Do you struggle to stop or slow down the thoughts in your head? Does it feel like your mind just cannot stop racing? Are your thoughts often irrational but despite your awareness of this your thoughts persist? If yes, you may be suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a mental health disorder characterized by recurrent and ruminating thoughts that interfere with your life. Often, these thoughts are accompanied by a need to complete an action which is defined as a “compulsion.” OCD sufferers report feeling anxious, depressed, frustrated, terrified and ashamed. What can be even more damaging is that people will blame themselves for their intrusive thoughts and misinterpret that their OCD thoughts reflect they are damaged people which then leads to more negative feelings and self-destructive behaviors. OCD sufferers report they feel powerless as if someone has hijacked their brain. They often recognize their thoughts are irrational but still believe them. Many people label themselves as “crazy.” It is important to not judge yourself and recognize that this is the disorder at work and not a true depiction of your mental status.
Often people need help learning how to manage OCD and must understand that the inability to control their thinking or actions is how the disorder disrupts the brain. It becomes a paradox where one cannot stop their obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviors because to do so would be highly uncomfortable as it creates much anxiety. However, to continue with their OCD behaviors may feel calming in the moment but reinforces the obsessive thinking and need to repeat the rituals. People report feeling such despair because they cannot feel any sense of calm in their lives. However, with assistance one can learn to live with OCD and restore a sense of value and quality of life.
If you or someone you know is dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), please contact me to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.