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OCD and Doubt
This article in Self magazine describes the role of reassurance-seeking in OCD. OCD is a disease that thrives on doubt and uncertainty in a world where certainty is not realistic. The article describes the concept of accommodation, when family members and friends “give in” to the OCD by answering reassurance-seeking questions. While this allows someone suffering from OCD to feel better in the short term, it exacerbates the symptoms in the long term. Instead, CBT for OCD helps people realize the role of this reassurance and reduce it, often through responses that might initially come off as counter-intuitive and unsupportive.
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