/OCD disorder causing you to obsess that you are a pedophile when you are not, as this would explain the intrusive thoughts as well. I would listen to your psychiatrist when he/she says you are not a pedophile. Try to consider entering into therapy as this can help you to lessen your anxiety and understand your symptoms more.