scaredviking wrote:I know this post is a couple of weeks old but these thoughts are as you say automatic and disturbing. Here is some truth we all need to accept especially those of us with OCD like me. We dont have control of our thoughts! We may think we do, but we dont. Further more, thoughts dont mean anything about us, who we are, or our outside world. Thoughts just are! I have a particular type of OCD that causes me to have automatic thoughts like the ones you describe but in much more variety. It is the worst feeling.
Think of the analogy of the insistent
car alarm that annoys you while you are trying to read a novel or magazine. No matter
how annoyed you are, you are not going to sit there and say to yourself, “I’m going to
make that alarm turn off and I’m not even going to try to read this until it does.” Rather,
you’re going to do your best to ignore it, work around it. You’re going to put your mind
back where you want it and do your reading as well as you can. You’ll become so
absorbed in what you’re doing that you hardly notice the alarm. So by focusing your
attention on a new task, what would otherwise be extremely annoying and bothersome
can be worked around and ignored.
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