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  • HOW TO OVERCOME OCD

  • One of the most painful patterns of mental life goes by the term OCD: obsessive compulsive

  • disorder.

  • To the sufferer of OCD, there is something that requires constant rumination and investigation:

  • a poisonous gas is seeping into the house, a sharp knife may have been left out in the

  • kitchen and could be seized on by an intruder, there’s something inappropriate they might

  • have looked at online a while back and the police might be on their way, their skin may

  • be aging prematurely and they need to look in the mirror constantly to learn more.

  • There is no use, in such cases, offering simple reassurance.

  • No matter how often one shows the sufferer that no gas is flowing, that the knives are

  • locked away, that they haven’t done anything bad online and that they aren’t disintegrating

  • physically, it doesn’t work (though one might do it for a bit anyway, just to be nice).

  • This is because the true object of terror lies somewhere else.

  • OCD is a trauma from the past that has been projected into the future and metastasized

  • into a paranoia.

  • It can therefore only be solved by persistent detective work.

  • We might, through patient investigation, discover that the terror of gas poisoning had its origins

  • in a depressed mother who appeared to want to asphyxiate us in childhood; the dread of

  • a sharp knife might reflect an unacknowledged fury at a caregiver who let us down appallingly.

  • A fear of arrest might be connected to a sense of never being legitimate in one’s family

  • of birth.

  • Dread of aging might be a consequence of a parent’s rivalrous jealousy.

  • Fear has jumped its cause in random, almost poetic ways; one has been left with its shell,

  • while its innards remain protected.

  • Our minds are likely to insist that their terror has nothing at all to do with the past

  • - and simply everything to do with the gas tap or the dimpled brow.

  • We should stay sceptical before such protests - if only because, were we to solve one surface

  • worry without drilling into its ultimate cause, we’d simply facilitate its movement elsewhere.

  • We need to travel back to the source of dread and drain it properly.

  • The world will only feel like a safe place once the unfortunate sufferer remembers their

  • original injury, localises it and separates it off from modern-day anxieties.

  • As must seem entirely unbelievable to anyone in the grip of OCD, a day might come when

  • one has relearnt what dreadful event shook one’s foundations and bred ensuing obsessions

  • - and the present can start to feel as calm and as bearable as it should always have been.

HOW TO OVERCOME OCD

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How to Overcome OCD

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    Summer posted on 2022/03/26
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