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When All Is Said & Done, Folks, Anxiety Is Anxiety!!

18 Jan

Question:
Dear Belleruth, thank you so much for your work. I am in the process of conquering anxiety and my therapist suggested I explore some of your Health Journeys. I love listening and repeating the affirmations in my car on my way to work. I notice a difference already only after 3 days!

I was not officially diagnosed with OCD but was told by my doctor that I have OCD tendencies. Would it be alright for me to use the OCD imagery or is this only for people who have been officially diagnosed? Also, I suffer from health anxiety.  Do you have any specific recommendations for dealing with this form of anxiety? Thank you again, you have been an integral part of my transition and healing.  

Alessandra

 

 

Dear Alessandra,
I’m glad the affirmations are helping.  It can be really astonishing how such a small “dose” of imagery – just a few minutes – can go such a long way in lowering anxiety. It still surprises me, and I should know by now.

To answer your question, when all is said & done, anxiety is anxiety.  For your purposes, there’s no need differentiate it by type, or to parse it out by what it focuses on.  Nor is there any value in doing so.  OCD is an anxiety-based condition – with a lot of genetic predisposition driving it – so anything you do for general anxiety would be helpful for OCD.  The same is true for your health-focused anxiety.

The fact that you’re worrying about these different types of anxiety and whether you should be doing different things for each them is a possible indicator that you might indeed have a little OCD.  But either way, if you focus on easing your general anxiety, you’ll be on the right track.

The actual OCD imagery could be a nice alternate for you to use when you get bored with the Affirmations or the Relaxation and Wellness imagery.  It won’t hurt you to use it if you don’t have the official diagnosis, and it’s probably got some imagery that’s on target for you.  The main thing to keep in mind is that anything you do that eases your anxiety – including exercise, breathwork, mindfulness meditation, yoga, massage therapy and all manner of imagery – is all good!

 


Best wishes and good luck with this!
Belleruth