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Obsession and obsessive thoughts

Obsession and obsessive thoughts are probably one of the worst symptoms an anxious person can experience. Obsessive thoughts make a person believe (more than any other symptom) that he or she is on a way to madness. A person believes that there is no saving from this situation.

Obsession and obsessive thoughts can turn into so called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A person has some sort of obsession and a compulsion (an action he has to perform in order to become "satisfied" or "calm").

How To Stop Obsessive Thoughts

If you want to learn how to stop obsessive thoughts, the first step involves understanding exactly what's happening to you right now. It's like you're spinning on a hamster wheel. Like a treadmill that just runs in circles without ever getting anywhere.

Why? Because you lack TRACTION. You spin because there's nothing to grab hold of. I know; it's obvious. But it's important to really let it in: you lack traction. That's why you can't stop the obsessive thoughts.

How To Treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

How to treat obsessive compulsive disorder depends on the depth of the problem. The longer the condition has existed, the more difficult and more ingrained it will be. The first step, however, is to identify whether you actually have obsessive compulsive disorder.

We all have certain rituals we apply throughout our day. They can include double checking the locks on your house or car, frequent hand washing, and little quirks like tapping your pencil three times before starting a test.

The Magic of Focus

The mind has this almost magical ability to focus on specific “things” of choice. You may the type person who focuses and magnifies certain events, people or places. You get your mind on something and you just can’t stop thinking about this “thing.” I use the word thing because it covers the entire spectrum of people, places, and events.

Learning How To Overcome Your Obsessive And Fearful Thoughts

It can be tough for people with OCD to have to experience obsessive thoughts that are intrusive, scary, and difficult to manage. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their obsessive and fearful thoughts.

The first thing a person must do is not to dwell or focus on the fear provoking thought when it comes. The more a person tries to reason out the thought or focus on the fear behind the thought, the stronger the thought becomes. The next time you encounter an obsessive thought, get into the practice of not dwelling on it.

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