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As Jenna says, the content of OCD doesn’t matter. I have come to learn this too, and Iknow that to successfully recover from OCD, you have to focus on the thought process,not the content. I am going to try and show this to you through two ways in which OCDran my life over the past […]

Acceptance and Stepping Away From Content in OCD: A Guest Blog by Matt Scoppa

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The Many Roadblocks of OCD and Anxiety In this blog post, we’ll shine a light on the roadblocks that often emerge on the path to recovery. We all know that OCD and anxiety comes with a variety of challenges. We’ll delve into common hurdles such as mental compulsions, lacking foundational understanding, and staying within your […]

Unveiling Common Roadblocks on the Path to OCD and Anxiety Recovery

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Unraveling the Connection Between Obsessions and Rituals Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a challenging mental health condition characterized by distressing obsessions. These obsessions drive the need to perform rituals or compulsions. In this blog, we delve into the intricate relationship between obsessions and rituals. Specifically, we’ll discuss how these behaviors reinforce each other over time. This […]

Breaking the OCD Cycle: How Rituals Reinforce Obsessions Over Time

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The Importance of Ritual Prevention Welcome back to our journey of empowerment, where we delve deeper into the world of OCD and the strategies that can help you get back in control of your life. In this blog post, we’ll explore the profound significance of ritual prevention in overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. By understanding and implementing […]

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A Therapist’s Perspective on How to Break Free Jenna here, OCD and anxiety specialist, ready to dive into the not-so-lovely world of mental compulsions. For those of you who don’t know, mental compulsions are a sneaky part of OCD that can be just as debilitating as their more obvious counterparts. In this blog post, I’m […]

The Secret Life of Mental Compulsions in OCD

Compulsions

Mental compulsions are the mental rituals or strategies that individuals with OCD use to try to neutralize or lessen the anxiety caused by their obsessions.

While some OCD symptoms are obvious, such as excessive hand washing or checking, others are more subtle and difficult to detect. We call these “sneaky rituals.” These are behaviors or mental acts that an individual with OCD may perform in their mind.

Sneaky Rituals in OCD

Compulsions

People with OCD often engage in repetitive behaviors or mental acts, such as counting, praying, or checking, in an effort to reduce the anxiety caused by their obsessive thoughts. Some of these rituals are observable whereas others are non-observable and take place mentally.  However, these compulsions only provide temporary relief and can actually reinforce the cycle of OCD and anxiety in the long term.

Sometimes, this requires a "tough love" approach. Tough love involves being honest and direct with the client, even if it is uncomfortable or difficult.

i need this stat!

A great tool for those with OCD and anxiety OR professionals.  This free PDF will help you identify goals and set them into motion step by step.

"Imagine  Your Recovered Life" instant download PDF

free worksheet