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  1. You need to challenge your belief in the thoughts. Consider all the evidence why you think the thoughts may be true against the evidence why you think they might not be true and so are really the falsehoods of OCD. Test the evidence using behavioural experiments. Then you will be able to to move past that sticking point.
  2. As I know only too well, with OCD the main areas to focus on are our belief in the intrusions and the resultant compulsions. The combination of these fuels an ongoing cycle. If a particular med for a particular person happens to reduce the intrusions and maintain mood they may be beneficial.
  3. To stop compulsions note when you are doing them, stop and refocus back to what you were doing. Keep doing this, or another beneficial activity each time you spot the compulsions. Compulsions will only make OCD stronger. Separate to that you need to accept that your intrusions aren't true, they are actually fabrications of OCD. To do this you need to go through the cognitive part of CBT to understand why this is so. Then carry out exposure and response prevention. Until you stop giving belief to the intrusions, and carrying out compulsions, the intrusions are going to continue.
  4. Have the doctors suggested OCD before? One might think that if someone suggested those symptoms it would be worth looking to consider what underlying cause might be bringing on the IBS. I responded to this thread because of my current experience of OCD-induced IBS. When my obsessions and compulsions aren't playing up, then nor is my digestive system and other physical symptoms of anxiety.
  5. I am with the doctors on this Artemis. I currently have IBS and other physical issues as a result of anxiety caused by my obsessional thinking. I am perfectly fit otherwise - I know this as I was perfectly fit before this episode of OCD started. You are clearly engaging in a lot of obsessions and compulsions around this, and unfortunately that only maintains the anxiety and the physical symptoms. I know this only too well from my own OCD and am myself trying to tackle this with CBT and cutting down the compulsions. Gas issues is another indicator of IBS as also constipation as well as diarrhoea. Getting some CBT on your obsessional thinking will help you understand what is going on and help you reduce the obsessional thinking and resultant compulsions. When you find that working then the unpleasant physical symptoms including the issues with digestion should fade. Why do we get these physical symptoms with anxiety? The body goes into fight or flight mode. Energy is fed to the muscles and cortisol and adrenalin are secreted to raise blood pressure and increase heartbeat. The digestive system shuts down. If we don't burn off this arousal by flight or fight, the continuing arousal level results in the physical symptoms you are experiencing. The catastrophic thinking - I will be stuck like this, I will never be able to work - also maintains this high level of anxiety. Whilst awaiting therapy you can work on your problem by starting to believe the symptoms are the result of that obsessive thinking and the resultant compulsions. A good book to help you would be "Break Free From OCD" by Dr Victoria Bream Professor Paul Salkovskis and another.
  6. I have lived through smog from coal fires in my childhood and I am 69. There is radon in this area but my two immediate neighbours and many others have lived here for years and are in their 80s. It's fear that is causing your reaction. But there will be plenty of neighbours also living nearby and I bet they aren't worried any more than mine.
  7. You need to plan towards that goal. How do you intend to go about that?
  8. I wanted a new brain for Christmas too. I do think that in the future there will be a really good treatment available, I can visualise putting on a helmet and the doctor reprogramming certain elements of the brain that are producing the obsessional thinking. But right now we have to do it the hard way. There is no good form of OCD. There is no benefit to it. In my own case a genetic link is pretty clear, but there is no real value in looking for causes, much more value in learning to accept we are sufferers and work to overcome, or at least manage, that. A recent relapse has been really bad with a combination of new and old intrusions, repeating in mental chatter, stress depression and negative thinking bias. At 69 I have had plenty of previous experience of CBT, and it has for long periods worked nicely. It is always the gold standard place to work on OCD. So I am back on the process of applying the learnings of CBT, but also looking to fill up more time in my day so that the disorder has less time available. Additional hobbies such as cooking, and a local interest group of some sort are planned. And when the winter is over there are plenty of places for us to go here (we relocated here two years ago). Reclaiming a good place with the illness is proving difficult. A change in meds, and a seeking through a separate project to seek to boost up my positivity and happiness are also in progress.
  9. It was a lonely place, and I was scared in my twenties, I thought I was mad so daredn't tell anyone what I was thinking. Thank goodness there is so much more awareness, and places like our charity and the forums exist to help people. Only we ourselves can change our beliefs, generate some positive emotions instead and find some happiness. No-one else can do this for us. But others can encourage us, though need to avoid re-assuring. Watch for compulsions and work towards easing them out of daily life. Re-assurance - seeking is easy to spot. Rumination is going over and over obsessional thinking, looking for answers, googling trying to remember, looking for similar lines of thinking. But it won't help. Overthinking is something I fall into. It's giving far too much importance to something of minimal importance. Instead of this we need to just let go and move on. The best thing we can do to help ourselves is to learn acceptance. There is nothing unusual in having obsessional thoughts that result in compulsions and cause disorder - some 1% of the population will experience this in a significant way that affects their daily life. If you don't believe you are suffering from OCD, a good adage is "if it feels like OCD it probably is" - so go with that.
  10. I hope he is willing enough to get some help even if via self-help. Small elements of OCD are likely to get bigger.
  11. Absolutely. Do you think anyone else will have a concern over the pencils? We can obsess about, and find a threat in, anything. But we don't have to believe it. Go and vote then buy the pencils and start to use them regularly. Note how you feel about them as you go along.
  12. Vit D supplement plus SAD lamp work fine for me on lifting mood (other than OCD secondary depression when episodic with OCD).
  13. It isn't too dangerous to do exposures. It feels like it, especially with harm themes. But if we don't do the exposure and response prevention we won't improve to a state of management or better - rather we will worsen. The real-life story of Aviator Howard Hughes is a case in point. By believing everything his OCD said and not challenging fighting reducing compulsions Howard slipped from being a powerful entrepreneur to a confined at home recluse totally consumed by contamination fears. It's not unusual to have obsessions of throwing oneself off bridges and heights, jumping out of a moving car, and such things. I have experiences of the first. I am wondering if the reason you haven't progressed is because you haven't challenged the OCD core belief - your fears of committing suicide in some way - with full exposure and response prevention sessions. Until you are able to successfully work through and beyond correct exposure and response prevention you will stay stuck. What is worse. The short term fear and anxiety from facing the anxiety through some sessions of ERP, and discovering the anxiety falling off? Or carrying on with the fear and threat belief, resulting in continuing distress and anxiety?
  14. is is one of the problems when a relapse occurs. It can get out of hand. The EMDR is a simple process it will either be beneficial or not. go into it prepared to have a few sessions and believe it might help. Nothing works if we go into it doubting it. I don't think we actually go back to square 1 - we don't lose the work previously done - something just dominates our focus and we respond with , as we know of course, unhelpful compulsions. Carrying out compulsions makes things worse . So focus in giving the EMDR a good chance, one session won't do it, and chip away at those compulsions.
  15. Here is what I had, then called REMD rapid eye movement desensitisation. My therapist asked me to focus on the the trigger thought and not fight it, let it in as per ERP. Then after a little while she placed her finger in front of my eyes and asked me to keep holding the intrusive thought, but also follow her finger. She then began rapidly moving her finger from side to side such that I had to work very hard to keep following the finger with my eyes and did this for a while. This would challenge the focus on the intrusion, give the brain something extra to think about and the idea is that it desensitises the thought. My view. Another therapy tool, and depending on how powerful and how frequent the intrusions are, and the response of the individual, it may help. In my view, the more therapy tools we have in our toolbox the more options we have.
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