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Know Your Enemy: Knowledge Is Power In The Fight Against OCD

If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles... if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperilled in every single battle.” Sun Tzu

I mean come on. Chinese military general Sun Tzu might as well have been talking about OCD. Sun Tzu wrote the philosophical war manual Art of War. The above quote is taken from this legendary text, and ‘guide’ book for any one interested in battle strategy. Sun Tzu’s advice is to know your enemy and yourself, if you do you will not get dragged into many battles. If however, you don’t know your enemy or yourself, you will be pulled into battle time after time.

In the context of OCD:

  • Know OCD and yourself = You will have less fights with OCD and symptoms will decrease over time.
  • Don’t know OCD and yourself = OCD will continue to trick you, pulling you into many battles. Causing OCD symptoms to increase.

Knowledge really is power in the fight against OCD. Since I have been researching and blogging in the area of OCD, it never fails to scare me how little a lot of suffers know about OCD. In terms of how it operates, how to reduce it and eventually remove it. I’m more than happy to answer any questions. My recovery however has been propelled by asking some questions, but mainly through my own reading and consuming content such as videos and podcasts.

Know Your Enemy OCD

Therapy is important, no doubt. But self-education is the added ammo in your fight. When I knew I couldn’t handle OCD any more in its’ current strength, I made a commitment to get better. I put my recovery first, and went about reading as much information as I could, whether that be through books, online articles or academic journals. I hit up YouTube to consume as much content as possible and started following an OCD podcast. As you start to consume content you will naturally narrow your focus and what you search for. Most of what I searched for was recovery based. As it was solutions I needed not more information on what I was suffering with – although this was initially important.

Below are some good resources to get you started, but above all I hope I’ve inspired you to know your enemy, as when you do this you will more easily spot when OCD is attacking you. You can then strategically out manoeuvre it. Over time it will become second nature.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) a.k.a. mindfulness

The Happiness Trap (Great for self-therapy) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Happiness-Trap-Based-revolutionary-mindfulness-based/dp/184529825X/

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Break Free From OCD (This has a good overview of the different types of OCD) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Break-Free-OCD-Overcoming-Compulsive/dp/0091939690/

Cognitive Biobehavioral Therapy

Brain Lock (Great for self-therapy) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brain-Lock-Yourself-Obsessive-Compulsive-Behavior/dp/0060987111/

Exposure and Response Therapy (ERP)

Daring To Challenge OCD - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daring-Challenge-OCD-Treatment-Prevention/dp/160882859X/

How nutrition affects mental health

The Ultramind Solution - http://www.amazon.co.uk/UltraMind-Solution-Broken-Brain-Healing/dp/1416549722/#

Videos

Mark Freeman has created a ‘Beat OCD’ playlist on YouTube. Some very good advice: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2ADA7A35723646F6

If you need any advice please get in touch 🙂

To your successful recovery,

Stu

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