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eatw0rms

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Anything help you manage your ocd better? i struggle with intrusive thoughts often

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    • feellicks

      700d

      I try to accept and acknowledge them before I dismiss them. for example, I will get an intrusive thought and will say, out loud or in my head, something like: "thanks for your input, but that's not very helpful right now" "no thank you, I would rather do what I'm already doing/something else" it helps me process the thought

    • Bisquick

      698d

      Recognize it is the OCD, not you. I have Pure O ocd, so i struggle daily with this. Look into ERP exercises, unified mindfulness. You may not have religious ocd, but read up on concepts for imaginal exposure. https://www.treatmyocd.com/blog/religious-scrupulosity-ocd-exposures-explanation-examples

    • BeaBea

      698d

      I use a lot of metaphors to think about and remind myself that intrusive thoughts are benign, not worthy of my attention, and can’t hurt me. I think a lot about the boggart scene from Harry Potter— it takes the form of your fear, and the way to ‘destroy’ it is to push it back with its irrelevance; I.e. by making it silly. Takes a lot of practice tho. ❤️

    • bluefairy333

      699d

      Recognize that the thought your having is intrusive. Intrusive meaning you don’t actually think that thought. Meaning your intrusive thoughts have nothing to do with you. Me personally I get grossed out with some of my intrusive thoughts. But we have to remember it isn’t us thinking it. If I get a intrusive thought I just said “that’s not true” or “no i don’t want that to happen”. Just to reassure myself. Or if you get one, for example “If i don’t do ___ something bad will happen”. I say “nothing bad will happen, I am safe.” “They’re safe”. It doesn’t sound like much but I promise with the more you do it, it does truly make a difference. Also listening to music with head phones helps me or watching my favorite movies/shows :)

    • feellicks

      700d

      I try to accept and acknowledge them before I dismiss them. for example, I will get an intrusive thought and will say, out loud or in my head, something like: "thanks for your input, but that's not very helpful right now" "no thank you, I would rather do what I'm already doing/something else" it helps me process the thought

    • eatw0rms

      700d

      woah that is so helpful! i will have to try that. thank you so much

    • Soskae

      700d

      I have done well with replacements. I have ADHD so this may not work for you but I carry around fidget toys so I can usually push the intrusive thought onto one of my fidgets or something I can hyper focus on. I hope this helps!

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