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Trauma, OCD and Positivity: How They All Function Together in Recovery

Posted Apr 02 2013 6:14pm

CTR listen now button Big news! We’re expanding the radio show and giving it a new name. YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA radio is now titled, CHANGE YOU CHOOSE. Don’t worry, we’re still covering everything you need to know about how to move forward in your life after trauma. In addition, we’ll be broadening the content to address more topics about rebuilding your life and changing direction from trauma to triumph. For more details tune in at our usual time on Wednesday, 2pm EST/11am PST.

Have you ever thought about how easy something should be but in the end it winds up seeming so complicated? We may think that we understand what has happened or that we have control over our actions but before we know it, we have acquired an additional coping mechanism from out of nowhere. Of course, our minds are making an attempt to protect us from experiencing the same trauma and we think it is putting us in a safe place. I did that!

If you’ve read my book BEFORE THE WORLD INTRUDED , you know that for me, I started unplugging all of the clocks in my bedroom before I went to bed. The slow passage of time, the pain that it represented and the lack of sleep it caused during my trauma left me with a big issue about time at night plus lots of anxiety. If I didn’t unplug the clocks I couldn’t get even the tiniest bit of sleep. This OCD-like behavior was a protection mechanism that I had invented for myself and stuck to it religiously.

I didn’t know how to stop myself from doing this odd behavior but in PTSD recovery I was finally able to give up the habit. A part of my recovery included immersion in an activity I loved – dancing – that allowed me to better understand myself, my mind, and where to find my joy, all of which lessened my anxiety and my need for my OCD behaviors.

On this week’s show we’ll cover both ends of the spectrum: obsessive-compulsive tendencies after trauma and also the positive mindset that can help us shift out of them. To learn more about the show and see our guests, click here.

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