Distraction – compulsion or technique?

Distraction is very poorly understood in the context of OCD or other anxiety disorders. Most books or literature on anxiety disorders tout distraction as a way of getting past intrusive thoughts. You get an intrusive thought? Distract yourself by thinking of something...

How do I stop overthinking?

One of the most damning symptoms of mental disorders like anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, etc is overthinking. While on the surface it seems like overthinking may help arrive at solutions on how to beat the problem, it rarely works that way in case of these disorders....

How do I handle OCD without drugs?

This question gets asked repeatedly on Quora, a place where I answer questions on OCD. I thought it was worthwhile converting it into a blog. So here is my answer to it: Firstly, do ascertain if it is OCD. Have you gotten it diagnosed? Have you taken the YBOCS test?...

Reassurance

One of the important reasons why getting over OCD is so difficult despite every effort on part of the sufferer and the therapist is that there are some hidden compulsions that may not get identified. These may not only hamper the process of recovery, but also could...

Modeling

During the course of ERP, a sufferer is asked to manage his anxieties, specifically by doing something that he has been avoiding or by not doing something that he has been don’t repeatedly. For example, if the person has been avoiding touching the washroom door...

What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an insidious mental disorder characterised by the occurrence of highly intrusive and disturbing obsessions (thoughts) that make the sufferer extremely anxious and force him to perform certain actions – either physical, or mental,...