Pure-O Thoughts change currently how do I they are important or not?
Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:37 PM
I'm desperate about my Pure-O. My thoughts always change. When I tackle one thought, I get used to it and know how to tackle it when it occurs again, but there are always new thoughts, which make me really desperate. How to recognise them before paying attention and taking them seriously. How do I know they are only ridiculous thoughts? Can anybody help?
Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:20 PM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:35 PM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 03:31 PM
I have a similar problem as my obsesessional thoughts are always changing so as soon as I am over one problem a new one arises, very frustrating. I think what is important is that we recognise all of these thoughts as OCD. In essence we have to gain as much knowledge about OCD and learn techniques to overcome it when it does arise. I find that now I know how OCD works I can recognise OCD thoughts as they arise or much sooner, instead of doing the mental compulsions which I used to do. As of yet I am waiting for treatment so I'm not sure what is the best way to tackle the OCD but just understanding the problem, the tactics OCD uses and also speaking to others on this forum has helped a lot.
I'm sorry I can't be of much more help but keep fighting, keep educating yourself and eventually you will beat this!
Posted 19 July 2012 - 05:34 PM
I have a technique in my head that i call cinema. I'm sitting in a cinema and the thoughts are an horror movie. When we watch horror movies we are also afraid, but we are not living in this film. So I let the film start and wait until the end in my mind. Sitting in the movie. This technique worked very well, until a thought pops in: Maybe it is a compulsion you do? (My anxiety level really decrease, when I imagine this scenery. I don't think something, just let the movie continue till the end.) I heard that such techniqes can develop into a compulsion. That is why I asked this question.
Edited by Lilymily, 19 July 2012 - 05:36 PM.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:06 PM
I see what you are saying but I'm not sure if that would work for me as when I have an OCD episode the thoughts just seem so real and I can't see them ever dissapearing. Having said that the thoughts do dissapear eventually but I think it's more about the anxiety levels associated with the thoughts going down more than anything else. I think anything you do to neutralise the OCD thoughts can develop into a compulsion, it's always better to deal with the OCD directly!
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:29 PM
Edited by Lilymily, 19 July 2012 - 11:33 PM.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:42 PM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:49 PM
Note: The news stuff is absolutely good for practice. Everybody is different. The people in the news are not you. You are a unique and completely different person. Your values are different your character is different. Trust yourself and always remember!
Edited by Lilymily, 19 July 2012 - 11:53 PM.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:17 AM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:47 AM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 11:25 AM
I know exactly what you mean. My themes and thoughts change very rapidly like yours and it makes it hard to deal with. It is a tad easier with just one obsession (like worrying you are a pedophile or something) because you can do ERP (exposure and response prevention - basically desensitising yourself to a fear by exposing yourself to it) and deal with it but if you have pure-O and have several different themes and obsessions that are relentless ERP won't help I don't think.
I switch between normal OCD and pure-O quite alot. I am still looking for an answer for dealing with pure-o.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:38 PM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:18 PM
It sounds as if you have very good insight into how your OCD works. I think your cinema technique is a very good idea and I don't think it's a compulsion - you're not trying to stop the thoughts or argue with them. Instead, you accept the presence of the thoughts and let them be and you recognise that your anxiety will go away of its own accord. It also helps to be able to observe your thoughts from a distance and to see them for what they really are - just empty words inside your head. The cinema idea sounds very similar to mindfulness techniques - are you familiar with mindfulness? It must be very frustrating if the focus of your intrusive thoughts keeps changing. Sometimes it can be very difficult to distinguish OCD thoughts from our other thoughts. I've read that whenever this happens and you find yourself asking "Is this OCD or not?", you should take the risk and treat the thought as an OCD thought without engaging in your rituals or ruminations. If you were in genuine danger, you'd know immediately without any doubts.
Hope this helps answer your question.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:48 PM
Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:47 AM
The book sold on this website called "Break free from OCD" covers pure-o and includes a case study on it! I have bought an online copy to try it..