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What Is Thought Act Fusion In Ocd?
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Obsessive and compulsive symptoms of OCD present a thought act fusion. Thought act fusion is defined to be as the belief that the thought of a certain action is the same with doing such action or ritual. An example of this is when a thought enters the patients’ mind that when driving his car, he is to accidentally hit another, and therefore believes that this is equivalent as well as inflicting injury on others. Thought act fusion can also make OCD patients believe that their thoughts are probable to happen depending on how they bother them. An example of this is when having an obsession that a family member may die soon. This makes them believe and gives them the fear that their relative may actually die and there is a greater probability for their death just simply because of the thought.

There is a great relationship between the obsessive and compulsive symptoms of OCD and thought act fusion. The more a patient suffers from thought act fusion, the more his obsessions and or compulsions may be severe. Thought act fusion may also be identified before or after the patient gets Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Yet, both can be directed to though suppression alone. An OCD patient usually suffers from strange and shocking suppressions. They thought that they will experience relief when they suppress their thoughts. But the real thing in this situation is the more patients suppress their thoughts the worse is the effect on it to them the moment the thoughts are triggered. The idea in here then come that thought act fusion, in one way or another may somehow help the obsessions and compulsions of OCD patients.

On the other hand, what is not good in thought act fusion is that belief it gives to the patient that their thoughts are dangerous and harmful. Because of this, they also resort to suppressing their thoughts which only make their obsessions and compulsions worse.

Thought act fusion, as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be also treated. There are various treatments that can cure both. One of the most immediate and effective treatment given to both patients the psychological treatment. Therapies done to them are also done through experiments, observations and exposures to various situations. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy will also best treat the symptoms of OCD and thought act fusion. Through this treatment, they make even more flexible and open thoughts rather than eliminating them which is very hard to do.


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