Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Exposure Therapy and the Hope of Getting Better
Hmmm... Interesting. That's one of the hardest concepts for me to grasp.
Ditto, Lolly. I so do not do well with uncertainty, but it is a fact of life I need to learn to deal with and accept.
Uncertainty and accepting it are the keys to functioning with OCD. Any good therapist will tell you that OCD is an illness bound to the thought of securing certainty. As hard as it is for all of us with OCD, coming to grips with and at some peace with risk, uncertainty and the unknown, are keys to living a full life, even with OCD.
Hi Lolly, Kat, and Beth--thanks for your comments! One concept that helped me with accepting uncertainty was realizing that I do accept it in many cases, and just don't notice, like if my husband is at work, I deal with the fact I don't know for sure if he's ok. But some people with OCD can't live with the uncertainty of not knowing if a family member is ok, and keep checking and calling and obsessing.