In the world of mental health disorders like OCD, anxiety, and depression plague a huge part of the world population. Due to the commodity of these disorders, they have become the most studied and most successfully treated mental health issues. Usually psychiatrists will prescribe medication to help combat negative and unwanted thoughts, but how do we beat our obsession and obsessive behaviors? Here are some tips on how you can manage your OCD and keep depression at bay.
- First, it is important to understand that most mental health disorders often bleed together. For instance, it is very common for those diagnosed OCD to develop severe anxiety and depression. OCD is often described as the doubter’s disease. The persistent and unwanted negative thoughts can become very overbearing and difficult to handle. So, the first step is to identify the things that scare us or hold us back. Sometime this is as simple as accepting you need help.
- Next, don’t push away the unwanted thoughts away. Take a stance and think about it, you don’t need to accept the thoughts but studies show that thinking a thought through is a better way to forget about it than pushing it back only to come again.
- Try to put emphasize on postponing your daily rituals and face your fears. Pick up a different hobby or try something a little outside your comfort zone. Obsessive thoughts and behaviors always include the idea that you need to do something about the compulsions, or they will continually plague you. This is not entirely true as, like anything else, the more involved you are in activities, the less these obsessions will bother you.
- Lastly, exposing yourself to these thoughts and compulsions will help you keep a balance mentally. Practice writing them down, record them on your phone, or make a little post note.
Those are only some ways you can combat OCD. It can be very difficult and overwhelming so, if you feel like you need extra help do not be afraid to reach out to a mental health specialist.