It's Cracked, so there's a few dick jokes in there for levity.
I do not have OCD, nor do my intrusive thoughts involve hurting other people. Still, having logged plenty of man-hours wrestling down intrusive thoughts of harm to myself, this article and the comments were not only interesting, but seriously useful.
Also brought up in the article, co-morbidity (i.e - presenting with multiple illnesses), as I've been - despite my chagrin, correctly - re-diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. (You had it right, Matrixx!)
Treatment lays mostly in learning how to redirect your thoughts and feelings v.s your actions. Really good things to add to the treatment I'm already on. I am not unaware of these concepts, but it's like I totally forgot
Thus the whole HOLYSHIT THESE COMMENTS!!!
*****"The brain does not register negatives; it only processes the action associated with the negative. If, instead of saying, "don't think that," you say, "think this instead," you can weaken the neuronal connections responsible for the OCD and strengthen others at your will."
"You are not your thoughts; you are your reaction to them."
"It's not necessarily the thought that is the problem, it's how much meaning and weight we ascribe to it that can cause anxiety or worsening intrusive thoughts."
"That is what obsession is. The never ending stream of thoughts, good or bad.
The ones you notice, quite simply, are the ones that trigger anxiety. You zero in on them, instead of pushing them aside. You will examine every single instance of behavior or cognition that might relate to that particular thought in an attempt to find an answer because that seems like the only way to make it go away.
But here's the thing. f**k the thoughts. They will not go away. What you can control, however, is your emotional response. How you do that is up to you. But what you have to do is find a way to tackle the anxiety because beyond a point the deconstruction going on in your head will cross into the absurd and that, my friend, is where madness lies."
"She [my therapist] made the analogy of a wheel moving back and forth until it created a rut which it couldn't get out of."
"If you keep performing the ritual, you reinforce the belief that the ritual is preventing catastrophe, instead of teaching yourself that nothing bad will happen if you don't do it.
All this on a day when my therapist asked me what life would be like without Nightmare Week. "I don't know,
" I replied casually. "They're nightmares. They come and go as they please. I can't choose what I dream.
She suggested that it was possible to remove the nightmares, to wiggle free from this last bit of PTSD.
I call bullshit....but the idea is intriguing. So okay, Miss Therapist, let's see what you've got to suggest and I'll give it my best shot. Worst case scenario? I still have nightmares but have learned a few tricks to deal with my thoughts in a healthy, non-destructive manner.
**NOTE FOR SELF: Also must look up term "neural plasticity"
, as my therapist put it. It might apply.
*Also must find ways to work some dick jokes into all this.