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What you write here, about OCD being somewhat physical in nature, reminds me of something my therapist told me in the very beginning when I started treatment for my OCD: "You can't change your thoughts. You can't change your feelings. But you CAN change your behavior." Through mental exertion alone we often can't change what we are thinking about or how we feel about something, but we can change how we react to those thoughts and feelings through our behavior, and your post reminded me of that! For instance, instead of engaging in mental rituals, trying to reassure myself that I washed or washed in the right way, I can read your writing about OCD and comment on it :).

I just discovered this site and your posts by chance today, and I look forward to reading more!

August 11, 2010 - 5:35pm


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