Living And Learning With OCD

OCD Challenges

Tips for living with OCD

( — OCD—obsessive-compulsive disorder—causes people to become fixated on anything from germs to accidents to injuries, which, in turn, leads to developing rituals to calm these obsessive thoughts. Some people with this anxiety disorder develop intrusive thoughts that they will inadvertently harm someone else.

If you’re struggling with OCD, here are some tips that can help:

Explore your anxieties. Be honest about subjects that provoke your anxiety and then explore which fears are truly realistic and which aren’t. Anxiety loves ignorance, and anxieties are generated by these images in one’s mind. The imagery becomes so intense that you start to believe it. Challenging the validity of your obsessions can help offset some of your fear and discomfort.

Make a list. Write down your obsessions and compulsions, and slowly try to reduce your compulsive behaviors. Actively try to cut back on these behaviors: If you check the door 10 times before bed, try checking it only twice.