Let it Be There:
Using this procedure, it is suggested that the person create a mental pigeon hole for the thoughts and accept the presence of the thoughts into one's preconscious (those thoughts which are not currently in one's awareness but can easily be brought there by turning one's attention to them, i.e. your name or phone number). It is suggested that a mental "hotel" be created whereby you encourage your brain to create unsolvable questions so as to fill up the register. The more unsolved questions the better. It is critical that the "Pure-O" acknowledge the presence of the thought but pay no further attention to it, as in the form of problem solving. The brain can only juggle a certain amount of information at one time. If you purposely overload the brain, rather than insanity, your brain's response would be to just give up trying. As can be imagined, attempting this goal takes a lot of faith and trust in the person suggesting it.
It's about accepting and embracing the thoughts and letting them go through you instead of fighting them.
What about getting new friends, starting a new hobby, adult eductation electives at a local college, a new exercise program, etc.? I only mention this because a depressed feeling of emptiness would often coincide with a lack of interest in activities....so empty and hollow, that you rather live with it?
That makes sense. OCD is basically an attempt to try to impose predictability and certainty on a world which often isn't very predictable or certain. However, it's a double-edged sword -- the obsessive thoughts tend to increase anxiety; the compulsive rituals tend to reduce anxiety. So it makes sense that they would be comforting to an extent. The other side of that coin though is how much energy they take and how much it interferes with one's life.cleanfreak said:what i was trying to say is that ocd gives me a sense of security and "balance" (for lack of a better word) in my life. it's my way of life.
That's a complex question. Yes, in a sense this is part of your personality, I guess, but it's also a bit of a runaway train which is the result of an out-of-balance brain chemistry. Medication may help you to manage that part of you that manifests itself in OCD, depression, social anxiety, etc., but it isn't going to make you a different person or "not you" -- it's merely going to make you a more confortable person.i'm still split on the idea about my being diagnosed with ocd, social anxiety and major depression. do i really have that or is it just how i am (as far as my memory goes this is what i've been like)? isn't this just my personality, isn't it just the way i am? so in a sense medication / therapy would change me to the point that i wouldn't be who i really am (and looking back i think it did).
One of the things I try to do with OCD clients is to help them accept that there is nothing magic about the obsessive thoughts... they are not predictive... they have no special insight. They are simply the particular way someone with OCD worries.
No, actually what I mean is more something like this: "This is just me worrying that it might have been a needle and that I'm going to die. It's just a worry. That's all. It doesn't mean anything except that this is something I worry about. And there is no evidence at all that it's true. It's just me worrying again."stevel said:Using David's insight, one could thwart the OCD by allowing one's self to experience some fear, then perhaps say: "yep, it must have been a needle, I guess I'm going to die".
cleanfreak said:the thought is always (and i mean always) in the back of my head and i know how, i'm just fighting with myself about the when and where. for now i'm living day by day, that's all i can do.
David Baxter said:No, actually what I mean is more something like this: "This is just me worrying that it might have been a needle and that I'm going to die. It's just a worry. That's all. It doesn't mean anything except that this is something I worry about. And there is no evidence at all that it's true. It's just me worrying again."stevel said:Using David's insight, one could thwart the OCD by allowing one's self to experience some fear, then perhaps say: "yep, it must have been a needle, I guess I'm going to die".
I understand. In the meantime, I think I've already suggested trying to load up on foods high in omega-3 EFAs. Also add B12 and iron to that. As well, anything you can do to reduce stress and anxiety in your life will help a bit to reduce the OCD tendencies -- slow breathing, long slow baths, yoga, that sort of thing.cleanfreak said:it seems that everyone recommends medication, my only problem with that is previous experiences and the fact that i don't have health insurance right now. where would i go - i can't afford therapy and prescriptions out of pocket. i probably will be getting insurance in the next 6 months, but don't know if i can last that long.