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Do You Suffer From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? 4 Ways That May Help
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Do You Suffer From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? 4 Ways That May Help

Obsession!

There are two types of obsession; animate and inanimate. An example of the latter is someone who feels that if they don't put on their right shoe first when dressing, then something utterly disastrous will happen.

The former, the animate obsession, is the person who obsesses over a member of the opposite sex. Now this can become very dangerous. Say a normally rational man sees a woman at work and he can't get her out of his mind. He's never spoken to her, but that doesn't necessarily matter. His days and nights are filled with her image.

He starts to imagine that she has feelings for him too. He might accidentally on purpose bump into her. He apologizes profusely, she gives him a brilliant smile and tells him that no harm was done, and goes her way. He interprets that smile as an invitation. All he sees then is her brilliant smile. This could lead to his following her home and she eventually realizing that he's following her. Then he invites all sorts of complications.

Film stars often have to suffer this sort of thing, which is one of the reasons for their bodyguards.

Do you suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? That's the proper name for the condition. It takes all forms, from our friend with the shoes, to the person who has an almost overwhelming desire to yell 'Fire' in the supermarket. Here are 4 ways of ridding yourself of this condition.

Number 1. You finish work, climb into your car, and immediately think;

"My God, is my wife all right? Has she been taken ill?"

For a completely unknown reason, you've had this thought a thousand times before. This time, though, just stop and analyze it. Have you ever found your wife ill when you've reached home? No.

"My imagination keeps making me think the same thing."

Your imagination's in a rut. You're so used to thinking this, day in and day out, that as soon as your bottom hits the seat of your car, here it comes again. No, you've never found her ill. So why this time?

"It's never happened, so why waste my time thinking about it?"

Takes a bit of practice, but whenever that thought springs to mind, switch it off.

Number 2. Hypnosis is a trance state and so are obsessive thoughts. They hold you in thrall, your mind tightly focused on them. Another way to rid yourself of them is to wrap a rubber band around your wrist, and every time you start obsessing, twang the band. Now, there are people who say this is stupid. But it works, so who's stupid now? The reason it works is that it breaks the trance.

Number 3. There's a very interesting experiment you can try. Sit down in your most comfortable chair, close your eyes and give yourself a chance to really relax. Then clap your hands. Continue sitting there, relaxing comfortably, then imagine yourself clapping. Remain with your eyes shut and then think to yourself, which was the real clap? You'd be amazed at the number of people who have it wrong!

Number 4. Actually, obsessive thoughts are usually the result of stress. Something in your life is making you anxious, but it may be so deep-seated, that you honestly don't know what it is. Again, relax in your chair, but this time have a good look at your life. A really good look, warts and all. Almost certainly you'll come to realize that a particular facet of your life is worrying you. You've nailed it! Now work at how you can negate this anxiety.

I do hope you've found this article helpful.


Street Talk

  

Thank you so much Barbara for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Every good wish, Mike

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  about 8 years ago
Barbara9  

very informative article

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  about 8 years ago
  

Thank you so much, Kim and Kevin, for your very kind comments regarding my article. Kim, I'm so sorry about your sister. You're quite right, of course. If they're in denial, there really isn't much you can do. Thank you both so much again, Every good wish, Mike

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  about 8 years ago

Very interesting article Mike

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  about 8 years ago

I don't think I suffer from this dis-order and the reason is because one of my 4 sisters really does and it's pitiful to witness. The problem is that she's in complete self-denial so nothing much can be done. Sad but true. Thanks for that Mike.

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  about 8 years ago
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