If you are a parent of a child who has OCD, you know only too well how easy it is to get entangled in an endless argument where you try to use logic to no avail. You tell your child how unlikely it is that something bad will happen, you teach her to think positively, you reassure her, and you try to help her out.
As I’m stepping out of my office into the reception area to get my next patient, Michael, I can see that he is distressed.
“What’s going on?” I ask as we take our seats.
A few days ago, I was talking a friend over the phone and he noticed that I sounded tired. I did feel a little depleted after a few emotionally difficult therapy sessions.
Friend: You sound tired. What’s going on?
I: Nothing. Had a few sessions and just finished. It was tough.
Do you frequently ask yourself:
- Why did this happen to me?
- Why do those things always happen to me?
- What’s wrong with me?
- Why couldn’t I have handled things better?
- Why do I always react this way?
- What does this mean about me?