How OCD Grows Using Shame as a Weapon
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the guidance of a qualified professional.
OCD doesn’t just bombard our kids with intrusive thoughts, it can also overwhelm them with intrusive emotions. Shame is one of OCD’s most powerful weapons. OCD can use shame in many ways including:
-Keeping them from discussing their intrusive thoughts with people who can help them.
-Making them feel desperate to prove their intrusive thoughts wrong, thereby increasing their compulsions (e.g. mentally debating, arguing, confessing and/or seeking reassurance).
-Making them want to avoid feelings of shame by doing whatever OCD demands (e.g. avoiding triggers, doing compulsions to ward off the potential of feeling shame etc).
In this week’s YouTube video I talk to kids and teens about how OCD uses shame as another powerful weapon in its arsenal, and what they can do to take their power back.
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