OK.I had promised myself and everyone else not to write anymore posts. I guess I will have to take that back as some people have asked me to write about specific topics and I see a need of writing a few more because of some of the feedback and observations of lately. I will start with this one today.
Something that is common to almost everyone that I speak with is what I call roller coaster behaviour. This is the sequence of events (or very similarly), I will explain:
1) There is a strong rOCD trigger that leads to high anxiety and panic (spikes)
2) Starting to feeling very bad and looking for quick fixes – go to blogs, websites, speak with friends, offload onto partner, etc
3) Life kicks in and the mind/brain gets distracted – start being busy with other things
4) Anxiety decreases (and starts to think that does not have rOCD, it is actually not that bad and I can cope with it)
5) another trigger appears and the cycle starts all over again
So this rOCD has become a chronic disease, does not “kill” immediately but still lives in the background and goes through cycles. And then we wonder, why we do not see any improvement.
Real lasting improvement can only happen when we commit ourselves to daily change. No matter how much good advice we get – if we cannot apply it daily it is only a quick fix. We need to stop and really think about this.
Are there any other options to daily commitment? Yes, if we don’t want to get better.