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Helping With Intrusive Thoughts

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Old 07-29-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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Smile Helping With Intrusive Thoughts

I know I've said this before to some people, but I'll write it all down again. It might not help, but it's worth a shot.

1. Thought-Stopping
When an intrusive thought takes place, imediantely imagine a big stop-sign with the word STOP! on it.

2. Rubber-Band Method
Wear a rubber-band on your wrist. When an intrusive thought occurs, snap the rubber band.

You could also try a combination of these two. Anything that might help you out!
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:57 AM   #2
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Re: Helping With Intrusive Thoughts

Thanks so much! I Think I'm gonna try this!!

Old 08-09-2012, 01:19 PM   #3
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Re: Helping With Intrusive Thoughts

Please keep in mind that these strategies are still compulsions. Having experienced moderate to severe OCD symptoms, I agree that snapping a rubber band may help alleviate the urge to ritualize about powerful obsessions or intrusive thoughts. But in the end, snapping a rubber band or thinking about other things while intrusive thoughts present themselves is still a compulsion, since it is an attempt to compensate for OCD symptoms. In my opinion, someone with OCD should do their very best not to obsess or ritualize, and seek self-treatment options or professional help.

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