From the time you found out that you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), what have you tried so far to overcome it?
There are women (and men) who opt for medication to somewhat control their anxiety. Others try various types of psychotherapy with the aim of understanding how to handle their compulsions and obsessions best without drugs. Either method, of course, can be useful, especially when you commit yourself to it and follow through with the doctor’s orders. But then again, there’s still a third option: the self-help approach.
If you’re eager to see how the last-mentioned can take place, I have some tips for you below.
- Trust Your Capabilities
You can stop feeling preoccupied or overwhelmed on your own. Though you are positive for OCD and the struggle to accomplish both is real, it doesn’t entail that you lack the proper bearings to kick the disease to the curb. Remember, if a chain-smoker can quit smoking and an autistic person can function like a regular human being, then you surely can do something about your disorder too. “Research shows that how you think about yourself can have a powerful effect on how you feel. Practice using words that promote feelings of self-worth and personal power. Give yourself a positive pep-talk.” Dr. Aaron Kaplan, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist said.
- Let The Ideas Comes
Picture out the soda in a sealed bottle. By shaking the vessel without easing the lid open first, you agitate its contents. Thus, the liquid will merely burst out even with the tiniest twist of the cap, saturating everyone nearby.
Doesn’t that sound similar to what you experience when you suppress your obsessive thoughts? The key to averting its recurrence is to allow the ideas to run in your head for a while until you get to interpret them. Despite the strong temptation to react immediately, training your mind over and over may lessen the impulse to do so.
- Avoid Doubting Yourself
As an OCD patient, you may obsess about practically everything since you are unsure of how well you completed your duties. The latter can be as elementary as unplugging your appliances, and yet you still take a few trips back to the house to check if you did it.
Deep down, you are aware that you detached the cords from the electric sockets; however, the illness can meddle with your train of thoughts. Although it’s hard to sidestep this disease, your advantage is that you know what it can do. That’s the reason why you should counter your doubts with confidence and never let fear rule your life. Note that “Putting things in perspective and treating yourself with love and compassion can be such a gift.” Karla Helbert, LPC, E-RYT, C-IAYT said.
- Receive Support From Loved Ones
Overcoming the anxiety disorder becomes extra challenging when you try to deal with it sans outside help. Your relatives may be the best cheerleaders you can ever find. In case they are not around, feel free to talk about it in front of your real friends. “You know the ones—these are the people you know you can always call, text, or email when you need to feel a connection.” David Klow, a licensed therapist said.
Don’t be afraid to do it because no creature in his or her right mind will judge you for having OCD. You didn’t force anyone to give you that illness; it just happened to be in your system. What matters is that you’re looking for ways to control it; hence, you shouldn’t worry about what others will think of you afterward.