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Addiction Linked to OCD

R. Alex Jenkins

R. Alex Jenkins

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can halt you in your tracks. It's an irrational fear that everything must be in exact order before you can take another step. You effectively become rooted to the spot.

A person with acute OCD will open the fridge to make sure every item is placed in its precise location, hovering for minutes or longer before eventually closing the door. They move on to the kitchen table, cupboards and then back to the fridge again in an endless cycle.

If you have an addiction lurking away in the background, OCD may prevent you from getting on with life because of your desire to get that addiction sorted out first. By repeating an addiction, you regularly feel bad about yourself and find it difficult to look to the future. OCD can paralyse you into believing your habits and addictions must be sorted out before you can do anything else.

It's a psychological battle.

Think about OCD seriously if you believe it's having a negative impact on your life. To understand that it's just an irrational fear. You may find that it's linked to a series of addictions and repetitive bad habits that are masking themselves as OCD. We all have OCD to an extent and it’s perhaps just a form of good housekeeping. Some people call it healthy routines.

Think about your addictions first, no matter how minor they may seem! Admit them to yourself. Do you have an addiction to porn, gaming, gambling, or something else? OCD could be a misinterpreted natural defence mechanism to address your addictions more seriously. Your inner conscience is telling you to act on your addictions first, which is holding you back psychologically.

It's common for a message to repeat in your mind telling you to sort out minor annoyances or even major addictions before getting on with more important things. It's not always immediately possible to do that. You're likely getting anxious about moving on with your life and therefore behaving like a rabbit in the headlights, paralysed from doing anything at all, simply repeating minor unimportant acts or indulging in petty addictions. Once you understand this it helps you move on with more important tasks. Tasks that need to be done get accomplished quicker and your procrastinate less while doing them.

You may not have a serious addiction or OCD problem at all but a mild combination of the two that's making you anxious and afraid to step forward.

If you keep on doing the same things over and over again to create an unwanted addiction, you might be putting your life in check and constantly beating yourself up about it.

If you have bad addictions, it's necessary to address these at root level so that you're not obsessing about them and creating an OCD pattern in your mind. OCD is way of not dealing with real life, going round in circles and being terrified of change, chaos or anything new. If you feel bad about yourself for not resolving your personal issues then you're going to stagnate and remain put.

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