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Anxiety helped by meditation?
arlington posted:
I've been told that practising meditation could alleviate anxiety.
I could see how clearing the mind with meditation could be helpful
while you're actually meditating, but if you've got OCD, wouldn't the
intrusive, anxiety-causing thoughts return as soon as the meditation
session was finished? Or is the relief longer-lasting?
rohvannyn responded:
Meditation can help you retrain your mind into new patterns. If you have OCD, you might want to talk to your therapist about what kind is best. Meditation can actually have lasting positive effects on the way you think. Sometimes it's easier to meditate while in motion - like during exercise or while driving on a lonely stretch of road. Basic focus on your breath is a good way to start.
Reid Wilson, PhD replied to rohvannyn's response:
Meditation can help you cool out and gain some perspective. It can also help you catch worried thoughts quicker at other times during the day, because you're not so stressed. But meditation is not a treatment for OCD. If you decide to work with a therapist, I HIGHLY recommend you find one with a specialty in OCD or at least in the anxiety disorders, because the treatment protocol is quite specific. A general therapist tends to not be trained in the protocol. If you cannot find a specialist, then become an educated consumer so that YOU know the proper treatment. I have written a great deal about self-help skills for OCD. You can find them HERE for free.

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