I have struggled with intrusive thoughts and OCD for a few years now. Whenever I start to worry about something, it quickly becomes this never-ending cycle of obsessive thinking. It makes it hard for me to concentrate on anything else, and it consumes my life.
Initially, I denied that I was dealing with OCD or its symptoms. After all, I was still functioning in normal life, holding down a job and living day-to-day as I normally would. It wasn’t until the thoughts got more intense and started controlling my actions that I realized I needed help.
I found a great therapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With their help, I was able to recognize the moment when intrusive thoughts began to take over; by recognizing that moment, it helped give me back some control over my own mind. With CBT techniques such as exposure response prevention therapy (ERP) and mindfulness meditation, I’m slowly starting to manage my intrusive thoughts better.
It’s been both difficult and rewarding process to learn more about myself and my tendencies when it comes to compulsive behavior surrounding my intrusive thoughts. The biggest lesson has been patience; Rome wasn’t built in a day after all. Having this new insight has helped me become aware of patterns and behaviors since then moving forward that can help me control how much power these thoughts hold over me in the future.