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Re: HELP NEEDED IN TACKLING OCD PROBLEM!! katekite

Posted by freedom2001 on June 30, 2002, at 8:50:41

In reply to Re: HELP NEEDED IN TACKLING OCD PROBLEM!!, posted by katekite on June 29, 2002, at 19:52:18

Hi,

> It sounds very frustrating.

Indeed sometimes it's like as bad as hell...
>
> I don't know enough about OCD to give a lot of advice... but I do know that for me my mild ocd type things flare up when I am under stress. Sometimes I'm not even aware I'm stressed out. So the best recommendation I know of is to try to find areas of stress and reduce them.

i just found myself a temp job and will be starting my own small humble business soon.
>
> Also, it sounds like this is getting between your girlfriend and you, too. Could be a reason to see a relationship counselor.

my gf has been very kind, loving and compassionate to me, bearing with me and understanding that i have a biochemical problem. I thank God for this wonderful gift.
>
> One thing that was recommended to me once was to wear a rubber band on my wrist and if I noticed I was starting to obsess, to snap it -- sort of to get my own attention -- then change activities (like if walking with your girlfriend, sit down for a minute, give her a kiss, go into a store, anything to change things and concentrate on the new activity -- sometimes if you stop for a minute or two it doesn't come back for a while.)

my mom had checking obsessions and she used the rubber band method as well, but sometimes it doesnt' help her. She's not on medication btw, as we cannot afford it.

thanks for your advice on doing a new activity.
>
> Another thing that works for me, is describing something in my head. So you're walking, notice you're obsessing, find a nearby tree and try to think of three adjectives to describe the way it feels to you: for example, green, waving, peaceful. Sometimes that's enough to get me out of my head. Usually its very hard for me to start but once I get going I feel a sense of relief.

i haven't tried this, but i hope i DON'T have to try it! ;)

Thanks very much and God bless.


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