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    Existential OCD



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    Re: Existential OCD

    "When all else is stripped away physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, even existentially-we still have as our last vestige of human freedom the ability to choose at any given moment or in any circumstance how we may find meaning in our suffering."

    -- Viktor Frankl

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    Re: Existential OCD

    What always impressed me about Viktor Frankl, even from when I first discovered him at age 16 in his book Man's Search For Meaning, is that no one has a better reason, right, and history for statements like this, born as they were in Auschwitz with the constant threat of death at any moment hanging over his head for years even after most of his family had already been killed.

    See: Dr. Viktor E. Frankl of Vienna, Psychiatrist of the Search for Meaning, Dies at 92 - The New York Times

    He was a shining testament to the true power of the human spirit.

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    Re: Existential OCD

    Overcoming the Fear of Death
    by David Burns

    Many existential therapists believe that the fear of death is at the root of a great deal of anxiety, if not all anxiety. My clinical experience has not been consistent with this notion. I've had nearly 40,000 therapy sessions with patients struggling with anxiety, and very few had the fear of death.

    But I have seen three kinds of patients who were afraid of death:

    • Patients with panic disorder who think they're on the verge of death during their panic attack
    • Obsessive patients without panic disorder who are preoccupied with the fear of dying.
    • Patients with terminal illnesses.

    In my experience, all of these categories are pretty easy to treat...

    Patients without panic attacks who fear death. These patients can usually be treated rapidly as well. You’ll find out how in this ten-minute podcast on overcoming the fear of death! If you fear death, or have patients who are afraid of death, try the simple and fast method I describe in the podcast. You’ll probably think it couldn’t possibly help—and then you may discover that your fear of death has suddenly disappeared!

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