With OCD, it can feel like your obsessive thoughts are controlling you, and you have no say over them. These thoughts are irrational, and you may consciously know that they are not true, however, it feels like your brain is stuck ruminating on them and can’t stop. These obsessions cannot be reasoned away, and what happens is because they cannot be reasoned away, you start to develop compulsions that keep the obsessions from taking over. Compulsions are like rituals, and they soothe the obsessive thought until something triggers it, and then it becomes an endless cycle of having obsessions and compulsions.
When you begin counseling for OCD, you will learn that you can handle your thoughts without doing anything about them. You will come to understand and believe that it is safe to leave your thoughts alone and establish safety and security that are not based on thoughts. With that, you will begin to clarify your values and identify your hopes and desires in order to more confidently go toward your challenges without your OCD getting in the way.
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