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    Post Ten Things You Need To Know To Overcome OCD

    Ten Things You Need To Know To Overcome OCD
    By Fred Penzel, Ph.D

    Because of the length of this excellent and insightful article into some of the realities of OCD, the entire article is attached as a file for download / viewing / printing.

    Here is an excerpt:

    Some of these points may seem obvious, but it has always struck me as remarkable how little of this information my new patients, who are otherwise intelligent and informed people, are seen to possess coming into therapy.

    You may not like some of the things on this list, as they may not be what you wish to hear. You don't have to like them. However, if you wish to change, you will need to accept them. The concepts of change and acceptance go hand-in-hand, and define each other. There are some things you will be able to change, and some you will have to accept. It is important to discriminate between the two, so as to not end up misdirecting your efforts.
    1. OCD is chronic.

    2. Two of OCD's main features are doubt and guilt.

    3. Although you can resist performing a compulsion, you cannot refuse to think an obsessive thought.

    4. Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy is the best form of treatment for OCD.

    5. While medication is a help, it is not a complete treatment in itself.

    6. You cannot and should not depend upon the help of others to manage your anxiety or to get well.

    7. The goal of any good treatment is to teach you to become your own therapist.

    8. You cannot rely upon your own intuition in deciding how to deal with OCD.

    9. Getting recovered takes time.

    10. Relapse is a potential risk that must be guarded against.

    Each point is elaborated on in the complete attached article

    Also attached is an overview article titled "The Different Types of OCD" from

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    Re: Ten Things You Need To Know To Overcome OCD

    Intense Fear Of Guilt May Be At The Heart Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder | HuffPost

    ...Cognitive behavioral therapy is currently the most effective treatment for OCD. Melli suggests that therapists with patients who may have high guilt sensitivity should help them focus on strategies for challenging their feelings of excessive responsibility to others and cultivating a greater acceptance of guilt.

    “When checking rituals are primarily involved,” he said, “cognitive behavioral therapists should target also beliefs concerning the intolerability and dangerousness of experiencing guilt.”
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



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