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The one thing most people dislike about OCD is the “OCD thoughts”. These can be any images or ideas that just appear in your mind for no reason, which sets off unwanted anxiety. Thoughts like hurting someone, acting or going crazy. When these thoughts appear, the best way to not to avoid them. Face the fear, write it all down so you can go back to it at a later time. Exposure is the best way to tackle this problem.
I had a thought that every time I was driving and hit a speed bump, I would panic and think that I might of ran over somebody. If I didn’t go back to check, I would be charged with hit and run, thrown into jail. Never to see the sunset, and I would go on from here. To avoid that terrible situation, I would u-turn and go back to check and make sure nobody was hit. In the mind of the OCDer this is normal.
The right way to deal with this is to keep on driving. Never go back and check,(compulsion). I know it’s not that simple, but you have to try. This has taken me years before I could not go back. I would not be able to sleep and worry about this for days. I would even watch the news to see if there was a story about a hit and run.
How did I beat this?
I will explain in my next posting