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“These are things I know from the inside… When I was in my teens I had issues with OCD,” she said.

Describing how the condition manifested itself she said that she became increasingly irrational.

She said that as a teenager she constantly made lists and could not stop “checking, double checking, triple checking” things.

OCD, Anxiety, and Resistance

Stacey Kuhl Wochner, LCSW, of the OCD Center of Los Angeles discusses resistance and certainty-seeking in OCD and related anxiety based conditions. Part one of a two-part series.

Resisting our unwanted thoughts, feelings, and sensations is a futile task that is doomed to fail.

When treating clients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety based conditions, two of the most important topics we discuss are “resistance” and “certainty-seeking”.  People suffering with these conditions often have unpleasant and unwanted thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations, and resistance to these experiences is a normal, natural reaction.  Simply put, when faced with something uncomfortable or painful, we humans instinctively resist it, and quickly look for ways to reduce our discomfort through avoidance.  But unfortunately, while resistance may internally feel like the correct response to our uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and sensations, it actually serves to inflame them.

For most people, it seems counterintuitive to reduce resistance and allow uncertainty to remain in the face of these uncomfortable internal experiences.  Many are likely to think something along the lines of “I must find a way to keep this thought, feeling, or bodily sensation from happening again.”  But this philosophy of resistance in regards to our unwanted internal experiences will actually cause them to become more powerful.  As illogical as it may seem, oftentimes the best solution is to lower our resistance, surrender, and accept what is being offered.

If you encountered a mountain lion while on a hike, what would you do?  Your natural, instinctual inclination would be to respond to the message that your body is sending you.  Your sympathetic nervous system would respond and your body would begin to release hormones including adrenaline, to prepare you to perform optimally if you need to fight or flee.  You would experience physiological reactions such as shortness of breath, rapid heart rate and trembling associated with these changes.  Every cell in your body would be screaming for you to turn and run to safety.

But responding to these physiological messages could actually get you killed. The Mountain Lion Foundation of California explains that you should make direct eye contact with the animal, stand up as tall as you can, wave your arms, speak slowly and firmly, and throw rocks or branches at it.  Under no circumstances should you turn your back to it and run or crouch down.  If you become panicked and respond with fear, it will trigger the animal’s natural instinct to chase you.  You will become prey and the mountain lion the predator.

In order to make the decision to respond in a different and more effective way than your body is telling you to, you must use meta-cognition.  The simplest definition of meta-cognition is “thinking about thinking.”  We have thoughts, and we have thoughts about our thoughts.  Meta-cognition is the process that is at work when we are using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  It allows you to notice the space that exists between receiving information (“OMG, there is a mountain lion!”) and responding to that information (“Do I want to listen my body and run, or should I stand my ground and throw my water bottle at this wild, vicious creature?”).  You can then make the decision to maintain your composure and do the illogical action, because you understand that it will save your life.

When dealing with the unwanted thoughts, feelings and sensations experienced in OCD and related anxiety conditions, resistance to your situation is not the answer.  Mindful acceptance is almost always a better way to respond to these uncomfortable internal experiences.  There are many other examples that I use with clients that reiterate this theme.  Imagine you are driving in a car and the traffic suddenly stops in front of you.  You glance in your rear-view mirror and realize that the person behind you is not paying attention and is about to slam into you.  In this situation, it is wise to allow your body to roll with the impact and avoid tensing your muscles to brace for it.  It has been said that the reason that drunk drivers are the ones who survive car accidents is that they are more relaxed and do not anticipate the collision.

This is also what the expression, “roll with the punches” means – accepting the punch that is being presented to you as a means of diffusing it.  The phrase was derived from the boxing technique where one would lean back or to the side when being hit by an opponent in order to better absorb the punch and avoid receiving the full force of the blow.

If you were in a body of water and didn’t know how to swim, to avoid drowning your natural tendency would be to wave your arms, yell for help, and perhaps splash around in the water.  But it is actually the depletion of oxygen and energy that cause people to drown, and these intuitive activities would get you there sooner.  A better idea is to fill your lungs with air and to lay face down in the water so that you can create buoyancy.  The best way to survive is to completely surrender to the situation rather than resisting and struggling.

All of these analogies illustrate how resistance may seem like the correct response, but ends up making the situation worse.  If you choose to simply allow your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations to run their natural course, they will rise and fall on their own.  When it comes to OCD and anxiety, you can draw upon the imagery of these analogies to encourage yourself to be courageous in making a counterintuitive decision.  Feel free to comment below with your own analogies for resistance, as it would be great to hear more examples that have helped people.

I understand that you may be in doubt about whether your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations are real or OCD.  You may be saying, “If I only knew for certain that they were just thoughts, then I would be willing to stop resisting.”  Part two of this series will discuss “certainty-seeking”, which is the other main strategy that is crucial to discontinue when learning to better manage OCD and anxiety.

•Stacey Kuhl-Wochner, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the the OCD Center of Los Angeles, a private, outpatient clinic specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related conditions.  She can be contacted stacey@ocdla.com.

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Study: Psychologists Placing Nail-Biting In ‘Obsessive Compulsive’ Category

WASHINGTON (CBS WASHINGTON) – New psychological testing places nail biting in the pathological grooming category of, “obsessive compulsive disorder.”

The American Psychiatric Association, in a new study published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is rethinking how “pathological groomers” – aka nail biters – should feel about themselves.

In testimony from an afflicted nail-biter, National Public Radio spells out some of the personal anxieties that one nail-biter felt during their 30 years of the habit.

“I can tell you the exact moment I became a nail biter. I was 6 years old, watching my mom get dressed for work,” Amy Standen told NPR. My reaction: How cool! How grown-up! I think I’ll try it.”

Recently, something happened that made me finally quit biting my nails. I’ll get to that in a bit. But I was feeling quite pleased with myself when I showed them to Carol Mathews, a psychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco. “Your cuticles are pushed back. It’s not bad. Looks like you’re a recovered nail biter is what I’d say,” she pointed out.

Until recently, the DSM treated pathological grooming a bit like an afterthought and put it in a catch-all category called “not otherwise classified.” But the new DSM proposes to lump together pathological groomers and those with mental disorders like OCD. That includes people who wash their hands compulsively or have to line up their shoes a certain way.

The behaviors have much in common. In both cases, it’s taking a behavior that’s normal and healthy and putting it into overdrive, doing it to the point of being excessive. But in at least one way, OCD and pathological grooming are also very different.

But from her pathological grooming patients, Mathews hears a very different story: They enjoy it. “It’s rewarding. It feels good. When you get the right nail, it feels good. It’s kind of a funny sense of reward, but it’s a reward,” she told NPR.

There are some genetic mutations that seem to crop up in people with OCD and in people who groom pathologically. But just because you have the mutation doesn’t mean the behavior is inevitable.

“With OCD, it’s more likely you won’t, says Mathews. “As genetically determined as OCD is, the risk to a family member for someone who has OCD is only 20 percent. So it’s 80 percent chance of not getting it,” she says.

 Study: Psychologists Placing Nail Biting In Obsessive Compulsive Category

Nail Biting May Be a Sign of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

For many, biting your nails may seem like just an ugly habit. Recently, psychiatrists are changing the way we will view nail biters. By next year the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will classify nail biting as an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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A harmless habit such as nail biting can become hazardous to one’s health. According to the Mayo Clinic, nail biting is not only bad hygiene, but also can contribute to skin infections, increase the risks of colds and other infections as well as spread germs from the nails and fingers.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a variety of anxiety disorder. OCD traps individuals in an endless cycle of repetitive thoughts and behavior. Many who suffer from OCD are plagued by habitual, stressful thoughts and fears that are hard to control. This then forces a need to perform certain rituals or routines as a means to maintain one’s calm over the situation.

For an obsessive nail biter, the behavior is triggered by not the nail itself but outside factors such as driving or feeling stressed out.

In previous yearsm the DSM categorized nail biting as “not otherwise classified.”

However that will change starting next year. Individuals, who habitually bite their nails, compulsively wash their hands or line their shoes up a particular way, will be informed they may suffer from OCD.

The Mayo Clinic suggests if you’re concerned about nail biting; consult your doctor or a mental health provider. To stop you from nail biting, you might try:

  • Avoiding factors that trigger nail biting, such as boredom
  • Finding healthy ways to manage stress and anxiety
  • Keeping your nails neatly trimmed or manicured
  • Occupying your hands or mouth with alternate activities, such as playing a musical instrument or chewing gum

 

For more serious cases, behavior therapy may be necessary.

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Medication now used to treat pet’s behavioral disorders

by Tori Hamby

With so many behavioral treatments for pets – from dog whisperers to medication and expensive training programs – exasperated owners might have difficulty sifting through their options.

Like humans, pets can suffer from a variety of mental disorders that cause behavioral problems, veterinarians say. These disorders – including obsessive compulsive and anxiety disorders, and even Alzheimer’s disease – can show themselves in a pet’s predilection to tear up the house when left alone, tendency to urinate when panicked, aggression or other destructive behaviors.

“Pretty much anything you see in human behavior, we have on the animal side as well,” said Mike Heinen, owner of Lake Norman Animal Hospital in Mooresville.

Alycen Adams, a veterinarian at Carolinas Veterinary Care Clinic in Huntersville, said symptoms of OCD in pets include walking in circles to the point where paws become bloody and, in cats, excessive grooming. OCD is also common in birds, which pick at their feathers as a result.

Dogs that have traditionally been bred to perform jobs – such as Golden Shepherds and Border Collies – often have an overabundance of energy, which can manifest itself as anxiety, Adams said. When left home alone that anxiety can trigger destructive behavior.

“It’s like a high energy person with nothing to do,” Adams said. “They are going to cause mischief.”

Separation anxiety is also especially pronounced in dogs, Adams said, who have poor concepts of time. The sound of an owner’s key jingling at the door, for instance, can trick a dog into thinking their owners will be gone forever.

Medication options

The most effective behavior modification regimens, he said, combine medication and behavioral therapy. Pets can use medication to improve their coping skills, increasing the chances that non-medical treatment – such as reinforcing positive behavior through treats or attention – will stick.

“We can use medicine to break the pattern and help the animal realize ‘hey, I can cope with this; it isn’t so bad,’” Heinen said. “Then we get them over that small phobia.”

“A cat who has had a urinary tract infection can develop a fear of its litter box because of the pain it associates with it,” Adams said. “(Medicine) can ease that aversion.”

There are also drug treatments available for short-term anxiety-induced behaviors caused by thunderstorms or loud noises. Alprazolam and diazepam, known to humans as Xanax and Valium, can be administered temporarily.

Owners can give their pets a dose of these drugs about 24 hours before a thunderstorm is predicted to hit or Fourth of July fireworks go off in the pet’s surrounding neighborhood.

“These pet aren’t lying in the corner drooling like a vegetable when they are on these medications,” Adams said.

Other alternatives

Just as a number of natural treatments are available to humans for stress, anxiety or depression, pets may also benefit from these remedies. The scent of lavender, a flower known for its calming affects on humans, can sooth an anxious pet, Heinen said.

Facial pheromones are available for cats in sprays or plug-in diffuser devices. These chemicals are synthetic versions of naturally occurring familiarization pheromones used to mark objects in its surroundings as familiar.

“They make animals feel like they have their own little baby blankets,” Heinen said.

To prepare dogs for thunderstorms, owners can play sounds of thunder, wind and rain at low volumes to acclimate pets to startling noises, Adams said. Owners can gradually turn the volume up until the dog no longer becomes anxious during storms.

Owners can also buy a Thundershirt online at www.thundershirt.com. The gentle pressure of the snug fitting doggie jacket provides dogs with a sense of security.

“We have some owners who swear by it, and others who say it doesn’t really make a difference,” Adams said. “A dogs reaction to things like the Thundershirt and pheromones really depends on the sensitivity of the dog and the severity of the problem.”

A warning

While pet variations of some behavioral medicines, such as Prozac, Xanax or Valium are identical to the medications a human night take, Heinen said owners should never give their pets medicine prescribed to humans. Dosage amounts and idiosyncratic properties of different drugs could have adverse affects on pets.

“A pinch of Tylenol will kill a cat,” Heinen said. “You need the right drug and the right diagnosis.”

Connect With Thriving Medical Community in India to Obtain Best Health Care

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Is anorexia a cultural disease?

From the outside, my eating disorder looked a lot like vanity run amok. It looked like a diet or an obsession with the size of my thighs. I spewed self- and body-hatred to friends and family for well over a decade. Anorexia may have looked like a disorder brought about by the fashion industry, by a desire to be thin and model-perfect that got out of hand.

Except that it wasn’t. I wasn’t being vain when I craned my neck trying to check out my butt in the mirror — I truly had no idea what size I was anymore. I was so afraid of calories that I refused to use lip balm and, at one point, was unable to drink water. I was terrified of gaining weight, but I couldn’t explain why.

As I lay in yet another hospital bed hooked up to yet another set of IVs and heart monitors, the idea of eating disorders as a cultural disorder struck me as utterly ludicrous. I didn’t read fashion magazines, and altering my appearance wasn’t what drove me to start restricting my food intake. I just wanted to feel better; I thought cutting out snacks might be a good way to make that happen. The more I read, the more I came to understand that culture is only a small part of an eating disorder. Much of my eating disorder, I learned, was driven by my own history of anxiety and depression, by my tendency to focus on the details at the expense of the big picture, and by hunger circuits gone awry.

The overwhelming amount of misinformation about eating disorders — what they are and what causes them — drove me to write my latest book, “Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders.”

Efforts to fight eating disorders still target cultural phenomena, especially images of overly thin, digitally altered models. Last month, the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Binge Eating Disorders Association issued a press release condemning the high-end department store Barneys for giving beloved Disney characters a makeover. Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck were stretched like taffy to appear emaciated in honor of Barneys’ holiday ad campaign. The eating disorders groups wrote:

Viewership of such images is associated with low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction in young girls and women, placing them at risk for development of body image disturbances and eating disorders. These conditions can have devastating psychological as well as medical consequences. This campaign runs counter to efforts across the globe to improve both the health of runway models and the representation of body image by the fashion industry.

All of which is technically true. But when you look at the research literature, several studies indicate that environmental factors such as emaciated models are actually a minor factor in what puts people at risk of an eating disorder. A 2000 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that about 60 percent (and up to 85 percent) of a person’s risk for developing anorexia was due to genetics. A 2006 follow-up study in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that only 5 percent of a person’s risk of developing anorexia came from shared environmental factors like models and magazine culture. A far greater environmental risk (which the study estimated constituted 35 percent of someone’s risk of anorexia) came from what researchers call non-shared environmental factors, which are unique to each individual, such as being bullied on the playground or being infected with a bacterium like Streptococcus. (Several very small studies have linked the sudden onset of anorexia and obsessive-compulsive symptoms to an autoimmune reaction to strep infections.)

Eating disorders existed long before the advent of supermodels. Researchers believe the “starving saints” of the Middle Ages, like Catherine of Siena, had anorexia. Reports from ancient history indicate that wealthy Romans would force themselves to vomit during feasts, to make room in their stomachs for yet another course. In modern times, anorexia has been reported in rural Africa and in Amish and Mennonite communities, none of which are inundated with images of overly thin women. Nor does culture explain the fact that all Americans are bombarded with these images but only a very tiny portion ever develop a clinical eating disorder.

Frankly, I think the Barney’s creation of Skinny Minnie and her newly svelte compatriots is ridiculous. They look absurd and freakish. I think we should be aware of and speak out against the thin body ideal, the sexualization of children, and the use of digitally altered images in advertising. I think we should do this regardless of the link to eating disorders. My objection to the AED and BEDA’s response is that it reinforces an “I wanna look like a model” model for how we think of eating disorders. It implies that eating disorders are seen as issues for white, upper-class women, which means that these life-threatening disorders often go undetected and untreated in men, the poor, and minorities.

How sufferers, their families, and our culture at large think about eating disorders sets the agenda for treatment, research and funding. Until a 2008 lawsuit in New Jersey established that anorexia and bulimia were biologically based mental illnesses, it was legal for insurance companies to deny necessary and lifesaving care. The message to sufferers? You’re not that bad off. You’re just making this up. Get over it.

Too many people can’t. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses. Up to 1 in 5 chronic anorexia sufferers will die as a direct result of their illness. Recovery from anorexia is typically thought of as the rule of thirds: One-third of sufferers get better, one-third have periods of recovery interrupted by relapse, and one-third remain chronically ill or die.

Although research into eating disorders is improving, it is still dramatically underfunded compared to other neuropsychiatric conditions. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 4.4 percent of the U.S. population, or about 13 million Americans, currently suffers from an eating disorder, and eating disorders receive about $27 million in research funding from the government. That’s about $2 per affected person, for a disease that costs the economy billions of dollars in treatment costs and loss of productivity. Schizophrenia, in comparison, receives $110 per affected person in research funding.

The lack of research funding means that it’s been difficult to develop new treatments for eating disorders and test them in clinical trials. Several types of psychotherapy have been found effective in the treatment of bulimia and binge-eating disorder, although many sufferers have difficulty maintaining recovery even with state-of-the-art treatment. Thus far, no therapies have been clinically proven for adults with anorexia. Because many of those with anorexia are scared of the idea of eating more and gaining weight, they tend to be reluctant to show up for treatment and follow through with a clinical trial. Researchers have found a type of treatment known as family-based treatment, which uses the family as an ally in fighting their child’s eating disorder, to be effective in children, teens and young adults with anorexia or bulimia.

The message from AED and BEDA is technically correct: More and more children are dieting, whether in response to thin models, obesity prevention efforts or both. Dieting is potentially dangerous because food restriction can set off a chain of events in a vulnerable person’s brain and body. For most people, diets end after a modest weight loss (and are, more often than not, followed by a regain of the lost weight, plus a few “bonus” pounds as a reward for playing). For the 1 percent to 5 percent of the population that has a genetic vulnerability to an eating disorder, that innocent attempt at weight loss, “healthy eating,” or other situation that results in fewer calories being eaten than necessary, can trigger a life-threatening eating disorder.

However, focusing on purported cultural “causes” of eating disorders leaves out the much bigger, more multifaceted picture of what these disorders are. Eating disorders result from a complex interplay between genes and environment; it’s not just culture. Yet most media coverage of eating disorders focuses on these types of cultural factors. Well over half of the eating disorder stories I see are about celebrities. Celebrities suffer from eating disorders, too, but they are a small fraction of the total number of sufferers out there. Eating disorders aren’t solely about wanting to be thin. They aren’t about celebrity culture or the supermodel du jour. They are real illnesses that ruin lives.

Arnold is a freelance science writer living outside Norfolk, Va. She has just published her third book on eating disorders, “Decoding Anorexia: How Breakthroughs in Science Offer Hope for Eating Disorders.”

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Manage Stress Effectively And Lead A Happy Life

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JK Rowling’s treatment of OCD makes clear it’s not just about sock drawers

In an interview to promote her new book, JK Rowling has revealed that one of the main characters has obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was based, she explained, on her own experience of the illness, which revolved around “checking, double checking, triple checking things”. Hearing OCD talked about in a serious way, by a woman who obviously understands it well, comes as a pleasant surprise. It’s a very different description of the illness from the one the actor Julianne Moore gave four years ago when she said: “Those are the indulgences you can have before you have children. Now I don’t have time to obsess. All that stuff about, ‘I need to go this certain way and do that’ was an indulgence of my youth.”

OCD is a relatively new term, but the illness has been described accurately as far back as the 17th century. It is also a common anxiety disorder – the Royal College of Psychiatrists says that one person in every 50 will suffer from some form of it in their lifetime, but the serious aspects of it are little understood by the general public. Stories about OCD in the media often mistakenly interpret a superstitious nature, or an obsessive tendency for order, as the definitive signs of OCD. How often do you hear a friend refer to themselves as “a little bit OCD”, when really all they mean is that they like to colour co-ordinate their sock drawer?

It’s frustrating to hear interviews with people who discuss OCD as though it were a minor quirk, rather than an all-encompassing pit of worry (an example of this is a story about David Beckham needing to line up all the drinks cans in his fridge). While you may read about neat drawers pretty often, there is very little mention of the terrible thoughts that people with OCD grapple with. The executive director of the International OCD Foundation, Jeff Szymanski, says that the term OCD is often used erroneously: “What you have seen in the media and pop culture is a rise in people misusing the term OCD. What they really mean is they are obsessive or compulsive. But they don’t qualify for an anxiety disorder, which is what OCD is.”

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder often develop rituals to deal with the upsetting thoughts they’re having. A person worried about illness might become terrified of picking up germs, and so take to washing their hands hundreds of times a day. These rituals provide a sense of control, a short relief, but don’t deal with the deeper issues.

From my own experience, I found that OCD can also take a purely obsessional form, and sufferers find their thoughts fixating on all manner of topics. During the worst of this anxiety, I spent every waking moment in thrall to my racing mind, and the irrational thoughts that are the terrible hallmarks of OCD. Songs, images and phrases would stick in my head, like a skipping record player. I found that if you try to push out these intrusions, your mind cleverly adapts and comes back with even more frightening scenarios.

Szymanski says that this technique of repression is widely known to be unhelpful: “Thought suppression actually increases the frequency and intensity of those thoughts. A lot of avoidance behaviours are just as detrimental as traditional compulsive behaviours.”

Luckily, OCD can be helped with a huge variety of different medications and therapies. With help, I’ve found it is possible to overcome the thoughts and compulsions, and so it’s great to hear about someone as successful as JK Rowling tackling it so well. The ignorance that surrounds mental illness often means that people don’t seek help when they most need it. Huge progress has been made to try and remove the stigma from mental illnesses such as depression, now the same must be done for anxiety disorders. Let’s hope the dated colour-coded sock drawer myth is on its way out.

How to Overcome OCD on Your Own

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OCD doesn’t have to take over your life and we don’t indispensably have to occupy a cringe or a therapist to assistance we get over your problem. Check out these tips to assistance we overcome OCD on your possess and find out how we can start to absolved yourself of your OCD.

What labels are we using?

Often inadvertently, we tag ourselves. Usually negatively in ways such as “I can’t do that” or “I always do that” and other easy excuses.

You presumably tag your OCD traits.

Take a time to work out a labels we use and afterwards confirm how we can spin these labels spin so that they no longer strengthen a function you’ve been experiencing all this time.

Don’t try to relabel all during once. Apart from it being a vital task, it’s also counterproductive. You’re some-more expected to get a feeling of overwhelm.

Instead, collect on a pretty tiny tag and work on that until it’s reduced in astringency adequate for it to lift on disappearing. Usually this means that by a time we get to roughly a half approach point, it will only continue a good work of removing absolved of itself.

Then collect on a subsequent label, and so on.

Go into zombie mode

This one sounds uncanny during initial though don’t let that put we off.

Zombies seem to do all robotically and in delayed motion.

So collect on one of your obsessions and spin yourself into a zombie a subsequent time we get a urge.

Go really solemnly – roughly like we were creation a stop suit movie. Trace out any sold partial of a method we routinely lift out sincerely rapidly. And elaborate any step of a approach if probable as well.

If we can do this but removing bored, you’re not going delayed enough.

What this will do is gradually sight your mind that this sold partial of your OCD is too tedious to worry with.

Distract yourself

Whenever we feel a titillate to obsess entrance on, find something else to confuse yourself with. Ideally something totally separate to your unchanging OCD pattern.

Go behind into a child-like mode – they get simply dreaming – and only concede yourself to do a daze for prolonged adequate that we don’t get trapped in your OCD ways.

Get some exercise

Exercise releases endorphins into your physique – they’re a healthy soporific and are ideally safe.

They explain a rush that we get when you’ve taken some exercise. They will also assistance to pull your recurrent thoughts to a behind of your mind, hopefully for a good length of time.

You don’t have to spin into a gym rodent to get a advantages of practice – even a sprightly travel will do a trick.

Work out what’s causing your anxiety

OCD is routinely a phenomenon of anxiety, either we comprehend it or not.

If we can’t figure out what’s causing your OCD on your own, speak it by with a crony or work colleague. They’ll substantially have speckled what it is good before we beheld and are mostly really blissful to be asked to help.

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Helping Children Cope With OCD

By:  Kayla Bremer
KBremer@klkntv.com

Children who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder now have a tool to help them cope.

Nearly 2–percent of the nation’s population suffer from the anxiety disorder.  It causes you to have obsessions and thoughts you can’t rid of.

Debby Houston has specialized in treating the illness for more than 20 years.  She wrote a therapeutic book to help children with OCD.  “the best way to describe OCD is it’s like your brain become stuck…and you can’t move forward.   That’s pretty miserable.   And so obviously with this level of impairment you need to get some intervention,” Houston says.

She’ll host a presentation at Bryan East for all ages on September 11th from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Admission is free.