Signs and Symptoms of Rumination OCD
There are a wide variety of symptoms that one will notice if they suffer from Rumination OCD. These symptoms of obsessions and compulsions include:
- Thoughts that are disturbing, such as the thoughts or fear of potentially harming someone.
- Avoiding areas or persons to prevent being ‘triggered’
- Spending a lot of time thinking about past events or memories and reviewing them to ensure that no danger is present
- Constantly worrying about sources of potential
- Constant fear of something happening to people you love
- Fear that if things aren’t done in a specific way that things will go wrong
- Long periods of time focused on thinking about existential topics
- Intense need for and thoughts of perfection
- Disturbing thoughts about inappropriate sexual activities
Gaining Control of Rumination
Gaining control of your thought processes and ruminative tendencies may seem like a futile task, but one that is very possible if you seek out help for your condition. Skillful OCD treatment can equip you to interrupt this cycle and can also help you gain insight and clarity about how your thought processes are unwittingly contributing to your suffering.
Take a Rumination OCD Test
There are online options for taking a Rumination OCD quiz so that you can determine whether or not you may suffer from this condition. It’s common for people with Rumination OCD to feel a;lone, fearful, guilt-ridden, or ashamed, but by taking a Rumination OCD quiz right at home you can get the answers you need to help you move forward towards recovery.
Rumination OCD Treatments
The best treatment for Rumination OCD employs elements from several different approaches, which include:
- Exposure and response therapy (ERP), which is aimed at helping the individual better control and tolerate the anxiety associated with rumination. The goal is to reduce compulsive responses to triggers through gradual and strategic exposure.
- Mindfulness-based behavioral therapy (MBBT) teaches mindfulness along with ERP therapy to enhance the effectiveness of treatment and to help you learn how to direct your energy and attention where it can best be utilized.