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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The following videos are very helpful in understanding what intrusive thoughts are. Intrusive thoughts are present in anxiety, depression, and trauma. Whether you have OCD or not, these videos are highly informative. 
Regarding OCD: The nuts and bolts of OCD include experiencing intrusive thoughts that are relentless (obsessive), and experiencing the urge to engage in a mental or physical act to alleviate the anxiety produced as a result of the intrusive thought. A bulk of compulsions are actually mental acts, which include reassuring yourself that the intrusive thought will not come true, or neutralizing the intrusive thoughts via compulsive praying, etc. 

Tools listed in these videos address your relationship with the intrusive thought, specifically acceptance that the thought exists, allowing the thought to exist, and choosing to not feed into the thought. 

This section is actively being updated for more information.


Before processing trauma, it is important to first ground yourself in the present.
We do not want to reinforce the neurocircuitry of trauma.
We are actively making efforts to re-wire our brains and re-train our nervous system.
Usually with individuals that have experienced trauma, the nervous system is either over-activated/hyperaroused or under-activated/shut-down or dissociated.
These states of arousal were necessary at the time when the trauma occurred; however, not necessary now that you hopefully are no longer in the dangerous and unsafe environment .
Use these videos to learn how to stay present and regulate your nervous system.
You are actively sending a message to your body that you are safe now. Please practice these exercises daily, so that these tools may be available for you when needed throughout the day. 
You will have more success if you practice these tools on a daily basis vs only trying to use them when you are experiencing a state of panic or shut-down. 


Nonviolent Communication is a communication approach pioneered by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg

 It is seen as a powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional, and political levels.