How to Stop OCD

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Individuals suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) deal with intrusive thoughts, that in turn cause repetitive behaviors which they are powerless to stop. It is a serious, life-altering condition that more often than not requires some form of medical treatment. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut cures or ways to simply “stop” OCD.

Rather, there are certain methods that sufferers can employ in their day-to-day lives that will ultimately allow them to control their disorder, rather than allowing the disorder to control them.

In order to develop a handle of some sort on OCD, it is important to understand what the condition entails. Generally speaking, OCD induces repeated thoughts, emotions, images or impulses that make the sufferer feel unhappy. Most often, the feelings are some form of stress, anxiety or tension. Then, an inability to get these feelings to go away ultimately leads to the feelings of loss of control.

The way to “stop” OCD is simple in theory – remove the unwanted thoughts, emotions, images and impulses from the sufferer’s mind. Get them, in some way, to focus on things that they want to think about all the while disregarding the things that they do not want to think about.

To do this, individuals must meet their obsessions, head-on. OCD sufferers understand and acknowledge that their thoughts and actions are unwanted. Therefore, the best and most desirable course of action for a person dealing with OCD is to take note of the unwanted obsession, or irrational thought occurring, and attempt to prevent it from doing so. While it sounds like something that would be easier said than done, psychoanalysts often introduce this very same policy in an effort to offer treatment.

Equally importantly, the sufferer must deal with the stress and anxiety that comes as a result of OCD. Not only is the excess stress troublesome for the OCD, causing it to worsen, it can also lead to other mental instabilities if not handled properly. Thus, it is important for the sufferer to acknowledge and accept the disorder as is, and rather than feel embarrassed or tense, simply take the necessary measures to help themselves deal with it.

As with most mental conditions, there is no “easy way” to “stop” OCD. The options, however, are available to handle and control the disorder as best as humanly possible. And in the end, that’s all a sufferer can truly ask for.

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