Responsibility OCD is the type of OCD with which the sufferer is always worried that his actions will have impact on others. In most cases the other person is someone who is very dear to them and who they care about.
People with responsibility OCD have a strong sense of guilt that follows them everywhere. They make it their duty to ensure that they prevent every possible bad scenario from happening.
For example, a person who has responsibility OCD will see a banana peel on the street and if they don’t pick it up will worry all day that someone stepped in it and that now it is their fault that an innocent person may have gotten hurt.
The sufferer of responsibility OCD will have a hard time killing flies or doing anything else that cause harm to another creature, no matter how big or small.
This goes far beyond the “normal” standards and even though they sufferer is trying to do good, it causes them a lot of anxiety.
The main trait is that the person always worries that if they do not follow what OCD tells them they will be a bad person and that if something goes wrong it will be their fault.
To get over this type of OCD you need to first understand that we are all human and are only responsible for ourselves and those under our care. Sometimes we all can make mistakes but it is impossible to prevent every possible scenario from happening.
You also need to recognize that you are a good person who cares deeply for safety and well-being of others. You need to understand that these feelings of guilt are not real and are just a symptom of your OCD. You will not be able to move on in your recovery until you stop attributing your guilt to yourself. You need to attribute it to your OCD.
Just like with any other type of OCD the two things below must never be done if you want to completely recover from OCD:
Do not ask others or research anything on the topic that gives you anxiety. Remind yourself that your thought is an OCD thought, let it be there and do not seek reassurance from within yourself or from someone else.
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Do not avoid any normal activity because of your OCD. This includes things such as driving, going out or interacting with other people. By avoiding things you are letting OCD win. Live your life as you would without OCD in order to get over OCD.
By not falling into these two traps you will slowly start to recover from your obsessions and will win the war against OCD. It will not be easy at first but with time and effort you will be able to get over OCD.
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I would just like to say a massive thank you to Ali Greymond for all of her help and support through what had to be one of the hardest and most fearful times in my life. Hell sounded appealing to what I was living with- false memory OCD! I’m very private and the thought of telling someone my intrusive thoughts was agonising. I listened to Ali’s shows on YouTube and I knew the best person to help me was her, Ali made me feel so comfortable, I never once felt as though she was judging me in anyway in fact she made me feel the opposite like I was normal and none of this meant anything. She gave me the tools and skyped me every day I felt like She was in the next room the support was amazing. This wonderful lady changed my life, it’s hard work and determination daily but if there’s one person that can help you recover from OCD it’s Ali Greymond. She’s amazing at what she does and me and my family are blessed we found her because I don’t know where I’d be now. Thank you Ali your programme is amazing. (L.)
I came to Ali with a severe case of contamination OCD. Ali graciously offered me an introductory session free of charge. When I asked her when we could start, she said “how about today”? I liked that she was that proactive and willing to jump in immediately. I looked at the packages she offered and signed up immediately for the “Severe OCD” package, because that accurately described the state I was in. Ali almost immediately became my anchor, my support system and friend through this very frightening and lonely disorder. With Ali by my side, I had hope for the first time and I made strides that even surprised me. I was amazed at how quickly I started to recover. It felt like magic to me.
Having been a fellow sufferer herself, she truly understands the disorder. I felt that Ali intuitively knew when to push me through a fear and when to back off. When she felt that I was not ready for an exercise she told me. When she felt that I could push through a fear, she told me and 100% of the time, she was on point! This was extremely important as feeling in control is such a huge element of this disorder. I would recommend anyone suffering with this disorder to work with Ali. She helped me get my life back and that is priceless. (J.)