Best Meditation For OCD
November 4, 2018 9:22 AM   Subscribe

There are so many different meditations and apps out there. There was a link on Kelly Brogan's site with a meditation specifically for OCD, but the link is down. Does anyone know of a type of meditation that is particularly helpful for OCD? Thank you in advance

There are so many different meditations and apps out there. There was a link on Kelly Brogan's site with a meditation specifically for OCD, but the link is down. Does anyone know of a type of meditation that is particularly helpful for OCD?

Thank you in advance
posted by kbbbo to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Mindful meditation.

When those obsessive thoughts enter your mind, you acknowledge them, consider their source and impact on you and then place them to the side and clear your mind again.

The important part to understand is that meditation is like exercising your mind and emotions. It's a sort of programmatic reset. Once you start practicing, it's the daily repetition that's important.
posted by humboldt32 at 9:32 AM on November 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


headspace (an app) has been really helpful for me - def recommend it!
posted by speakeasy at 9:59 AM on November 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


Meditation is a pretty personal thing, so it's hard to recommend something. Mark Freeman posts a lot about meditation and OCD (and mental health in general). A good start is just to check out his website, and his OCD FAQ and click through various posts. He also has an instagram. His sense of humour may or may not work for you.
posted by VioletU at 11:09 AM on November 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


Well, the book I found to be a very helpful introduction to meditation was "Modern Mindfulness" by Rohan Gunatillake, and the book that helped with my relatively mild anxiety type OCD was "SOS Help for Emotions" by Lynn Clark.

Rohan makes the point that you need to practice mindfulness on a daily basis, in the small or large chunks of time you have available, so that you can apply the skills and insights you acquire to deal with routine or extraordinary challenges later. Lynn's book provides diagrams showing the feedback that our unhelpful emotions generate, and the points at which we need to interrupt the loop. For me the two books complemented each other, but YMMV.
posted by forthright at 2:17 PM on November 4, 2018


From the "Overcoming OCD" series on Psych Central: "3 Popular Meditation Apps at a Glance"

"Mindfulness as a tool in fighting OCD and Intrusive Thoughts" offers suggestions for non-app based approaches to practicing mindfulness.

Additionally, I find belly breathing while listening to soothing music to be helpful.
posted by jazzbaby at 2:26 PM on November 4, 2018


I had similar issues, until I found out about Kratom. I have used it for pain management but come to find out Kratom Powder has an effect to reduce my OCD. I like green malay in particular.
posted by Guide Your Health at 2:34 AM on November 8, 2018


« Older What is the value of political leaflets?   |   Science books for the fantasy writer Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments