Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no longer is. The future has not yet come. Looking deeply at life as it is in the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom. – Theranama Sutra
Someone who experiences recurrent, distressful repetitive thoughts, often called “obsessions,” or repetitive, ritualized behaviors (ex: washing one’s hands over and over again), often called “compulsions,” is said to have an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. These obsessions or compulsions often significantly interfere with a person’s normal family, social or work routines.
Resisting the obsession or compulsion causes the person to become more and more anxious, so it’s easier to give into the intrusive thoughts or carry out the compulsive behavior. Recognizing the unreasonableness of these thoughts and behaviors only adds to the person’s emotional distress. Whether one resists or gives in, one experiences emotional pain that can negatively impact their functioning in all areas of life.
If you are experiencing distressing, repetitive thoughts or compulsions, please don’t hesitate to contact me for an OCD treatment consultation.