By: Stan Popovich
Many people who have OCD sometimes get caught up in a vicious OCD Cycle. Usually an event that causes the person a lot of anxiety (also known as the trigger) will start the cycle and the person will try to do something to get rid of the worrisome event. Doing something to relieve the anxiety will actually lead to more fear and worry which in return has the person repeating the event over and over again. This is known as the OCD Cycle
For instance, A person with OCD as a fear of germs which causes a lot of worry and fear. He or she will think that by washing their hands the fear will go away. The person will wash his hands however this will lead to more fear and anxiety. So the person washes his hands again to get rid of the fear. Washing his hands again leads to more fear and worry and so the person washes his hands again which produces more fear and so on and so on. This is known as the OCD cycle in which the person is not able to get out of.
There are a few ways to break this OCD Cycle. The first step is to realize what is happening and to go see a professional counselor. A counselor will be able to give you advice on how to break out of this vicious cycle.
Another way is to disrupt your negative thought patterns that are driving this cycle. When you get that negative thought about your hands getting dirty, try to read some positive statements that will counter your negative thinking. Read these positive statements and your negative thoughts will start to go away. Tell yourself that your OCD thoughts are wrong and not to listen to them.
Another way is to take deep breathes to help calm yourself down. If a person can stay calm the fear and anxiety behind the cycle will start to fade away.
Get the facts of your current situation. Your OCD and worrisome thoughts are driving the OCD Cycle. If you can learn the facts of your situation, this might help stop this cycle. For instance washing your hands once is sufficient instead of washing your hands 10 times every hour of the day. Remind yourself of this fact when you get caught up in this vicious cycle.
Finally determine the fear behind your thoughts that are driving this vicious cycle. If you know what the fear is then try to find ways that will prove your fears wrong. The key is if you can manage the fear behind your OCD thoughts, it becomes easier to get out of the OCD cycle.
Finally write down the OCD cycle your experiencing on a piece of paper. Visualizing the cycle on paper will help gain a better perspective of what is going in your head and thinking processes These are some ideas on how to break free of the OCD Cycle, however the most important thing is to talk to a counselor who can give you additional advice.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. Stan‘s book is very popular with 100’s of Book Reviews and counting. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/