Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive thoughts can force people to react in ways that they know aren’t logical. Part of the frustration and even torment of OCD is that the person is compelled to carry out certain rituals or behaviours in order to ensure that something dreadful doesn’t happen. For instance, a classic OCD trait is to wash many, many times to offset the prospect of dying from disease caused by germs. That might involve washing the iPad screen many times a day because there is an obsessive – in the sense of absolutely stuck and seemingly immovable – thought that suggests that if you don’t disinfect and wash that iPad, you and your family will contract a dreadful disease and you may die as a result.

At this stage, I’d like to introduce to you the person who has been (literally) a godsend for me and my clients. I refer to Dr Jeffrey Schwartz MD. He’s the author of Brain Lock as well as his more recent book You Are NOT Your Brain. If you or someone you know has Obsessive compulsive disorder, please spend about half an hour watching this video. It explains very clearly how you can enlist the aid of your attentive mind to release yourself from any habit, including habits of OCD. I saw Dr Schwartz speak in Melbourne last year and I am so glad I did. Go to his website and if he’s coming to Australia again, make sure you get to see him.

Dr Jeffrey Schwartz talking about You Are Not Your Brain