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Mastering Ocd: The Five Principles & Five Keys
OCD- Self Care Tips
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The Sixteen Keys to OCD Recovery

 
THE SIXTEEN KEYS TO OCD RECOVERY
 

  • First Key: Accurate and Complete Diagnosis

  • Second Key: Information, Education and Understanding Including OC Cycles

  • Third Key:  Assessing History and Damage from Disorder and Grieving Losses
 
  • Fourth Key: Understanding Core Family of Origin Patterns Relative to Disorder
 
  • Fifth Key:  Initiating and Refining Psychoactive and, or Phytomedicinal Medication Support
 
  • Sixth Key:  Conducting Exposure and Response Prevention Based Behavioral Therapy

Mastering Ocd: The Five Principles & Five Keys


THE PROBLEM OF OCD
 
Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders (OCSD) including OCD, Asperger’s Disorder, Tourette’s Disorder, Hypochondriasis, Compulsive Hoarding, Trichotillomania, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder are chronic and often severely handicapping neuropsychological problems.  Studies suggest OCD itself is in part genetically hard-wired into the brain (specifically the cortical-thalamic-striatal pathway within the basal ganglia) at birth, and its activation and expression can be affected by personality factors, life stress, immune system changes, hormonal fluctuations, weather, diet and many other factors.

OCD- Self Care Tips


OCD and its associated disorders are chronic neurobehavioral problems which appear to have genetic origins and learned behavioral components.  While medication and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy can have a significant impact on OCD up to 25% of persons improve very little.  For others, improves comes very slowly and painfully.  With such a difficult disorder, crises and setbacks are normal.  As the person continues in therapy they need to develop self-care behaviors that work for them, remember these behaviors (via journaling) and then repeat them when in crisis.

Points Of Attachment

Note:  This article first appeared the day after the Sandy Hook school shootings.  It is as true today as it was then – except for one small thing.  One of those “disenfranchised” kids I mention below is no longer with us.  He killed himself – with a gun.
 
A short time ago almost two dozen of our children were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The news that day found me at work where, suddenly, the insipid Christmas music droning in the background seemed an intolerable mockery.
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