Life with OCD: Try this Activity
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is like waiting for your worst fear to come true while doing anything to try and prevent it from happening. Imagine: Your worst fear. Now imagine what you’d do to prevent that from happening.
I did the following activity at the International OCD Foundation Conference in 2018 to illustrate how OCD takes over the mind. Give it a try:
Set a timer for 1 minute and list as many offensive words as possible. Say out loud what words you wrote down.
What did you notice about your experience? When I did this activity, I looked around to see if anyone else was looking at me, thinking they somehow knew what I had written down. I did not volunteer to share what words were in front of me and I couldn’t wait to get rid of the paper!
What happened for you?
I was in control of what I wrote down and in control of my own participation in the activity. I did not like writing offensive words and I certainly did not say them out loud! As soon as I could, I tore up the paper and threw it out.
People with OCD cannot control their intrusive thoughts, often do no share them with the people they love.
Try this activity. It’s a compassion builder. How long can you go without ripping up your paper?