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Tips to Beat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Today we’ll learn 6 amazing tips to Beat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Nowadays many people claim very lightly that they have OCD. It seems like a fashionable phrase they use without really knowing the extent of what OCD is. So before we start, let’s define OCD.

Wikipedia defines OCD as…

Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder where people feel the need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly (called “rituals”), or have certain thoughts repeatedly. People are unable to control either the thoughts or the activities for more than a short period of time.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a very debilitating condition which can prevent you from enjoying your life. OCD forces you to go back and checking everything you did just in case.

As Wikipedia further explains:

Common activities include hand washing, counting of things, and checking to see if a door is locked. Some may have difficulty throwing things out. These activities occur to such a degree that the person’s daily life is negatively affected.[1] Often they take up more than an hour a day.[2] Most adults realize that the behaviors do not make sense.[1] The condition is associated with tics, anxiety disorder, and an increased risk of suicide.[2][3]

However, here are some tips that will help you keep your OCD in check:

1. Realize You Have An Issue and make a conscious decision to change.

2. Analyze the issues you encounter and start to make changes if necessary.

3. Make checklists of the things you have already done to avoid checking if you did them over and over again.

Whenever you second guess if you already did it or not, just look at your list rather than go back and physically check.

4. Be Patient!

Rome was not built in a day. This is a process that will take time. Be aware of it and do not feel frustrated if things don’t change overnight.

5. Identify Obsessive Compulsive Behavior patterns.

Whenever you find yourself falling into the OCD trap, stop yourself in your tracks, go to the list mentioned in #3 and do not indulge that compulsive behavior. In time, these instances will be less frequent until totally gone.

6. Talk To Others

There are other people suffering from OCD who will help you and try to support. Not everyone will understand, but help is out there. And the Internet is a great source of information and support. Use it to your advantage and get in touch with others going through the same. Forums can be particularly helpful for this.

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