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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Support Group Summary from our Therapist (What is a support group?)

Updated on Oct 27 2010

Imagine that your mind got stuck on a certain thought or image...

Then this thought or image got replayed in your mind over and over again and no matter what you did…


You don’t want these thoughts – it feels like a tidal wave…


Along with the thoughts come intense feelings of anxiety…


Anxiety is your brain’s warning system. When you feel anxious, it feels like you are in danger. Anxiety is an emotion that tells you to respond, react, protect yourself, DO SOMETHING!


On the one hand, you might recognize that the fear doesn’t make sense, doesn’t seem reasonable, yet it still feels very real, intense, and true…


Why would your brain lie?


Why would you have these feelings if they weren’t true?


Feelings don’t lie… Do they?


Unfortunately, if you have OCD, they do lie. If you have OCD, the warning system in your brain is not working correctly. Your brain is telling you that you are in danger when you are not.


When scientists compare pictures of the brains of groups of people with OCD, they can see that some areas of the brain are different than the brains of people who don’t have OCD.


Those tortured with OCD are desperately trying to get away from paralyzing, unending anxiety…

Treatment involves diagnosis from your family physician or psychiatrist who will decide on a course of treatment, involving medication and cognitive behavioral therapy as well as group support. The first step to treatment is the most important one, please do not delay.












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