Tuesday, February 6, 2018

OCD Disinformation


A person with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) experiences irrational thoughts which create high levels of anxiety. They then engage in compulsive behaviours to gain temporary relief from these anxious feelings.

Wrong.  A high level of anxiety exist in the youth for whatever reason, a behavior reduces that anxiety, and that behavior becomes the compulsion. If the stress remains, obsession, wrong thinking remains, and it becomes a disorder when the non intended consequence become a problem.

I grew up isolated and mostly alone in a rural setting. My social skills were essentially non existent. At that time, we children were taken/sent to school in the spring for a few weeks before starting in grade one in the fall. As a child I was small, and when I went to school the first time, I was picked at. I vowed to grow big and end that, so I started eating, with the idea that if I ate, I would grow big, and could then beat up on my teasers/abusers. By grade one picture, I was obese, and still being picked at/on. The stress remained. The eating was OCD by then. I remained obese, or on a severe diet the remainder of my life, well until now anyway. 

Conventional wisdom holds:   "Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a treatment for OCD that uses two scientifically based techniques to change a person’s behavior and thoughts: exposure and response prevention (ERP) and cognitive therapy. CBT is conducted by a cognitive-behavioral therapist who has special training in treating OCD."  But there is a second treatment that when done is effective, well, as long as one does the treatment and that is the Schwartz method, which is more of a management of the problem method. The problem just keeps coming back, Schwartz is not a cure, but is an effective method of management. In that way, I can die with the issue, but not die of the issue, just as long as I have the motivation to do the method. With food it is not easy, as food is everywhere, and others keep pushing it in front of me. So that explains why I like to be a recluse.

Redirection is a big part of the treatment. We must keep busy doing other things. In the AA twelve step process, they provide many activities to keep on busy, all the while avoiding alcohol. Mind you, their whole program is based on the concept of a god, and some of us find that repulsive, as we know that religions also depend on gods, which there is absolute no evidence of.

So what is the solution? Perhaps to hold the body in a philosophy of stewardship.  We provide for it's needs, not for it's wants and keep it busy. The problem of body's desires, or lack of desire to do is a separate problem. Motivation or more likely, the lack of motivation is a big problem for everybody. Well, in the end we all just die anyway.


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