Identifying Obsessions and Compulsions
As we know, obsessions are unwanted, persistent, intense thoughts, ideas, images, or impulses that repeatedly intrude or invade a person’s mind. The person with these obsessions generally experiences a great deal of anxiety, discomfort, and pain from these thoughts. And they recognize these...
In this post I will discuss the importance of Psychoeducation. I can’t seem to stress the importance of this enough….and unfortunately I believe this is something that is often overlooked and undervalued by most people seeking help for OCD and Obsessive Thoughts. But I believe that Psychoeducation is extremely...
Developing Your Dreams
Identifying and actively pursuing my dreams was vital to my victory over obsessive thoughts, and it will be vital to your victory as well. I believe that you will have a hard time achieving a life free from the obsessive cycle if you cannot first visualize it.
For that reason, I will introduce a concept that was...
Step Two for Overcoming OCD is Breaking Away From Labels and Mental Illness Stigma
When talking about the obsessive compulsive cycle, it is virtually impossible to ignore the notion of labeling or diagnosing people with the particular mental-illness known as OCD.
From my point of view, I don’t believe it necessary to place a diagnosis or...
The First Step to Overcoming OCD and Obsessive Thoughts is Developing the Right Mindset:
When it comes to beating OCD you really have to view the process like fighting a battle or a war. And Ironcially, I was very surprised to learn that one of the earliest uses of the word obsession has to do with warfare. Now, I found this to be quite...
Video Summary – The 10 Steps for Overcoming Obsessive & Intrusive Thoughts
Two questions that often come my way are….
How do I Stop Obsessive or Intrusive Thoughts?
And How do I successfully overcome OCD?
Since the answers to these two questions are very similar, but at the same time a little complex….. I have...
Pure O OCD - How To Treat Pure OCD
A common sub-type of OCD is something known as “Pure Obsessional OCD” or “Pure O OCD” or “Pure OCD.” A person who suffers with Pure OCD will experience various obsessive thoughts, but will generally not display any noticeable outward compulsive behaviors (Hence the phrase...
Ego Dystonic Thoughts
When talking about OCD it is important to understand the difference between Ego Syntonic and Ego Dystonic thoughts.
It is important to recognize that obsessions are Ego-Dystonic.
As Dr. Richard B. Joelson explains,
“Ego Syntonic – Ego Syntonic refers to instincts or ideas that are acceptable to the...
One thing that can get really confusing when dealing with OCD, or anything for that matter is the terminology. I mean even “OCD” is an Acronym…which really stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. To hopefully clear up any confusion you may have, I have decided to make a list of common Words, Phrases, and Acronyms in this OCD Glossary. This way if you ever come across...
I will now discuss different types of compulsions and their role in the obsessive cycle. To recap the definition: compulsions are behaviors, both physical and mental, that a person engages in to alleviate, eliminate, and relieve themselves of the obsessions, and the anxiety or uncomfortable feelings caused by obsessions.
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