OCD – Obsessive Compulsory Disorder
Feeling a compulsion to do something or to carry out a whole ritual repeatedly in order to feel some level of satisfaction and comfort. No amount of will-power is enough to stop this compulsion and no medicine can treat it.
Medically the cause of OCD is never known, as with many other “mental” disorder. This is because its cause is a traumatic event that is often, but not always, buried down in the unconscious mind.
Any experience can be traumatic to someone, when our mind perceives that we can’t cope with what’s happening. As a result once the event is over, often it is unconsciously repressed (especially if the event took place during our early childhood), or we even make an effort to consciously forget about it, consciously shifting our attention from the intruding thoughts of the event (which are typical of post-traumatic-stress disorder) to more pleasant thought in an effort to get over the experience.
The post-traumatic stress symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares, intruding thoughts, panic, anger, constant worry, IBS etc.) are all ways our mind is trying to draw our attention to the traumatic event in an effort to resolve it. Because the unconscious mind does not recognise the linearity of time (past, present, future) it does not realise that the traumatic event is over and in the past, which is why it keeps trying getting our attention to it. This explains why as soon as we think of the event the physical reactions we get are the same, as strong, as when the event happened, even if it happened years ago! We can safely say that a traumatic event forms a glitch in our mind that is normally very difficult to fix.
The best way to undo OCD is to work with the traumatic event, in a way that the unconscious mind understands that the danger is not present anymore and there is no need for it to try and take control of the situation any longer; however this can be a bit of a lengthy process for someone, that usually stems from a hugely traumatic event that the person rather not bring back to mind, even if it is to work with it and free themselves of it and its consequences forever.
Fortunately we don’t necessarily need to uncover the repressed event, and we can work with the feeling of helplessness of the mind at the time, so it can let go of the rituals to try and control present situations that are actually harmless.
Remember: “Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says I’M POSSIBLE!”