12 thoughts on “OCD FAQ: How do you identify OCD thoughts?

  1. Daniel Walks

    well as it was so intense, I’ve been figuring out what i need to do to
    realise its the compulsion making the obsession an obsession. And
    encouraging all the other symptoms.. Doesn’t matter how many times its
    come back. I don’t go into the process of wanting to search for the ocd
    thought par sei as its so confusing but really feel what you are saying
    here. i guess the urdge is all encompassing.

  2. ackbarfan

    Yet another great video, thanks Mark! Btw, I don’t know if it’s just me,
    but you seem to look “beefier” than usual in this video…Have you been
    working out? Haha!

  3. william crippington

    I got a question.

    I’m doing the Schwartz method for combating OCD and the first step is
    labeling and OCD thought identifying it. So going by what you said am I
    doing wrong? Also my thoughts are OCD because they repeat over and over and
    over they loop so I feel as if I do have to call them for what they are

  4. Jeffrey Wang

    Thanks for promoting your positive messages.

    I believe OCD happens when a life circumstance surpasses the suffer’s
    ability to solve or cope with the situation. Although the principles of CBT
    or ERP clearly provides a way to break the vicious loop, a bottleneck is
    present when the thought involves life-changing circumstances. For example,
    if your work requires you to perform repetition and recall memories often,
    such as the job of a mailman, to remove yourself from those situations or
    intentionally allow anxiety to build up by not providing answers results in
    one of the two consequences: 1). The more I do my job, the less comfortable
    I feel in my own skin because I don’t enjoy it, or 2). If I quit my high
    stress job, I will have to face even more stress without one. So the ERP
    solution to this situation will require the person to not choose either
    response, which basically means no change or get used to the life you don’t
    like.

    What I’m trying to describe here is there are situations where making a
    choice is mandatory. If the solution to recovery from OCD is to never
    provide an answer and accepts uncertainty and all related consequences, how
    is this person going to be able to make any choices in life when required
    to?

  5. Team Awesome Taco Sauce

    Thank you for this video. I have OCD and I’ve been struggling a lot with
    labeling my thoughts. This video really made me sure that I don’t need to
    worry about what thoughts belong to which part of the brain in order to
    recover from OCD. 

  6. xxitalia128

    Hello, I watch all of your videos on YouTube, you’re the best when it comes
    to OCD. I’m currently struggling with OCD, lately I will get a thought
    (even a simple, normal thought) for example to mention a news story to a
    family member or something similar. Then my brain sort of gets stuck on
    that and I feel compelled to ask. But if you don’t ask, it makes you feel
    like you’re avoiding. So it’s a damned if you do or don’t…compulsion or
    avoidance. Or I will get a thought while talking to someone and feel
    compelled to ask a question that I could normally ask anyway. Do you have
    any advice for how to tackle this?

  7. Namami88

    hi mark, i really enjoy watching your videos, ive come to the conclusion
    OCD is wayy more widespread than we realise ! these days im doing lots of
    chanting and meditation and that has really helped…. the thoughts are
    less frequent… still there of course but ive become kinder towards them!
    i figured i need to judge myself less and accept my “flaws” :)

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