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You have nothing to worry about, this will not affect your hear and there is no connection to the heart
It is strictly related to vision
So when I stop and stare for a minute at the sign then move quickly away to break the staring ritual from ocd my heart is not affected at all because this is strictly vision function?
No, your heart is not affected at all
Am I best to look away when this happens and physically walk away?
Yes. that would be best
any other suggestions to keep myself from staring at certain signs or symbols?
this really bugs me and flares up my ocd
Try to focus on whats ahead of you instead of any signs or symbols
could you give me an example?
Instead of staring at a sign concentrate on walking in front of you and look ahead
so after I look at the sign in front of me walk away from it out of my vision?
Yes, that is correct
Are you there?
just frustrated with trying to beat this ocd of staring
Is there anything else I can help you answer on this topic?
it seems like it pops up anywhere I am at
I'm sorry to hear that
so from now on any time I feel the urge to stare at a particular sign like I did earlier that said flip-flops move walk away from it and don't look back?
Yes, don't look back
and again there was no harm in looking at it for that short period and walking away at certain periods in the store?
No, there was no harm
strictly vision right?
Yes, strictly vision
could there be a problem with my vision from the staring episodes or is this mainly from anxiety?
This cannot cause a problem with your vision
so its the anxiety behavior I must ignore
Yes, it is from anxiety
You should ignore it
thank you Dr Brims from now on I move away from anything I begin or think I will stare at
like what I described earlier I mean
You're very welcome
the more I move away from the staring will it get easier to beat?
Yes, the more you move away the easier it is to beat
thank you again
Hello Dr I have had a bad time with OCD the last few days. My follow up questions are regarding staring at objects on tv screen is the vision function separate from the heart functions and also as you explained the heart pumps in its own way so there is no need for me to worry that repeated touching of any objects or clothing will affect its functioning? this was embarrassing earlier I kept pulling up the inside seam of my briefs and worried if I do not do that so many times it will affect the heart but again that has no affect on the heart and it is probably best I stop the repeated touching motion? Thank you again
my ocd was bad today can holding on to a cell phone or setting down and picking up a cell phone affect the heart in any bad way?