This is a question we get asked a lot at our OCD clinic: “How do I know if this thought is my OCD or if it is a ‘normal’ thought?” It usually happens when a person in treatment has certain familiar “regular” OCD thoughts, but then suddenly gets hit with a new, unfamiliar, unwanted intrusive thought that may or may not be OCD-related.
Trichotillomania (TTM or Trich – pronounced as “trick”) is a disorder where a person repeatedly pulls hair, which results in hair loss. This condition is diagnosed when the person is unable to decrease or stop pulling despite the willingness to do so and feels embarrassed, ashamed, and distressed.
Last weekend I was at my friend Emily’s barbeque party. After we had our full share of sausages, kebabs, and salads, and settled down at the table with the drinks, Emily said she was facing a serious dilemma and needed advice.
"Adversity presents itself in many forms and if a man does not master his circumstances then he is bound to be mastered by them."
During the last couple of weeks, I found myself being more fully engaged in the moment. I am noticing the tastes, the smells, the colors, and the emotions with increased sharpness and experiencing a deeper appreciation of everyday life’s little events. All of a sudden, being mindful has become almost effortless.
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.