Beating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) means understanding it. OCD is a condition in which people become enveloped in rituals and repetitive behavior. These rituals allow those suffering from the disorder to make sense of the world. Depriving them of the rituals typically activates the sensations of doubt and uncertainty. The goal, thus, in overcoming OCD, is overcoming these emotions. With the Counseling Center’s psychotherapy Westchester NY services, you can make that a readily attainable objective. Here’s where to start.
Naturally, this is easier said than done. But the goal is to try and see things clearly. Whenever you feel your anxiety bubbling up, try to look at the situation as objectively as possible. Ask yourself where are the roots of these emotions? Understanding triggers can help keep your OCD under control.
Additionally, understanding the source of the problem may help motivate you to want to combat it. All too often do people suffering from OCD feel guilty for it, as if they’ve done something wrong. The reality is that studies have shown that OCD in most cases is the result of certain genetic and biological dispositions. In other words, it’s something that has really been out of your hands since birth, meaning it’s in no way your fault that you having these feelings.
These thoughts are not uncommon among the general population. The anxieties of OCD are present in the average person. What distinguishes those with diagnosable OCD is their struggle to keep these emotions at bay. This control, however, is achievable with hard work and motivation.
The anxiety one experiences as the result of OCD often stems from the fear of some kind of an impending disaster if certain events don’t take place. It is the sensation that something terrible will happen if one does not flick this light switch the appropriate number of times. A crucial distinction in defeating this disorder to recognizing that you’re worst enemy is not the impending disaster, but rather, the emotions you experience that suggest that such a disaster exists. The objective from start to finish is always to learn to live with these emotions, and not let them take control of your being.
If your OCD has reached the point that you find it debilitating, and you fear that it may have an effect on your social and/or professional life, then it’s time to do something about it. That means taking the leap and seeking out someone who has the knowledge and experience to help you passed it. That’s precisely the service that the Counseling Center can offer to you.