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Gosu123
36d ago

Sometimes I struggle to distinguish between a compulsion and normal thinking/ acts:(

jamieC96
36d ago
Same here, it's stressful.
Lms526
36d ago
The main difference is in your motivation. A compulsion is anything you say or do to relieve your anxiety. They can be physical (handwashing, tapping, checking, counting, searching on Google) or mental (avoidance, what ifs, rumination, replaying something you did or said over and over again in your mind, imagining the worst case scenario, trying to replace the intrusive thought with a positive, distracting yourself, trying to reason or argue with the intrusive thought. Trying to convince yourself the intrusive thought isn't true. Even something like prayer can be a compulsion. Doing a compulsion DOES relieve your anxiety, but its very short lived.
Gosu123
36d ago
But what if the compulsion backfires is that still a compulsion?
Lms526
36d ago
If you are doing it in an attempt to relieve your anxiety, then yes. Anorher big one is seeking reassurance.
Gosu123
35d ago
@Lms526 Hmm sometimes I don’t deliberately do it but then catch myself in the moment and that’s when the confusion comes in