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I really struggled with this too. I felt like sometimes my thoughts were out of control. Through therapy, I slowly learned that those thoughts are called irrational for a reason. They are irrational! Think of your brain like your email account. You get tons of spam emails throughout the day and only a few actual emails that you need. Do you take all those spam emails as seriously as real emails? Course not! Let your irrational thoughts (spam) come into your brain but then let them go into the spam folder.
I used to have OCD but with the help of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, I was able to calm the OCD. My GAD is still there but I learned how to not do repetitive actions like constantly checking locked doors and the oven. With cognitive behavioral therapy, you basically learn how to realize your irrational thoughts and understand fully that they are irrational and that you truly don't have to go and repeat the action you just did.
I hope this make sense and I hope you can learn how to manage your OCD. Its not something that will go away, but its something that can be easier to handle. My therapists says that the cloud of anxiety will never go away, but we have the tools available now to get an umbrella. There are books on CBT and also many therapists that use this tool in there sessions.
Just remember; Smile, Breathe, and Believe.
I've had OCD since I was 11 & it was not until high school that i got my first diagnosis..its always a BIG trouble to manage the complusive thoughts...I've mostly had what they call ''pure O'' OCD & its almost impossible 2 stop myself from repeating d ''solution providing'' counter thoughts a set number of time soon as i start getting the negative thoughts...but d condition improves considerably with continuation of ssri meds though it takes almost more than 2 months 2 get d full benefits...