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Steps to Relief: OCD

by Blake Wingo

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may seem like a daunting condition when you first hear it. Media has warped our minds into associating someone with OCD as someone who is unable to leave the house without making sure the oven is off and making sure the door is locked over and over again. While in some circumstances, this might be the case, in reality that is the exception to the norm. 

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People with OCD often experience intense fear or discomfort when they resist performing their compulsions, yet the relief gained from engaging in these rituals is often short-lived. This cycle can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and isolation, as individuals struggle to control their thoughts and behaviors. Common obsessions include fears of contamination, doubts about safety, or a need for symmetry, while compulsions may manifest as excessive cleaning, checking, or counting. Consider some of these coping skills to help you when you experience these urges. 

Cognitive Restructuring:

Cognitive restructuring involves challenging and reframing distorted thoughts or beliefs related to OCD. Therapists work with clients to identify irrational beliefs fueling their obsessions and help them develop more realistic and adaptive ways of thinking. By changing their cognitive patterns, individuals can gain a sense of control over their thoughts and reduce anxiety.

The Importance of Self-Compassion:

Throughout the therapeutic process, it’s essential for individuals with OCD to practice self-compassion. Healing takes time, and setbacks are a natural part of the journey. Rather than being critical of themselves, individuals can cultivate self-kindness and patience, acknowledging their progress and resilience along the way.

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