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  1. paradoxer

    Looking for some wisdom please

    If it relates to their obsessions, otherwise they're like everyone else. I think it's worth stating the obvious on this one ... it helps put the intolerance of uncertainly into a cognitive perspective.
  2. People with OCD also accept uncertainty all the time, provided it doesn't involve one of their given obsessions.
  3. paradoxer

    Need a slap upside the head!

    The fact that you're asking, ruminating, cogitating on this in an OCD forum, should be a clue. Otherwise, just take it to some 'ethics' forum.
  4. paradoxer

    Is this strange?

    No, it's not strange, it's just OCD doing its tedious thing. And don't 'blame' the comedian ... keep in mind, with OCD life is a trigger. BTW the trigger isn't the problem, though the disorder will tell you otherwise - it's your reaction, or non-reaction, that counts.
  5. paradoxer

    Need a slap upside the head!

    'Oops upside your head ... ' You know what to do ... nip the time-wasting disorder-acquiescing rubbish in the bud.
  6. The reality is that OCD is, certainly for most people, a chronic condition. The aim isn't for OCD to go away, though that's certainly a terrific bonus, but for it to be manageable. It's inevitable that some are going to do better than others along the spectrum of tackling the disorder. That said, there's no excuse, to oneself, for not working on recovery.
  7. paradoxer

    Riddled with guilt

    'Everyone is a monster' ... don't try to be special. If it's not the pat on the bum, it'll only be something else. Incidentally, I maintain that 'OCD guilt' isn't real guilt at all. It's far far worse than the real thing. Don't respond to a hyper-charged simulacrum of the genuine article. Put it down.
  8. frankie, I guess it's a bit of a mantra of mine, but changing, or multiple obsessions can actually be your friend. Why? because from a cognitive POV, it reveals OCD to be the time-wasting idiot that it is. While an insight into OCD's MO isn't a magic bullet in itself, it's a necessary grounding to beat the disorder (without that one is lost). RE ERP, one technique that might be worth trying is, set aside an hour during the day, when you will 'purposefully' - as Polar Bear has pointed out - focus on the thought(s). As for any temptation to ruminate, nip it in the bud, rumination is one of the worst, most OCD enabling compulsions. If you feel the need to ruminate at say, 9.00 am, tell yourself that you will intentional ponder the thought at the alloted time, but NOT BEFORE. That helps to put you - rather than the disorder, in the driving seat.
  9. ^ Excellent advice ... terse, concise.
  10. You're welcome! Don't let a stupid disorder get the better of you.
  11. Great post ... gratuitous bump.
  12. Classic OCD. Move on.