Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Strategies to Relieve Suffering and Move On to More Productive Thoughts

obsessive-compulsive-disorderObsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) leads individuals to exercise repetitive behaviors due to unreasonable thoughts and fears in their head. These repetitive behaviors interfere with everyday life in a variety of ways.

The compulsions that an individual performs reflect his or her obsessive thoughts and fears. For example, if an individual has a fear of germs, excessive washing of the hands would become apparent.  With a constant fear of germs, repeating the washing hands process will temporarily relax the fear of germs. Because the fear never goes away, this is what results in obsessive compulsions.

All OCD thoughts and behaviors have a function to the individual involved.  They protect them from something or keep other things close that they fear losing. Because the thoughts and behaviors have a direct purpose to the individual that is not always understood by those around them, the OCD sufferer will often have heavy shame and guilt around their behaviors.
There are proven strategies that do work to relieve the suffering of OCD and help people move past the obsessions and onto more productive thoughts.