How to Fight Your OCD

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OCD is a psychological disorder that can truly affect a person’s life if they suffer from it. OCD is obsessive-compulsive disorder, which can be over anything from cleaning rooms to switching on and off a light several times before being able to leave or enter a room. OCD is not an easy thing for one to get over, as it can control one’s thoughts and actions strongly. People that struggle with OCD may be able to attempt to fight their disorder with some extreme self-control.

Here are four ways a person may be able to fight their OCD:

1. Ignore the urges

People with OCD have continual urges throughout their life that seem to rule their thoughts and actions 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Yes, telling someone to simply ignore their OCD urges seems impossible and ridiculous, but it may actually work if the effort and determination is more prominent in the person’s mind. Try and ignore whatever thoughts the mind may be screaming within your head and instead focus on something else. It may be helpful to see a therapist in order to get help retraining thoughts to avoid extreme OCD tendencies.

2. Gain a new hobby

Having a daily hobby can help a person ignore their OCD and focus on something other than whatever their OCD makes them do each day. Hobbies can act like therapeutic methods for people suffering with not only OCD, but many other disorders or issues. Hobbies help a person find something enjoyable they want to do and therefore may help them ignore their compulsions for a little while. A hobby will definitely not get rid of OCD, but it may lessen it during the activity.

3. Get the correct treatment

If an OCD sufferer finds that their OCD has taken too much control over their life, it might be time to seek help from a professional psychologist and get the correct treatment for their diagnosis.

OCD is a serious psychological disorder and should definitely be taken seriously and those presumed to have it should certainly seek diagnosis from a professional. People dealing with OCD in their day-to-day lives should know that there are ways to fight the control that OCD seems to have over their life. OCD does not have to rule a person because a person is bigger than their diagnosis.

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Erin Theresa Welsh is a student at Rowan University with a dual major in Writing Arts and Journalism as well as a minor in Psychology. She plans to pursue a career in writing novels and editing manuscripts in her years after college.

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