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How can I stop doing OCD rituals?

How can I stop doing OCD rituals?

The key to OCD: Is to learn to live with uncertainty. Rituals temporarily reduce anxiety. You need to learn to face the anxiety and stay with it until it diminishes. Find a mental health professional with experience treating ocd. You'll need the coaching and support a professional can provide. ...Read more

Rituals (Definition)

OCD (vs. religious practices), rituals are compulsions to perform some act to an unnatural degree, such as tapping a refridge door many times after closing it to "make sure" it stays closed. Avoiding cracks in sidewalks, or arranging things on a desk so that everything has to be parallel and perpendicular can be OCD. Usually this comes with anxiety, which the rituals ...Read more


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How can you stop your OCD rituals?

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How can you stop your OCD rituals?

Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive behavior therapy and various related therapies have proved to be very helpful at stopping rituals. The most researched is a form called erp. Check out the oc foundation or nimh websites. ...Read more

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How can I stop doing my OCD rituals?

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OCD: Several behavior modification techniques to be discussed with your therapist, such as exposure, imagery, thought stopping, response prevention, flooding, etc. ...Read more

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How can I stop doing my OCD rituals?

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How can I stop doing my OCD rituals?

Meds and CBT: Rituals are a behavior. Ocd is a treatable condition but it takes courage to face and to seek treatment. Rituals are a focus of a comprehensive treatment plan and can be helped with behavior therapy. ...Read more

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How to stop doing my OCD rituals on my own?

Know Your O's & C's: Ocd can boss u around & try 2 spook u. It can rob ur life of fun & joy & it can really take a toll on ur relationships. It causes some people great anguish & suffering. Make it ur mission to learn all about it -the various forms it takes & how exposure & response prevention (erp) treatment can help. Find trustworthy sources of info like ocfoundation.Org for self help try http://bit.Ly/12daeql. ...Read more

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Is it my fault that I have to do OCD rituals or my moms?

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Is it my fault that I have to do OCD rituals or my moms?

Not important: Whos fault it is or why you have OCD isnt as important as what to do about it.Even if you could answer it- it wouldnt help you.We do know genetics and learning play roles. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time breaking my OCD rituals? So much anxiety

I'm having a hard time breaking my OCD rituals? So much anxiety

Burst: If you break all your rituals at once you're bound to have an anxiety burst before it begins to decrease. Have you tried cutting one behavior at a time vs all or nothing or trying to quarantine your cod behaviors to specific times of the day first? Some find a step down approach is easier while others need to engage in an all or nothing approach. ...Read more

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I tried my level best to stop doing my OCD rituals.But that just resulted in severely heightened anxiety...And I had to finally give in.What to do?

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Keep Going: You obviously had the motivation to try on your own so that's a great start. Work with a professional to develop a plan and a target . Obtain resources. Get educated . Never give up. ...Read more

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After being tapered off Zoloft, I've had complete return of all the ocd rituals I have before meds. Is this normal? I'm afraid this is a relapse?

After being tapered off Zoloft, I've had complete return of all the ocd rituals  I have before meds. Is this normal? I'm afraid this is a relapse?

Yes: If you were stable on Zoloft and now have a complete return of symptoms after stopping it, this sounds like a relapse. Please talk with your doctor about your symptoms. Depending on the reason for stopping Zoloft, options might be to restart Zoloft, start a similar medication and/or start a course of cognitive behavioral therapy. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm looking for some practical daily tips I can practice to lessen and eventually eliminate my OCD rituals and anxious thoughts/feelings. I don't have the time or resources for therapy and want to stay away from medications. Is it possible to over

Yes we can solve it: Neuropsychiatric problems like you have do respond well to non- drug treatments, sometimes called talk therapy or CBT(cognitive behavioral therapy). You have to retrain your thinking with the help of a counselor. I would advise you to reduce stress and calm your nervous system down with the help of Yoga, Relaxation and regular exercise daily.
Breathing exercises will also help. You can use Net hel ...Read more

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OCD ritual is popping my pimples. Can't stop. Got comedone tool to stop using fingers, to not hurt skin. How do I use it? PS - in treatment for OCD.

OCD ritual is popping my pimples. Can't stop. Got comedone tool to stop using fingers, to not hurt skin.  How do I use it? PS - in treatment for OCD.

The loop: of the comedone extractor is pushed gently against the comedone. Don't drag it or push too hard. BUT - you really need to keep working on that compulsion. Take care. ...Read more

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How do I stop doing rituals because of my ocd?

Know Your O's & C's: Ocd can boss u around & try 2 spook u. It can rob ur life of fun & joy & it can really take a toll on ur relationships. It causes some people great anguish & suffering. Make it ur mission to learn all about it -the various forms it takes & how exposure & response prevention (erp) treatment can help. Find trustworthy sources of info like ocfoundation.Org for self help try http://bit.Ly/12daeql. ...Read more

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Should wife stop indulging OCD husband's rituals cold turkey or gradually?

Should wife stop indulging OCD husband's rituals cold turkey or gradually?

Help from the IOCDF: The international ocd foundation has a helpful video for family members of persons struggling with ocd: http://bit.Ly/wxys1n through the iocd you can also connect with online support groups for family members. Keep in mind that people with ocd can cling desperately to their rituals & can be terrified of letting them go. Let your husband know that you really want to help but want to do what works! ...Read more

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What are some common OCD compulsions or rituals?

What are some common OCD compulsions or rituals?

Common ocd: Common rituals include number counting, such as having to take 10 sreps before going to bed, having to have an even number with whatever you do-pumping gas, depositbg money, etc. Common comoulsions include handwashing, re-chexking if locks are locked, re-checking whether stove is off. ...Read more

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I have taken several medications for my OCD. My symptoms are still extreme though. Rituals can take up 7 hours of my day. What can I try next?

Therapy: This is a difficult disorder and expertise is very important - but there are experts, even programs. W/out challenging persistent courageous effort from you both, it's a big bully. Some programs use ECT too. Each case differs, but you can win - it's quite a battle however. I wish you success. Don't give up up prepare for an intense experience. Search for a good fit. ...Read more

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If you suffer ocd, do your rituals frustrate you enough to make you lose temper?

Reaction to rituals: I think you are asking whether the rituals can lead to frustration. The answer to this is yes, especially if you recognize that thr riual is inecessary and not rationally-based. Other emotional reactions may occur as well, but frustration is not uncommon especially for those trying to stop the behaviors. ...Read more

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What happens inside the mind of someone with OCD if they do not perform their "rituals"?

What happens inside the mind of someone with OCD if they do not perform their "rituals"?

Decreased distress: Interesting question! the answer is technical and related to behavioral reinforcement. If a person actually does not perform the ritual any longer, the distressing thoughts (obsessions) will tend to briefly get worse before they go away entirely. The reason they go away is partly because they are not reinforced by the relief of the ritual. Response prevention is the name of this approach. ...Read more

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I think I have ocd.I have stopped repeating rituals in my head but now it is hard to explain. I always have to keep my breathing and thoughts in sinc. how do I stop this it is.It is maddening.

I think I have ocd.I have stopped repeating rituals in my head but now it is hard to explain. I always have to keep my breathing and thoughts in sinc. how do I stop this it is.It is maddening.

OCD: You're describing some classic symptoms of OCD. Hallmark is knowing the thoughts and compulsive behavior are illogical, but unable to stop them. Your stress is very real. What's unusual is having OCD first episode as an older adult. See your doctor to make sure no underlying medical factors contributing to anxiety. OCD is treatable. See a mental health professional for guidance. https://iocdf.org/about-ocd/ ...Read more

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I'm suffering from OCD my psychologist telling me to break all my rituals. But I feel so overwhelmed.Since I'm not doing my rituals, I feel so anxious?

I'm suffering from OCD my psychologist telling me to break all my rituals. But I feel so overwhelmed.Since I'm not doing my rituals, I feel so anxious?

OCD: Breaking all the rituals all at once can be intolerable for some. I would say slowly cut down on the rituals at the speed with which you are comfortable. Also, consider going to a psychodynamically trained psychotherapist, or a psychoanalyst. ...Read more