Managing OCD with CBT: Putting ‘Pulling Yourself Together’ into Perspective

Part of Managing OCD with CBT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before you can begin to manage your OCD with CBT, you first need to understand a few things about OCD. Research indicates that OCD is a problem connected to a number of different aspects your psychology:

  • Your emotional system, including fear, guilt, shame, disgust and depression.

  • Your memories.

  • Your habit system; all too soon, avoidance and compulsions become second nature.

  • Your mind’s natural tendency to err on the safe side to protect you from harm.

  • Your natural instinct to protect the people you care about or see as vulnerable.

  • Your natural human tendency to seek relief from discomfort. When your behaviour produces a reduction in discomfort, even if only in the short-term, that action is reinforced (and therefore more likely to be repeated).

This psychological mooring is why you can’t simply ‘pull yourself together’. Your mind has a nasty problem you need to help it recover from. So be kind, appropriately firm and persistent as you help rehabilitate your mind and get it fit and flexible again.