So that everyone knows that what I have been writing here is not complete nonsense :) , I decided to steal some paragraphs from PsychCentral – as always I do not advocate spending a lot of time going from blog to blog and spending a lot of time reading other people’s experiences or discussing your own. The bottom line is that for those that want to get better they have to put some effort in…
Here is an excerpt of the story:
What if? What if… were constant questions in his mind. Sometimes he felt as if his brain were going to explode because it was racing a thousand miles per hour. He was sure about one thing: he needed 100 percent assurance regarding his thoughts and doubts. He spent countless hours looking for evidence to erase his doubts. It was never enough. He could never arrive at a feeling of peace.
Do you recognize this one?
Individuals with mental obsessions will try to pick apart their thoughts in order to figure them out and resist them. They can spend hours scrutinizing the answers. It doesn’t matter how long they search through their mind for reassurance or how long it takes them to find the answer on the Internet. The answers will not satisfy the uncertainty they experience.
And what about this one?
And I really really really like how they ended the article:
When OCD tries to creep in, they will learn to recognize it and use the skills to keep it at bay. And lastly, they will learn that living with uncertainty is okay — because the truth is, uncertainties surround us all. Once people with OCD learn to accept this truth, they know they don’t have to be slaves to their OCD ever again.
The only thing that the article does not mention is MINDFULNESS. I think it is a good alternative for CBT and you can practice it at home at your own pace and getting a self-help and mp3’s is definitely worthwhile.
Here is the link for the article
The point I want to re-make is that the problem is not the R in ROCD. But rather the O.