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Coping With Ocd Thoughts
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I am diagnosed with ocd, it is focused on obsessing over my intimate relationship. How can I help myself at home? Tips for coping and dbt- nicole
ERP! Talk Back 2OCD!: Ocd can rob ur life of fun & joy & it can really take a toll on relationships. The more u listen 2ocd & believe what it tells u, the more powerful it becomes. Have u had exposure & response prevention (erp) therapy? This is the "gold standard" treatment ...Can teach u how 2 say shut up 2ocd. Get people close 2u involved in ur treatment. Learn more via int'l ocd foundat'n http//www.Ocfoundation.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Refocus!: Ocd thoughts are so intrusive, so demanding. It is almost as if someone else takes over your mind. Take your mind back! focus on meaningful activities, things that make you feel good. Recognize that these thoughts are just words floating around in your head. Imagine an "off" switch that you can press to turn them off. Don't let your body become victim to your mental distress. ...Read more
Tackling Obsessions: Obsessions =unwanted thoughts that get stuck in ur head. They can spook u ; trick u so that u come 2 believe the thoughts r real or that they mean something. They can also trick u into performing actions/rituals 2 chase away these thoughts ("compulsions"). See http://bit.Ly/ykpajd. We don't understand what causes obsessions. For help tacking obsessions, see http://bit.Ly/1azqpnh. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do I ocd about something then I worry I'm purposely thinking the ocd thoughts and then that particular ocd session randomly stops?
What's a way to stop sudden recurring thoughts in someone that has OCD, if there're medicated, and don't normally have them anymore because of meds?
See psychiatrist.: The fact that the thoughts recur means that the medication is inadequate in controlling the OCD or there might be a new stress that trigger the recurrence of unwanted thoughts. IYou need to go back to your psychiatrist for medication adjustment. The psychiatrist can also help identify if there are other explanations for the recurrence. ...Read more
Diagnosed with OCD in 2012(pure-o). I've been having constant racing unrelated thoughts. I feel like i am nearing a breakdown, is this part of OCD?
Have extremely obsessive, horrible thoughts everyday, all day. Also OCD actions. Its ruining my enjoyment of life. I take Celexa20mg a day. Any advice?
"Sitting" with "O's": Obsessions r thoughts u don't want -ones that cause distress. Gender identity is typically formed by age 10, so unless someone has felt uncomfortable w/their gender as assigned @ birth from a young age, it's unlikely that they'd begin doubting their gender id in their 40's. As with any obsession, then label it as such. Try to sit w/ the thought instead of pushing it away. Try bringing it on, even! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OCD Can Torment: Intrusive thoughts -obsessions- of a sexual nature, incl ones that feel embarrassing/shameful, r not uncommon. Can b hard 2understand that someone having such thoughts doesn't want 2b having them. Remember: sexual obsessions r typically very distressing 2the person experiencing them. It's impt 2b able 2discuss obsessions openly. This exposes them 4what they r- just thoughts! www.Ocfoundation.Org. ...Read more
O won't stop: Obsessive thoughts need not be negative, though their persistence is uncomfortable. For example, a common obsession is counting. Once begun, one "must" count to 20, say. Obsessive thoughts that are negative -- imagining doing something dire -- generally channel other anxieties, and actually alleviate them somewhat, and only briefly. Their "attraction" is the thought, "what if i act"? ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
See a pro ASAP: Horrifying thoughts are typical for ocd, and usually not acted on. But when they are high consequence one must take them seriously and at face value. If you are being seen by a psychiatrist or therapist, please call asap. If not, ask your doc. Failing that, call a hotline. These thoughts can be diminished or eliminated. ...Read more
I have OCD and dealing with really disturbing and intrusive thoughts. How can I cope or manage symptoms?
See answer: OCD is generally treated with therapy (interpersonal, CBT and/or exposure) and medication. Do see a mental health professional for a diagnostic evaluation and guidance. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ocd/basics/definition/con-20027827 I hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer