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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive Thinking

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Do you have continual obsessive thoughts that make you uncomfortable or seem inappropriate on a regular basis?  Why does it feel like you just can’t stop repetitive, undesired, and intrusive thoughts no matter how hard you try?  This type of obsessive thinking can be extremely unnerving and detrimental to an individual’s emotional well-being.  According to The Amen Clinic “Deep in the middle of the frontal lobes in your brain rest the anterior cingulate gyrus or ACG… When the ACG is overactive, people tend to struggle to shift their attention and are more prone to obsessive thinking patterns and getting stuck on intrusive thoughts (Amen Clinics).”  It doesn’t necessarily mean that it will interrupt an individual’s life but there is the potential.  Obsessive, repetitive, and intrusive thinking should be monitored because they are key signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  

 

OCD is a disorder in which “people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions) (American Psychiatric Association).” The repetitive behaviors can include organizing, cleaning, washing hands, opening, and closing doors, checking locks, and repeating words which can significantly interfere with an individual’s daily life.  Obsessive thinking can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but it usually doesn’t interrupt an individual’s daily life as OCD does.  With OCD, not engaging in compulsive behaviors commonly causes great distress.  Many individuals with OCD are aware or suspect that their obsessions are not realistic; but others may believe them to be true.  Even when individuals know their obsessions are not realistic, “people with OCD have difficulty disengaging from the obsessive thoughts or stopping the compulsive actions (American Psychiatric Association).”   To diagnose OCD there needs to be obsessive thoughts and compulsions that occupy an hour or more a day of an individual’s time, inhibits work or social functioning, and cause significant distress.  

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It is possible to treat OCD through therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Brainspotting.  CBT helps individuals identify irrational beliefs and compulsions to reduce their symptoms.  DBT is helpful for individuals who are unable to identify that their compulsions are based in irrational beliefs as they develop changes in behaviors which help them develop a great awareness.  

Brainspotting helps individual’s gain a deeper understanding of the issues related to their OCD and assists them in processing through the compulsions to reduce them. For any questions or more information please reach out to Serenity Trauma Center or visit our website https://serenitytraumacenter.com/contact/ 

 

References

American Psychiatric Association What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? (psychiatry.org)

The Amen Clinics Do You Have Repetitive, Undesired, or Intrusive Thoughts and Urges? | Amen Clinics 

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