“What will happen if I don’t perform compulsions in OCD?”

Will what I fear come true?

 

The inability to deal with uncertainty is what keeps people in the loop of OCD. You don’t want to risk your fear coming true so you can’t let go. What if it comes true?

You just performed a compulsion. Temporary relief. But you know what else happened – your OCD became stronger. You fed the beast another piece of your life, will and soul. Its grip on you became stronger and you are now back to square one with anxiety consuming your every living moment.

You suffer from OCD. Nothing will happen if you don’t listen to what it says. I repeat. Nothing. Actually…

You will recover. That is really something isn’t it?

If you don’t listen to OCD and refrain from giving it anymore of your time and thoughts it will vanish into thin air and you’ll get your life back. What I am describing in few words is actually a laborious and hard healing process that will take some months but it is worth it to get your life back on track.

Before giving in to OCD again just know that you are feeding it again and that it will never be enough. OCD took a lot from you and you are still giving it more.

Start doing ERP today and cut off the symbiotic chord between you and your obsessive-compulsive disorder. It will hurt you and threaten you. It will skyrocket your anxiety, but your brain will finally understand that there is no danger and no more obsessive thoughts will be sent your way.

I wish you all the best and I know you can do it!


Christiana Mane

The technical explanation of OCD (you MUST understand this in order to heal!)

So why is OCD happening to you? OCD’s fuel is your fear of a certain thing or situation. At some point in your life you have reacted with fear to a certain thought. Out of thousands of thoughts we have on a daily basis, one scared you very badly. You sent a signal to your brain: this is dangerous.

You did this once, twice, many times and your brain learned that that particular thought or theme is a scary thing.

In dangerous situations the fight or flight mechanism is triggered in our bodies with the aim to protect us from anything that is dangerous (a.k.a that creates fear). Your brain doesn’t tell the difference between fear created by a thought or a bear approaching you, it still reacts with the same goal: to protect you and get you away from danger.

In order for you to be protected of what you are afraid of, your mind created the compulsions that OCD makes you engage in and whose role are to alleviate the danger you create by showing fear when faced with certain thoughts. You must view OCD as a learned behaviour not as some chronic condition or chemical imbalance.

It is a chemical imbalance, but it is created by your fear! As soon as you stop reacting with fear to the thoughts OCD sends you, it loses all its power over you. But this is a process, we are humans, we don’t have an ON/OFF switch to our fears. The process of recovery starts when you decide, I emphasize DECIDE, to stop reacting to these thoughts, disregarding them and labelling them as nothing more than OCD acting up.

Very hard task, I know it is no easy job, but as I said before, it is the only way out of OCD. Meds, meditation, supplements…nothing will get you out as effectively as you stopping reaction and bearing the anxiety that comes with this action.

The first few days of stopping reaction will be riddled with terror and anxiety, but at the same time you brain circuits remodel, the fear connection becomes weaker day by day when you refuse reaction and compulsions and soon enough you will be free from OCD. This relates to neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to remodel according to patterns of thinking and behaving.

The OCD recovery process takes 6-10, maybe 20 weeks, depending on how strong and firm you resist the urges. You will have setbacks, but never get discouraged, you are human and you are on the course of getting out of the OCD loop. Cut yourself some slack, but never let OCD dictate to you again.

As weeks go by, OCD thoughts will become rarer, resisting them will become very easy and your recovery will be complete.

You can do it!


Christiana Mane

Is OCD chronic?

OCD is not chronic. Let me start with that and write it in bold letters.

OCD is an actual pattern of thinking and behaving that stems from fear and it is strengthened through daily practice by the sufferer.

Just how you feed your OCD through performing compulsions and reacting to your scary OCD thoughts, you can do the opposite – weaken it and eventually make it go away for good by not reacting to what it tells you.

That’s what ERP is all about. Exposure and response prevention. You must prevent the response of fear not only through your actions, by not performing compulsions, but also in your mind by refusing to let the fear consume you and stand your ground against whatever thoughts come in.

OCD is a hard disorder to beat, no doubt about it, but the good news is recovery is not only possible but very probable if you are determined to get rid of it for good.

If you meet people who tell you OCD is chronic and you must live with OCD forever…these people are not well-informed.

There are so many sufferers who put themselves through the hard work and stress that is OCD recovery and came out to the other side. You can be one of them, you can do it!


Christiana Mane

How should one behave while recovering from OCD

With OCD there comes a set of negative emotions like sadness, numbness, guilt, shame, regret and of course, a lot of anxiety.

While being riddled with this cascade of agonizing feelings and trying your best to resist OCD compulsions you may experience a great deal of stress.

How should one behave and withstand the recovering period?

People will sense and maybe call out your negative emotions, they may question what is wrong. I strongly advise you not to try faking happiness or appear carefree to please anybody around you.

How others see you is not important when you are recovering from OCD. What’s important is how you see yourself.

Don’t add another layer of pressure on yourself by trying to appear a certain way or trying to appease people. Your number one priority is OCD recovery and that is your job. Put yourself first and do the hard mental work that is required in order to heal from OCD forever – and than you will truly be happy, no need to fake it.

You can do it!


Christiana Mane

OCD with physical sensations

OCD can give you thoughts accompanied by physical sensations that reinforce the sense of urgency to perform compulsions. Physical sensations in OCD can make everything seem more real to the sufferer, making ERP more difficult in this situation.

Some physical sensations that OCD can give you include: itching, burning, sharp pain, muscle aches etc. These sensations always come with the OCD thought and consequently with a lot of fear.

It’s very hard to resist the urge, but you must stand your ground against your OCD, be it with physical sensations or without and perform ERP (exposure and response prevention) by resisting reaction and ignoring what OCD is telling you at any given moment. In order for the cycle to break and for you to break free from OCD you must stop showing fear when faced with your OCD thoughts and live your life as if you are already OCD-free.

Don’t be scared of physical sensations, don’t be scared of the brain fog and high anxiety it produces because these are just symptoms of OCD. Refuse reaction and you will be free.

You can do it!


Christiana Mane