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hayli_zer0
33d ago

what should i do to stop ocd from continuing to ruin my favorite things? am i supposed to fight the thoughts or just let it happen? should i stop doing the things i like that ocd is telling me i dont like anymore? for the past year or so i have been terrified that i dont like my favorite things anymore. the main thing is that my brain tells me i dont like my favorite band anymore, and then it transferred to saying i dont like music at all. now its to the point where im scared to like music. i dont really know what to do. i taught myself how to play guitar and piano, and i thought about asking for harmonicas for my birthday in 2 weeks but im scared. music is a big part of my life but im scared of not liking it anymore. what should i do? i am not looking for reassurance but instead i am wanting to know the proper way to deal with these thoughts instead of worrying about them for hours on end

jamieC96
33d ago
Yeah I feel that, lost interest in things I loved, almost got to just force yourself to do it. Worries me about starting work, I wanna be focused and work but OCD may hinder that. I do find doing the 15min call with a therapist can help with venting an they give some good advice.
Lms526
33d ago
Fighting the thoughts only makes them stronger and your OCD worse. ERP really helps. Get a therapist that understands OCD and specializes in ERP.
hayli_zer0
33d ago
thank you i will try!
kyletw_
33d ago
I’ve had very similar experiences, I just started writing music and my brain keeps telling me I’m not good enough for it or trying to suppress the my ideas for music. I haven’t found a way around but I’m just going to continue writing and see what happens
hayli_zer0
33d ago
im sure your music is great, dont let ocd ruin it for you! keep making it and im sure ocd will find something else to attack other than this
Nica
33d ago
You have to continue to do the things you enjoy and continue on with your daily routine as if everything were normal (because it ultimately is). It only makes things worse if we avoid people and items. When you do that, you’re signaling to your brain that you’re scared and it’s reprogramming it into being fearful, and therefore give you MORE intrusive thoughts.
Lms526
33d ago
So true.
hayli_zer0
33d ago
im gonna try doing that. im scared im in too deep at this point tho
Pietra
33d ago
same with the music!! i used to looooove all the types, but now i don't like anymore (??) it's strange in certain way
hayli_zer0
33d ago
its so hard to listen to now :(