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10 Things You Must Know About OCD

test1Over time as my OCD progressed I learned a few things along the way. I know that if I knew then what I know now my OCD journey would have been a lot easier. I hope that this info will help you and if you have anything you would add to this list please feel free to leave a comment.

1. If a thought starts with what if, it’s probably an OCD thought.

2. If the chance of the feared situation is less than 10%, it’s just an OCD worry.

3. There is no way you can stop a thought. So don’t try to stop it.  Let it be there instead and just ignore it.

4. If you checked something more than 3 times it’s probably time to stop checking.

5. If the situation you are picturing is a farfetched one such as for example “getting a life threatening illness from a dirty door handle” just remember that the odds are very low or none and that there is a
lot of other things that can happen with higher odds such as for example, a car accident.

6. OCD has many different varieties. Just because you have the hand washing type of OCD today does not mean you will have it forever.

7. Do not hide your OCD. This particular disorder does seem to get worse with time so it is important to start treatment before it gets worse.

8. OCD is believed to be generic so if you have it, this means that someone in your family may have it too.

9. Do not be afraid to tell your doctor/therapist/psychiatrist what exactly is bothering you. OCD seems to target the exact same fears divided in around ten different categories, so chances are whatever you have to say they heard it before. Possibly word for word.

10. OCD can be at its worst early in the morning. That is because the serotonin levels are at their lowest in the morning. If you wake up and immediately feel bad do not continue to be in bed.  By getting out of bed you will help your brain refocus on daily tasks and reduce the energy devoted to OCD thoughts.

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