Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a psychological disorder associated with obsessions (recurrent thoughts, such as about germs) and compulsions (repetitive actions, like cleaning).¹
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have obsessions mostly related to the fear of being harmed or harming others. To neutralize such fears, people with OCD perform compulsions (i.e. repetitive actions, like checking or cleaning). In my previous two posts, I talked about the following: The need for control in OCD, why compulsions appear to work, and possible reasons individuals with OCD are motivated to believe compulsions work.
This is my second post in the series on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)—a mental disorder associated with obsessions (recurrent intrusive urges) and compulsions (mental rituals or repetitive behaviors).¹ In my previous post, I described the nature of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the relationship between obsessions and compulsions, and the consequences of performing compulsions. I also explained the first of three aspects of OCD I was planning to discuss: The need for control.
In my previous post, I discussed 6 common themes in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Starting with today’s entry, in a series of 5 posts, I will be discussing additional aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and will end with reviewing one of the most effective treatments for this condition.
Today I discuss six common thinking errors (or maladaptive beliefs) in obsessive-compulsive disorder. These are different from the ten cognitive thinking errors I have discussed previously. I divide these OCD-related thinking errors into three groups:
I received a question about anxiety and abuse in the comments to another blog post, which is why I would like to talk about abuse in today’s post.
AbuseFar too often, people who have been abused live a life of fear and sadness. Sadness for what has already happened; fear for what could happen again.
Some people are preoccupied with their various physical symptoms, ones for which the doctors can find no cause. These people have gone to many health professionals and have been sent for numerous tests, but their symptoms remain as unexplained as before.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder characterized by obsessions and compulsions. Before continuing, I should note that it is not easy to identify an obsession/compulsion without knowing more about the person and her environment. The following examples about diagnosing OCD are for illustrative purposes only.
Do not expect yourself to act like a robot. You are human. You can not just motivate yourself to do something anytime you or other people ask you to perform a task. Having said that, what can you do? In this article I discuss a few potential ways to motivate yourself. See if they work for you. If they do not, do not force it.