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    OCD Coping Tips

    David Clark's Cognitive Approach to OCD

    The word "intrusive" has a pathological connotation, but most thoughts are intrusive, that is, they come to the thinker unbidden. Very few thoughts are produced intentionally. Pointing this out to patients and not referring the obsessive thoughts as "intrusive" helps to normalize patients' appraisals of their thoughts and of themselves.

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    Anxiety Free: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You - Robert L. Leahy - Google Books

    This is one of my favorite metaphors for dealing with obsessions. I ask you to imagine that an obsession is a lonely character with no friends. Everyone is yelling at him to stop—and that's the only attention he can get.

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    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/b...ning-the-worst

    "Whatever happens, I can cope." This statement reminds you of your own inner resources and gives you the determination to meet the challenges of life. (The concept comes from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tradition.)

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    https://beyondocd.org/expert-perspec...ptance-and-ocd

    Keep in mind the need to stubbornly refuse to quit. As the famous 18th century OCD and Tourette's sufferer Samuel Johnson said, "Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance."

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    Some people report that they have difficulty distinguishing between spikes [unwanted thoughts] and "legitimate important thoughts." A fool proof litmus test for telling the difference is to ask yourself did the thought or question come with an associated anxiety or feeling of guilt. Ultimately all such thoughts can be placed in the realm of OCD. When asked "What if it's not OCD," I say "Take the risk and live with the uncertainty."

    ~ Steven Phillipson, Ph.D

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