Recognising YOUR OCD Thoughts

One of the biggest steps to recovering from OCD and dis arming OCD is recognising your OCD’s topic. When you have OCD your fears, thoughts and compulsions usually stem from a particular topic, wether it be harm, contamination or relationships etc to start recovering from OCD you have to learn what this topic is and how it comes into your mind, so you can then recognise these thoughts and feelings as OCD and label them exactly that so you can work on refocusing on anything but that topic. It’s not easy to recognise OCD when your brain is so busy with thoughts and doubt, and then you doubt its OCD which leads you to give in to your OCD and complete compulsions and ruminate over and over your thoughts and feelings!


 When I went to intensive therapy I learned  a lot of my thoughts come in as questions about my particular worry ‘What if?’ ‘Could I?’ ‘Do I want to?’ ‘Am I?’ and before this I just thought that was me trying to work everything out, but my OCD makes me feel like I have to answer these questions and if I can’t there is something wrong with me and that I need to find an answer because without it how will I ever know I’m not bad, this is a compulsion. I now know any question, thought, image, urge to do with my topic of OCD, I have to ignore and immediately label it OCD and try refocus my attention on anything but what I’m experiencing anxiety over.



Once you know your triggers, don’t question if its OCD, 99.9% of the time it will be, OCD might kick you and try to get your attention by giving you more anxiety and making you feel like you have to answer the questions in your head or you have to do the compulsion but you have to be smarter than OCD.  You have to trust your knowledge, which can be very hard because of the doubt OCD creates, but when you can  trust yourself and your therapist, you will notice the better you get at recognising OCD the easier it becomes and eventually it will be second nature to do so!

When I was facing this problem I had to just trust myself and think ‘from now on until my OCD isn’t so strong I’m going to have to trust that ANYTHING to do with my OCD topic is OCD, no matter what the question, thought, feeling or urge is, if its to with my particular fears, I have to label it as OCD’ . I am getting so much better at it, I do sometimes get lost in my head and caught up in OCD’s traps, but each day I feel like I am becoming stronger than OCD. When you become an expert on your own OCD it becomes easier to fight it and you no longer fear this awful disorder your suffering with.


Its hard but with the right help and knowledge on OCD you can do it, I am doing it and if I can you can too, I belive in you. Become an expert on your OCD and be mindful of what your OCD involves and how it comes into your head and by mindful I mean just be aware of your thoughts and feelings but don’t think into them and get lost in them.


Check out my other OCD, Anxiety and Depression posts to read more about my experience with OCD and tips on recovering from OCD!

Stay Strong ?

Anna x


  1. March 19, 2014 / 6:28 am

    At this time I am going to do my breakfast, once having my breakfast coming again to read other

    • March 19, 2014 / 8:57 am

      Aw thank you, glad your enjoying my posts! Xx

  2. stupaxton
    February 4, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Thank you, I am in the same boat with OCD and your words are a real help. 🙂

    • February 4, 2016 / 9:40 am

      Aww thank you, I’m so glad they help, I hope your brain starts to be kind to you! x

  3. David Zhang
    April 5, 2016 / 3:29 am

    Hi Anna,

    I can totally relate to what you are feeling.
    As an OCD sufferer, I have the tendency to check my stove, door and the water tap 10, 20 times by performing certain rituals and compulsions, sometimes even as exaggerating as ensuring that the Wi-Fi on my phone is turned off!
    I think sometimes the easiest way is just to say ” Fuck you ocd, fuck it” “If the door is unlocked so be it, if the stove is not off and the whole house burn down, so be it”
    Life will be much brighter this way haha.
    At least thats how I deal with it. You should give it a try!

    Best Regards,
    David Zhang

    • April 5, 2016 / 8:18 am

      Hey, I’m glad you could relate to my post! I think I am like that now and do think this way but I think you have to be at a
      Certain stage with your OCD to be able to just fuck it, when I was really in the grips of it and it was taking over my life it was impossible to do that but when you get and learn more about OCD that sort of thing becomes easier the more you do it! But I agree laughing at OCD and acting as if you don’t care is a way to disarm it as without fear OCD can’t survive! Xxx

  4. Cassie
    May 31, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    I would love to chat, i am having a bit of difficult time right now,

    • July 4, 2016 / 11:30 am

      I’m so sorry I have only just seen this, are you still struggling?

  5. December 25, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Thank you for sharing whats worked for you Anna- it is really helpful for me too! Its a matter of recognising and being brave to say ‘Im not going to listen to this’!

    • January 4, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Thank you, I am glad you liked it!

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