Does CBT Therapy Cure Pure O or Intrusive Thoughts?
Does CBT Therapy Cure Pure O? In short yes, it can help a range of problems including Pure O, OCD and Intrusive thoughts. Let’s look first at what intrusive thoughts actually are.
Intrusive thoughts are unwanted and can be distressing. They might pop up at any time in your head. Even though you might be lying down in bed, cleaning the dishes, driving to work, or sitting on your sofa, these disturbing thoughts or images frequently occur in your head in an upsetting way. There is always a disturbing concern and worry about the future, regardless of whether the ideas are violent or sexual.
Even while intrusive thoughts are a well-known sign of many mental health problems, including depression, PTSD, and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), many people do experience them. 94% of people, according to research, have experienced intrusive thoughts at some point, but this does not necessarily indicate that a person has a mental problem.
A person with OCD will have more troubling intrusive thoughts than someone without OCD, which is what sets them apart from someone who just experiences intrusive thoughts. For instance, if a person with intrusive thoughts is alone and has the bizarre thought of punching a random person they see close by, they will likely just go about their day believing it to be an odd thought. The same intrusive idea would cause anxiety in an OCD sufferer, who would question why they were thinking about it. They are very concerned about the motivation behind their actions.
There are a few things that cause these ideas, like stress and worry. If you want to know if you have intrusive thoughts, here are some symptoms to look out for:
- There are a few things that cause these ideas, like stress and worry. If you want to know if you have intrusive thoughts, here are some symptoms to look out for:
- Your thoughts are odd and very dissimilar from what you often think.
- You are working extremely hard to get rid of your troublesome thoughts from your mind.
- You struggle to regulate your thoughts, and the more you try, the worse it becomes.
It is crucial that you see a mental health expert if you believe you are exhibiting these symptoms. Medication and talking therapy particularly Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT Therapy), are available as effective treatments.
How to Help Pure O and Intrusive Thoughts
When you are having intrusive thoughts or Pure O, there are a few things you can do for yourself:
- Recognize that your thinking is just intrusive in nature and that it differs from how you typically think or believe.
- Don’t attempt to manage the thought. Accept things as they are rather than trying to change them, and it is likely they will go away.
- Try not to criticise yourself. You may feel that you have a problem or that you are a bad person as a result of these ideas but understand that these thoughts can be normal and don’t mean that something is wrong with you.
On the other hand, there are a few things you can practice as well:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Exercise or physical activity
- Deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation
- Reframing negative thoughts
- Writing or talking about thoughts with a trusted friend
- Engaging in hobbies or activities that bring joy
- Challenge the thought’s validity by seeking evidence
- Practice self-compassion
- Distract yourself with a new task or activity
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT Therapy)
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This article was curated by Alistair Bond – Senior CBT Therapist in London. He is the Clinical Director of the CBT Clinic London and he specialises in treating “Pure O” and OCD.
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