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Comprehensive Treatment for Primarily Obsessional OCD

By Dr. Christian R. Komor
OCD Recovery Center

Part 5: Meditations and Affirmations

Statistics suggest that even with carefully targeted medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy, a substantial percentage of OCD-Spectrum patients do not receive substantial relief from symptoms. It becomes important, then, to develop technologies for long-term self-care and lifestyle management. One such tool is the use of daily meditations.

Meditations and affirmations can serve multiple roles. They can act as reminders of skills that one is developing through the exposure and response prevention behavior therapy process. They can reduce feelings of isolation and hopelessness. They can assist in developing and embracing new perspectives on living without the protection of OCD anxiety reduction behaviors. They can assist in keeping a steady pace in the recovery process.

Here are a few of the affirmations we have found helpful for our clients with OCD-Spectrum disorders. We recommend choosing several and carrying them in a wallet or purse for ready use when OCD strikes.

At the OCD Recovery Center we encourage all OC sufferers to carry with them a "Recovery Card" which summarizes important information about their self-care and practices and procedures that have worked for them in their recovery. A sample outline is included on the following page.

Finally, in recovery from O-OCD is it important to learn to fill the void left by receding obsessions must often be considered a task in itself. When obsessions have taken up a large part of a person's life and consciousness important life areas such as career, relationships, self-image and time management will all have adapted to the presence of the obsessions. It may also be necessary to learn to distinguish between true feelings and obsessive feelings. (Feelings tend to follow from thoughts rather than the other way around. Does the individual really dislike music or is that feeling a result of the obsessive thoughts about music?)

It may be helpful to sit down with a counselor and make a careful examination of each life area and how it has been affected and what positive changes now need to be made in behavior and self-image. Positive self-talk, giving oneself verbal reminders that it is OK to enjoy life in the now, is often a critical part of this process of re-acclimation. Above all, make sure that the individual provides themselves with rewards and positive feedback for any and all progress dealing with obsessions. Remember, obsessions can be very, very strong and powerful. Be kind to the OC sufferer.

Appendix I: Special Instructions for Massed Exposure Exercise >>


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