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It is time to de-stigmatise talking about your feelings, your problems and even OCD. The consistently insightful School of Life describes in a gentle animation video how best to help someone in the psychological grip of obsessive compulsive disorder.

OCD originates from a past trauma which has manifested through intrusive thoughts and repetitive actions. It is also stated that simple soothing logic to the person feeling these feelings are not really helpful.

“There is no use, in such cases, offering simple reassurance. No matter how often one shows the sufferer that no gas is flowing, that the knives are locked away, that they haven’t done anything bad online and that they aren’t disintegrating physically, it doesn’t work …. This is because the true object of terror lies somewhere else. OCD is a trauma from the past that has been projected into the future and metastasised into a paranoia.”

It is then further suggested that assistance comes from an investigative point of view.

“We need to travel back to the source of dread and drain it properly. The world will only feel like a safe place once the unfortunate sufferer remembers their original injury, localises it and separates it off from modern-day anxieties.”

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