How to Stop OCD Thoughts
Have you ever experienced this scenario in your life before? As you are leaving your house for work, and as usual, you will ensure that all the lights and fans are being switched off before you leave. You are so sure that everything that is needed to be done has already been done and so you left your house.
However, the moment you reached the bus-stand which is about 10 minutes away, suddenly you felt a very strong doubting feelings about the switches in your house. You have these strong urges that they are not being switched off. As the result, you go back again just to satisfied these doubting feelings of yours.
But when you reached home, you notice that the switches are indeed off, you felt relieved and so you left again. A couple of minutes later, the strong impulses return to your mind and the doubting thoughts re-occur. You felt helpless to resist these doubts and so you go back to your unit again just to satisfied those annoying obsessions. In the end you are trapped in the endless obsessions and as the result you are always late for work. Does these sounds familiar to you? Have you suffered from these obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms before? If yes, then it is time to get your treatment.
The reason why you might have this condition is not because you are ill or going crazy. Obsessive compulsive disorder is not an illness, it is a symptom of a behavioral condition. When your Amygdala is stuck at a higher base line, it will tend to produce false alarm signals to the other part of your body system. When your subconscious mind read this false signals it will start to assess for any possible threats in your environment. In the case of an ocd sufferer, there is no threat or danger present, so the subconscious mind will start to produce the “what ifs thoughts”.
Your mind will start to ask questions such as; “What if the fan was not switched off, I will be wasting a lot of electricity then…” or “What if, I forgot to turn off the water tap, plenty of water will be wasted,” or “What if I have not locked my main door, my house would be broken into” etc.These obsessive and unwanted thoughts are very obstructive and can cause a lot of inconveniences to one’s life.
There are many ways to overcome these obsessive thoughts. Some of the best ways that you could start doing is to understand these facts about ocd: You have to…
Understand the real nature of obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms by reading about other people’s experiences. When you know your enemy, you will never be caught by surprise anymore.
Understand what actually trigger them and how to avoid these triggers.
Understand whole heartedly that all obsessive thoughts that may appear in your mind are TOTALLY FALSE.
Understand that the more you resist the more it will persist.
Understand that, to overcome intrusive thoughts you have to look away from all of its urges or suggestions. The moment you feel the ‘spike’, immediately remind yourself that they are the ocd and if you are going to start givng them the attention, you will be hooked.
Understand that you are bigger and stronger than your ocd symptoms. By having a good understanding about ocd, you will feel more confident about yourself and this will make your quest to overcome them easier.
These are some of the secrets to overcome any obsessive and intrusive thoughts that may be bothering you. The keywords are by understanding their nature and not to resist their advances. If you are experiencing a very strong intrusive images or thoughts, my advice is for you to stay calm. You are the master of your thinking, don’t succumb to false imaginations. Just let the obsessive thoughts come as they like. You are not going to react emotionally instead you will “look” at them with your mind and move on with your life. The moment you can do this, the high anxiety level in your subconscious mind will drop. When this happen, you will no longer feel any effect from all of the intrusive thoughts or images, which means that you are already successful in overcoming them.
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