It can look like still waters on the outside while a hurricane is swirling in your mind.
— Marcie Barber Phares
Picture standing in a room filled with flies and pouring a bottle of syrup over yourself. The flies constantly swarm about you, buzzing around your head and in your face. You swat and swat, but they keep coming. The flies are like obsessional thoughts — you can’t stop them, you just have to fend them off. The swatting is like compulsions — you can’t resist the urge to do it, even though you know it won’t really keep the flies at bay more than for a brief moment.
— Cheryl Little Sutton
All behavioral or mood disorders – including depression, OCD, ADHD and addiction – have some neurochemical components, but sufferers can still work to overcome them.
– Jeffrey Kluger
The thoughts are not you and the scenario they present is not real.
As regards OCD, we often talk that it is like having 2 brains:
- a “normal brain”
- an OCD brain (we are encouraged to think about OCD as a separate entity)
( Read more : You Are Not Your Thoughts | International OCD Foundation )
It is worth pointing here that thoughts of people with OCD are often in opposition to them.
( Read more: You Are Not Your Thoughts – psychcentral.com )
Don’t believe the guilt. It’s only a byproduct of OCD.
OCD thoughts are not the problem. Your choice to take them seriously is the problem.
For me, it’s an ever-present nagging feeling that something is just ‘not right.’ I can never really, truly ‘make it right.’ I have to learn to live with the all-consuming feeling of mental discomfort.
— Laura McCarthy
if you are going through an OCD spike, allow it to pass, don’t force it to leave. Give no energy towards it!
Don’t try to figure out an OCD question. Accept the uncertainty.
With OCD, the more you seek the answer the more questions will arise.
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
Fear is what stops you. Courage is what keeps you going.
I am in charge of how I feel and today I choose happiness.
Recovery takes time. Don’t get discouraged.