How can I control my anxiety when I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Anxiety resolves most easily when the person who has it does not try to control it. 

Anxiety itself is a symptom of feeling insecure and imagining control of an action will somehow create a feeling of peace.

Assuming your OCD symptoms are within range to affect only you and not other people directly, then sometimes the awareness of doing a repeated action not because its necessary but because it satisfies your anxiety, creates its own sense of control.

Instead of directly controlling the anxiety you will be handling the OCD situation and this will indirectly calm your anxiety.

If following this advice is not effective, then please don't blame or fault find yourself.  Everyone has their own unique qualities and yours may or may not naturally resonate with what I just wrote.

Then you will feel ready to see if a different approach will give you some relief.  There is almost always more than one answer to a problem!

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

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