Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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15 days ago by Anonymous Avocado

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD recovery is not easy. So, let's recap
OCD recovery is not easy. So, let's recap what's needed to help the process:⁠ .⁠ 1. Be kind, every step of the way.⁠ .⁠ Beating yourself up for minor setbacks or a loss of hope/motivation does not help you.⁠ .⁠ You can have bad days, highs and lows.⁠ .⁠ Be compassionate and keep going.⁠ .⁠ 2. Embrace uncertainty⁠ .⁠ OCD thrives in your discomfort of uncertainty.⁠ .⁠ Acceptance of uncertainty is a key component of successful recovery.⁠ .⁠ 3. Behaviour change⁠ .⁠ The focus is on changing your response to intrusive thoughts, not about stopping them.⁠ .⁠ 4. Hard work.⁠ .⁠ I don't think I need to expand on this one!⁠ .⁠ 5. Self-awareness⁠ .⁠ Being more aware of those avoidance behaviors. When you are aware, you can make the choice to approach rather than avoid.⁠ .⁠ 6. Humor⁠ .⁠ OCD is not something to be taken lightly BUT... having a sense of humor about it can really relieve the weight of recovery.⁠ .⁠ Laugh at your thoughts. Joke about them.⁠ .⁠ This allows you to start changing your relationship with them.⁠ .⁠ Anything you would like to add
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6 months ago by Anonymous Pineapple

Real OCD !!
While at OCD Con, I spoke with a woman on the elevator who asked what the conference was for. I explained that it was for sufferers of and professionals who work in the field of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She said, “Oh! A lot of my clients have OCD about organizing their homes. They tell me they’re OCD because they like things arranged a certain way.” I took the opportunity to gently educate her that liking things arranged a certain way is, in fact, not OCD. It’s just being particular. She then asked: “Well, what *is* OCD?” Outside of our amazing community OCD is still seen as the cleaning disorder or a fun quirk. Most people, just like the lady I encountered, have no idea what real ocd is. Real OCD is a debilitating disorder that latches onto the things you love the most. It gives you terrible and distressing unwanted and repetitive intrusive thoughts about those things. Thoughts that go against your values and can fill you with guilt and shame. The distress from those thoughts drives sufferers to carry out irrational behaviors called compulsions which are intended to relieve the distress. There is nothing fun or quirky about it. When I wash my dry cracked and bleeding hands for the 100th time because I’m terrified I’ll pass a fatal illness to my son, I’m not enjoying it. When I lay in bed ruminating over the deaths of my loved ones, I’m also not having fun. OCD is not fun. It’s not all about cleaning and organizing. It’s an irrational debilitating and all-consuming disorder that ruins, and even takes, lives. It’s important for the public to know just how serious OCD is so that when someone like me starts having symptoms they recognize it and can get proper help. If you like organizing your belongings, cleaning or having things done a certain way, that’s great, but it’s not OCD. If you enjoy it, it isn’t OCD.
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The problem is I am 13 years old and I am dealing with this so can I ask some questions to you So the question is should I wash my hands if I touch my slippers but it does not but still I feel like it does so can you all help me with this what should I do
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