Four Steps, Treatment of OCD

Four Steps of Connitive Behavioral Self-Treatment of OCD

Relabel:     recognize that the intrusive obsessive thoughts and urges are the result of OCD

Reattribute:     Realize that the intensity and intrusiveness of the thought or urge is caused by OCD; it is probably related to a biochemical imbalance in the brain.

Refocus:     Work around the OCD thoughts by focusing your attention on something else, at least for a few minutes: Do another behavior.

Revalue:     Do not take the OCD thought at face value.  It is not significant in itself.



In the storm

messing  Mental illness can strike at any time in a multitude of ways.  I have been studding Schitsopherena lately.  All the labels that they have these day’s seem so blurred.  but there are quite a few things that relate.  It is just nice to have a legand everyone looks at that leg and feels bad and you do you best to work around this disability.  Mental is different, Nothing is wrong, Except that you take four more of ativan to get to sleep at night.  Your world is rocked.  only through God’s grace there hope.

In the midst of Depression/Anxiety/OCD

What does one do to explain what it is like to live with Depression/Anxiety/OCD?  Most in the world believe that is something to be easily overcome.  or at least it is possible to overcome.  What is the difference between this and the reality that often it takes taking an Ativan to be able to cope.  I often find myself with so much on my mind to accomplish and yet I catch myself staring at the walls, or just sitting and not doing anything.  Of course this makes things all the worse because now I look at the day as a waste of time that nothing got done.  and so on…

The feelings inside of me are as if I were physically paralyzed.  I know that I can move, but it is pretty hard to make it happen.

Depression…   Feeling overwhelmed with life, Down, negative thinking, Nothing looks as if things will get better, but the world is closing in.  severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of timeand accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.• Medicine a condition of mental disturbance characterized by suchfeelings to a greater degree than seems warranted by the external circumstances, typically with lack of energy and difficulty inmaintaining concentration or interest in life : clinical depression.

Anxiety…  a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminentevent or something with an uncertain outcome : he felt a surge of anxiety with infinitive desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease Psychiatry a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.

OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder…  Obsessive thoughts that come at random

To Be continued

Real Issues OCD

What does a man really think who has the diagnosis of Mentally Handicapped?  Well… when a girl talks about pms, you could say that generally each day is filled with the roller coaster of emotions.  As I realized today that even-though I use a Mac computer, it still can have the effect that when you open ever application that is on the computer sooner or later it tends to wig out and function spastically.  The last two day’s for me have been like that.  I have recently had several good weeks.  Not great or awful, but stable, and consistent.  I found out at church this week that I will be taking over the sound and having that part of the ministry there which is exciting to me, but I also have been quite busy with Preschool and the board I’m on wanting to do a good job, and my daughter just started 1st grade amongst a ton of things going on in our personal lives, church lives, work, etc.  this couldn’t be a more exciting time in my life seeing what all God is doing.  But in the course of time, I have too many apps open, I haven’t been able to close them and while in Costco, I froze in meltdown status.  I had to take the time to refocus my life on Jesus, and not allow my brain to go down the worthless, pointless, overwhelm, category.  It’s easy to think of all ending, life coming to a literal halt, but not allowing that and to focus my realization on the Christ child, the God who holds me tight and calls me Son.  I almost failed today and gave up, but I pressed on.  what most think is that this is something that is always hard but not debilitating.  Well yesterday I did sleep and my wife took over.  I’s hard to accept the pain and not feel shameful that I am not the man of this family.  But I am. and not allowing anything but the truth.  Just as with a physical disability, Mental is no different, it is just one that’s on the inside and can manifest on the outside, but most people don’t see that, it is made up or get over it.  These things are not ok.  We need love and acceptance and understanding and the encouragement to move forward.  To take the little successes and move from apathy to wholeness and wellness that only can happen through knowing who you are in Christ.