(6th ) Article on Compulsions in Mental Health: (Chapter No.06):

We actually like it but like this is a thing that helps me do things i want to do in life quickly. That's when we start to recognize that it is difficult to do something without it. But it's the thing we would probably tell somebody. Well that's like, that's just my personality or that's just the way I am or that's a you know that's the thing i like to do. We see it we see it as a quirk in ourselves. Like again, we don't see it as a problem. We like it but we started to recognize it. I can't do this one thing unless, I have this other thing. I don't like to do it, without it and then, when it's clinical that's where it's become  a very obvious real banner or a barrier.

 So, when it's clinical-like, I'm spending all my time and energy doing something that I do not want to do, it really is kind of messing me up and there's a lot of things that I'm now avoiding. Because I've got to spend all of this time doing this thing or when I want to do things that I actually care about in life. This feeling of uncertainty these compulsions make it impossible. We've got to catch this when it's normal. Like the pattern begins at normal, so look at this example up here. So, start with the clinical one because that's usually unfortunately because we still take this illness first approach. Usually, we don't talk about this stuff or look into it until we're at the clinical one.

 So, somebody might say, here's a common mental compulsion. We're back to the depersonalization de-realization that exists. What some people may call existential OCD. It's ellipsism obsessing about, whether the world and you are real. Suddenly, I'm doing all of this, checking to see, if I feel real. What feels real maybe, I'm doing lots of controlling too. Because I found like, I need to go and do grounding exercises. So, I feel real before, I go and do something spending tons of time thinking about this. You know thinking no like if things aren't really like then nothing matters and what does that mean and all of that kind of stuff. So, at that point and we might notice, okay I'm avoiding things, I'm making, I'm keeping myself up at night. I can't sleep, it's become a clinical issue but right away the thing, I would always ask somebody. If somebody was bringing up that I would ask them, what are other things in your life that you see as normal that you need to get right, that you need to control.

So, an example would be needing the right music to work out that this if this person would be like, I don't would get frustrated, like if, I walked into the gym and they were playing a particular type of music. I wouldn't be able to, I wouldn't want to work out. I would get so frustrated, I would be so judgmental of the people listening to that and so maybe that person always has to make sure, they have their headphones and if they showed up to the gym without their headphones. They wouldn't work out or they know even if they know they have a playlist going or something like that when the wrong song comes up. They're about to do an exercise and the wrong songs up. They've got to flip it right away, I see some people identifying with that really common compulsion.

 I always throw out there because it's one, we often do see as normal but also it falls into that quirky category. Like that person is starting to get the point, where they're like, I need to I move on. I've got to control this, so it's starting to interfere but they might also introduce it to somebody else. I just you know the right music on here's, where if we look at normal feeling motivated and being productive, anybody. Why is that a compulsion to feeling motivated to be productive, why is it like that's good right. It's because it's still about fixing a feeling and putting the feeling first, yes and of course motivation is fake, it's just a unicorn part putting that. Feel like, I need to go and control this feeling. I need to have the right feeling before I do this thing and if I have the right feeling and I'm productive then that's good. And because then later we start to chase that, we're like, I don't really feel motivated. I need to get, I need to go and do stuff to feel motivated. So, at first, we've often probably just seen it as awesome.

I remember that time, I was so motivated and I got so much done that was awesome. I want to recreate that what's way more useful is to just do the things you want to do with any thought or feeling. It doesn't matter, what feelings there because doing the things, we want to do is going to be about what we value. it's going to be about the actions that help us do that well rather than letting some random. You know brain and digestion puppet us around and control us. I would see a compulsion like that as directly linked to a compulsion like the existential fears because ultimately like de-realization, depersonalization existential fears. Then, also what would get wrapped into that fears around developing psychosis any kind of fear a person has around like being a particular type of person they are. (Continued----)

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