While introspection has its benefits, rarely is there much to show for trying to figure out where OCD comes from. Your best move in therapy for OCD is to work on developing a behavioral hierarchy for the things that have been triggering you – or the ones that you’ve been avoiding – and slowly increasing your exposure to these things without doing the compulsive response.
Yes, you are right – easier said than done. There are tons of self-help books on the topic written in the last 10 years or so that can be helpful. Or, check out the referral database at ocfoundation.org
for names of clinicians in your locale. This story link will take you to Psychology Today’s website for the whole story.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the “Root of the Problem”: What caused my OCD?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often shrouded in mystery, as sufferers struggle to understand the cause of their disorder. Already prone to “over-thinking,” many believe that if they can determine what caused their brain to go awry, they can figure out a way to fix it. People with OCD have been known to spend hours ruminating to find “the root of the problem.”