Sunday, 9 May 2010

Will I ever find the answer?

Is it true that you can help to overcome anxiety and OCD by finding out the cause? I am still waiting to see a psychologist after going to my doctor in November last year. It can take a year! Last week I became frustrated at my anxiety when considering the logistics of various things I have to do. I became obsessed with the details and had to go over and over them. I recognised this as OCD and realised that people without these problems would not even consider these things an issue but they make me anxious. I'm not usually one for thinking "why me" but hey, I'm only human. Why do I have these anxieties and if I can ever discover why then can I work towards putting a stop to them? It remains to be seen for me but it would be useful if anyone else has a knowledge of this being the case.

1 comment:

  1. You don't need to know the cause of your anxiety in order to begin dealing with it. It can be motivating to know the cause--like my anxiety of making a mistake comes in part from assuming as a child that doing things perfectly would make my father love me, and I don't want to perpetuate that as an adult. But the treatment itself will work, even without an understanding of the cause. If you can get ahold of a copy of Jonathan Grayson's book on Freedom from OCD, he describes Exposure and Response Prevention therapy, and how to begin to live the life you want, not what the OCD dictates.