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How do I overcome OCD?


The right question is not ‘how do I get over OCD?’ so much as it is ‘in what sort of context is my OCD an asset, as opposed to a liability?’ People with OCD are capable of intense thought and prolonged concentration. They are able to be mindful of details without losing sight of the big picture. Their ‘cognitive wiring’ is capable of being an enormous asset. At the same time, in some contexts, that same cognitive wiring—that same intellectual acuity and emotional sensitivity—-may be liability. In contexts, in which the obsessive-compulsive is being subjected to extreme and untoward emotional pressures, his finely tuned psyche and hyper-responsiveness may result in his defensively withdrawing behind a veil of obsessions and compulsions, the ultimate purpose of which is to insulate him from a threatening and toxic external reality. There are thus two components to dealing with OCD: (i) Identifying contexts in which one’s OCD is a strength, as opposed to a weakness and (ii) taking advantage of such contexts to build up one’s self-confidence so that, in adverse contexts, one does not become fearful and withdraw into a protective (but dangerously self-limiting) cloud of obsessions and compulsions.

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