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The greatest exposure for this type of obsession is acceptance...It is the resistance...that causes so much distress.

it can help to be mindful of whether you’re attending or overattending to the present moment; if you’re over attending, to “acknowledge that your mind has taken the act of meditation and shifted it to a performance review.”
 

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On average, studies show that those with OCD suffer 14 to 17 years from the onset of their symptoms to the time they access proper treatment. This is sadly often the result of shame that many people with OCD experience because of the content of their obsessions, misconceptions about the disorder, and an overall lack of understanding about OCD by many therapists.
 

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The last thing you want to do with OCD is to work with someone for a long time and feel judged, not heard, or not have a reasonable set of goals and plans for getting you where you want to go.
 

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Most of us aren't Hitlers or animal abusers. Most of us are affected by a long Christian tradition that, in matters of moral import, equates thoughts with deeds; on some level we feel that to think something "bad" is equivalent to doing something bad. So we carry needless psychic baggage in the form of shame and guilt about ourselves.

~ Timothy Beneke
 

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“This is not some deep dark problem of behavior – OCD is a medical problem, and not anyone’s fault. With brain imaging we can study it just like heart specialists study EKGs of their patients – and we can use that information to improve care and the lives of people with OCD.”
 

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“If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.” —Eckhart Tolle
 

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"Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything
that isn't you -- all of the expectations, all of the beliefs -- and becoming who you are."

~ Rachel Naomi Remen, posted by @Cat Dancer
 

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“The deep meta-message of CBT is that you can behave differently, even in the presence of these thoughts. And that’s very helpful.”

~ Steven Hayes
 

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Am I trying to solve a problem or avoid uncertainty? We worry about a lot of things because we want to make the world certain. Yet this is not actually possible (a challenging reality we are all contending with during this pandemic). Although we seek certainty as a way of feeling more safe and secure, unfortunately, this often backfires. The more time and effort we invest into trying to find certainty in the uncertain, the more frustrated, helpless, and discouraged we become. When we notice this pattern, we can begin instead to focus on accepting uncertainty and turn our attention to the areas where we do have control (in other words, the actions we choose to take).
 
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OCD vs. GAD and How to Tell the Difference


...Some more recently developed CBT techniques can be applied with equal value to both OCD and GAD. These newer techniques, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), are often described as Mindfulness Based CBT, or “third wave” CBT. These approaches are grounded on the premise that unpleasant thoughts and feelings are a normal part of the human experience, and that trying to control them actually makes them worse. This “third wave” approach focuses instead on accepting the presence of unwanted thoughts and feelings, without making an effort to reduce or eliminate them...
 
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