Reattributing Causes of OCD
It’s just a chemical, so don’t get polemical.
As the rhyme suggests, people often get “polemical” and attempt to dispute, defend, analyze, and control their obsessions. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is not caused by a weak mind, insanity, a sinful nature, or actual danger. Nor is it hopeless. Once you can reattribute repetitive thoughts and urges to your brain physiology and chemistry, you will be able to simply observe false thoughts—it is pointless to reason with them.
Research suggests that there is a physical basis for OCD whether that is abnormalities in neurotransmitters or other causes:
ANSWERS THAT RELIEVE OCD CONCERNS
Having OCD can be thought of as a faulty set of brakes that makes it hard to stop repeating a thought or action. Just as slamming a set of defective brakes makes them fail, attempts to stop disturbing thoughts seem to make them stronger. People with OCD need to find ways to gently discourage their thoughts and habits. Mark any of the following questions that trouble you and study the answers to prepare yourself to make needed changes.
Reattributing is one of the “4-R’s of recovery” found in Brain Lock by Jeffrey Schwartz (HarperCollins, 1996). The mnemonic rhyme is from the same book.