Many people would describe themselves as “OCD”. In reality, many of us aren’t suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder so much as suffering from obsessive-compulsive worry.

Obsessive-compulsive worry is like a negative spiral. The longer you focus on your anxious thoughts, the deeper you go into them. A hypnotic-like trance is developed by the repetition of these worries.

What’s important to realize is that obsessive-compulsive worriers tend to be very sensitive, intuitive, and bright people who tend to be more aware of what is happening around them then most other people are. This special ability to “pick up” on things can be scary. It can create a continuous state of high stress and internal tension/arousal.

The problem is that the more we spends time in our heads, the less we are connected to our bodies. We end up having “strange feelings and sensations” that scare us even further. Understanding that you possess these special abilities of insight and awareness is critical to understanding that there is nothing wrong with you. You just have to learn to focus and direct your special abilities.

This will take time. It will only happen if you enjoy yourself and your newfound abilities. Take the time to fine tune these abilities and learn where you can go. Changing your obsessive-compulsive worries will require some alternative thinking patterns and life style changes. If you find yourself stuck, a professional is often a good next step as you tackle the pros and cons of this type of anxious worry.

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