I’ve worked two full weeks now since the end of my Christmas break. It’s amazing how fast the time is going. Christmas was such a great time, having all nine of my grandkids together. It just went too fast.
Anyway, today I’m thinking about a couple of things that some of my clients are dealing with. Both are difficult to manage, for the client and for the therapist.
OCD is a combination of two things: Obsession is what goes on in the brain, and compulsion is the resulting behavior.
Some obsessions have their roots in actual events, usually somewhat traumatic. For instance, someone who gets caught in a stalled elevator may develop obsessive thoughts and fears of any small, enclosed place. Those fears could result in compulsive behaviors such as never going into a building that has elevators; avoiding any enclosed place such as a public bathroom stall; or avoiding any…
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