Signs of Recovery After OCD

If you feel like you might have OCD, good news: it can be effectively treated and managed. The gold standard treatment for OCD is ERP therapy (exposure and response prevention) which helps you break the obsession – compulsion cycle.

What does OCD recovery looks like? Here are some common signs of recovery.

  • Being able to tolerate anxiety without performing compulsions.
  • Uncertainty feel less scary.
  • Resisting the urge to perform compulsions (or at least delaying them).
  • Noticing when something is a compulsion.
  • Letting intrusive thoughts come and go without fixating on them.
  • Responding to scary thoughts with “maybe” instead of arguing with your own thoughts.

What else would you add?


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Patrick Cole says:

    Thank you! The reminder to let our “fixating thoughts come and go” is similar to Thich Nhat Hahn’s saying to treat thoughts like “clouds on a windy day” and they will pass on by. 🙂

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    1. GS says:

      Beautiful. Thank you for sharing this quote, Patrick. It’s a good reminder. If you’re able to let go and start accepting things as they are instead of how you’d like them to be, you’ll find that you’ll suffer less from the problems of stress, emotional ties to the past or future, frustration with others, struggles with loss, and succumbing to fear. By letting go, you’ll set yourself free.

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  2. Get education on the thought process as well as finding replacement information to replace the negative thoughts. It is important to replace the negative thoughts with new ones.

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    1. GS says:

      Ah yes, very important. Three times a day, every day, spend one minute looking around specifically for positives. This helps to retrain your brain, making it look for positives in the same way it looks for negatives.

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