I found this very helpful: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7an640SEH9SxrA8sdnc5ZK?si=c7URWTa_SWuoiWrbEF9p7g&dl_branch=1 Look into The OCD Stories Podcast: Dr. Michael Greenberg -Rumination is a Compulsion
Yes! And we must try our best to avoid compulsions!
Thanks, I’ll take a listen!
I know it’s hard—I always get caught in the web of my mind🕸—but: I try to realize when I’m ruminating; I tell myself that whatever answer im looking for doesnt exist because OCD is never satisfied and whatever “answer” you come to will have OCD wanting you to ruminate about further questions; and I “take the risk” in trusting myself that the only way to stop the rumination is to STOP IT. leave it unanswered! Leave it uncertain! Leave it incomplete! Leave it there NOT figured out. It will be uncomfortable, but the more you remain in the uncomfort without doing anything to “fix it” - the quicker the urgency of the OCD rumination rabbit hole goes away, leading to the end of your rumination without you even knowing it! 🧡 hope this helps. Not a doctor! Just someone like u xo.
Thank you so much!
It's extremely hard for me to stop mental rituals. I find a major trigger for me is when studying I get really anxious because I'm taking my attention off of my OCD. I suppose that deep conversation with others is one of the only things that can at least partially reduce the little voice screaming in my head that something isn't right even though I know everything is fine.
I feel the same way- if my mind is not completely occupied I am ruminating