OCD Rumination

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OCD Rumination: The Thinking That Keeps Us Stuck If you have OCD, you are probably familiar with the term “rumination.” Rumination is a type of intrusive thought common in people with OCD. This type of thinking can be very draining and significantly impact your quality of life. This blog post will discuss rumination OCD in…

The article has a good point on the difference between rumination and intrusive thoughts. The inability to stop thinking about specific events is highly frustrating.

I have a few embarrassing memories and certain insecurities that I think about a lot. More or less, that’s all. I am curious to know what other people ruminate about.

I can be literary everything. For some reason, some events stay in my mind longer than other events without some logical explanation.

Yeah, same here. It would have been amazing if there was a device that could erase those events from my mind. Maybe hypnosis or something like that will help? :smile:

I will not recommend hypnotherapy for dealing with whatever sort of problem. The risk of eventually creating more false memories in your mind is too high from my perspective.

In terms of hypnotherapy, I think that it depends on the specialist you go to. Some of them a highly professional and will not interfere with your consciousness in any way. They will guide you to find the root of your problem and deal with it.

I am naturally overly cautious and always fear giving myself or my body to someone. Especially when I am not in control of the situation. Anyway, I see your point, and some individuals probably find those hypnosis therapies helpful.

Alright, I am not going to hypnosis then. I just need to stop thinking about random people, situations that happened, situations that are possible to happen, and everything in between. How do I do that?

You need more stress in your life. :sweat_smile: When I am stressed, I can’t think of other things apart from solving my problems. Otherwise, therapy must help you too.

Oh no, I can’t tolerate much stress at all. I freeze without reacting, and things get even worse. If you meant that I should keep busy, that’s another thing. :grinning:

Well, for me keeping busy is equivalent to stress. :joy: I don’t understand how some people can be busy all day and work +10 hours per day plus dealing with other stuff and not be stressed.

I think most people with OCD can’t keep busy for a long time, but with me is different. I can work long hours and be somewhat concentrated all the time, but usually, I don’t want to do it. I guess I should be glad that I can do it, at least.

I cant imagine doing that even for a couple of days. You should definitely be glad about having the ability to concentrate for that long and do the job. What was your OCD type?

I suffer from hyperawareness OCD, and as long as I am not disturbed by some loud irritating noise, I am pretty concentrated. I always make sure I have my noise-canceling headphones around me to help myself in case of noise. Sometimes it doesn’t work, though.

If you use good noise-canceling headphones, most of the noise is gone. However, if you’re that sensitive to it, I understand that, in some cases, the headphones will not help much.

I can assume you don’t have hyperawareness OCD cause you will know what I am talking about. I believe that there are no headphones that can mute all of the background noise. However, I came up with another idea. I started using anatomic earplugs, and then I put noise canceling headphones over my ears which does the job almost perfectly.

You make yourself noise bulletproof, haha. Please don’t walk like this on the street. Someone or something might hit you. How long can you wear all of those noise-canceling items without taking them off?

Unfortunately, you are right cause it almost happened a few times. It’s difficult to resist not taking them off when I can practically enjoy almost no sound. I can wear them for many hours without taking them all off.