I very very frequently try to "stage manage" my life: Oh, what if I schedule that meeting for next week and the people are sick. Maybe I should try to make the meeting be by phone instead. Or maybe try to get it over with today. Or maybe I can call them and see if they sound sick before scheduling.
Exhausting, not all that useful, and certainly not good for getting over OCD. Twice this week I almost did that and then stopped myself. First was a meeting at work. I simply replied, by email, "whenever is best for you is fine for me."
Second thing was donating money for a friend's wedding present. I first starting thinking about germs I might be exposed to if the organizer had a card for me to sign. But I just got up anyway and dropped off my money at the most logical time to do it.
If I can start doing this on a regular basis, simply letting life happen as it happens, this will be a HUGE step forward.
Brain-Circuit-Based Therapies for OCD
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