Channelling Your OCD

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    Channelling Your OCD

    If there was ever an upside to being OCD, it’s the inherent ability to focus all your attention on one task it comes with. I’m not suggesting I personally would have chosen to be obsessive compulsive if it were all possible to have that choice to make and I knew what each choice came with, but hey, if you have the condition you might as well make the most of some of its positive sides as well, right?

    I guess this pretty much applies to every area of life. I mean we all have our demons, challenges, worries, skeletons — whatever you choose to call them and if there’s one thing life should have endeavoured to teach every last one of us it’s that you just have to find a way to deal with the challenges you face as best you can and that there is always but always a silver lining.

    In my case and this time, I think I can speak for the majority of OCD ‘sufferers’ the silver lining to being obsessive compulsive is this ability to deploy the superpower of razor-sharp focus. You’re able to focus on a singular task and in effect go through every possible iteration associated with that task to come up with what I can confidently say is the very best way of completing that task. The downside to this of course (there’s always a downside) is that you often don’t choose which tasks you want to apply this laser-like focus to. Your mind seems to have a mind of its own and it dictates what you’re going to be focussing on…Imagine me spending two hours online, searching for a dictionary app that has the widest selection of words and synonyms available today and welcome to the world of OCD — particularly that part of it which dictates to you just what your razor-sharp focus is going to be applied to today…

    It’s definitely not all bad however and dare I say I perhaps didn’t suggest that it’s all bad in any case. The best that you can do is try and channel your OCD and OCD can be a placeholder for anything in your life which is a challenge for you. You should try and channel that strong inclination and put it into something that can yield positive results in some way and as far as OCD goes, I know of a quite a few OCD sufferers who are extremely good at detecting patterns and working with numbers. So something like technical trading comes to mind as a good example of how OCD can be channelled into something positive and I actually know of a real-life example of how an OCD sufferer analysed financial data over a period of the preceding five to ten years, after which time he predicted the financial crisis of 2008, went “short” on a few stocks he identified to be headed for disaster and walked away from it all a very rich man!

    We should all find an outlet through which to channel our inclinations to solve a specific problem we’re faced with, whether that “problem” is OCD (as is the case with me) or anything else.

    Written by Jenson Phillips

    Hi, I'm Jenson. Father of two and living with OCD, read my musings on coping with both and maybe pick up some advice for yourself.