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My dear friend,
sorry it happened again
really ashamed at myself
I see that you are back because you are still needing assurance as to your safety while doing this procedure of bending your neck forward and looking down at your feet.
exactly and I am so embarrassed by this
Give me a moment while I do the same.
Don't be embarrassed, my friend. This is your OCD, and you will be starting your CBT therapy tomorrow.
Hopefully your therapist will include Exposure and Response Prevention, which is form of CBT ideally suited to eliminating your obsessive thoughts and compulsive responses.
Here is MY report on my action of a couple of minute ago.
My head and neck feel fine.
I have on white socks (because my feet were cold, having worked in my garden today, planting cherry trees.
I was able to wiggle my toes and it felt good.
I looked up and remembered the incident only long enough to write about it.
I know that you need assurance now. That is why I am here, and that is why you are beginning your therapy tomorrow.
so no matter how many times during each hour I did this it could not have thrown my neck out of alignment? its just the fear of looking away from my feet which is a false fear that I have to let go
You will be fine. Let us do it once together now, if you wish. I will count to three and then hit send. You will read this, then look down and look back and answer me. I know that you will be fine. I will also look at my feet. Get ready ! ! !
I am. You too?
I am fine
this fear I have is totally unreal of looking away
or looking back up I should say
Let's do it one more time! Ready, set, go!
And ALWAYS will be ! ! ! ! ! !
so no matter how many times this was done no harm ever comes to body inside or out?
Try it again. It cannot hurt you.
just did it four times in a row and Im still fine
You have already started your therapy. Congratulations ! ! ! ! !
thank you my friend
God bless you. You shall be cured. I believe that with all my heart.
so I should let this go now with knowledge that no harm was done to the body?
Of course. Still go to therapy tomorrow though to reinforce this.
Thank you for your help again I was worried with the long amount of time on this something bad happened when realistically nothing bad happened at all even yesterday or this morning or now?
Wonderful. You are getting over this. I am so delighted.
Thanks to you my friend
You did this yourself. :)
You are so very welcome. I shall keep you in my prayers.
I will let you know how CBT goes tomorrow
thank you I appreciate your help and prayers
Thanks. I'd like to know and shall be thinking and praying for your success.
thank you my friend I will let you know
Enjoy the rest of your evening
thank you again
You too. :)
I began CBT yesterday however before I really use the skills I am still trying to get over this foot staring issue. When I got home earlier tonight I took my socks off and started looking down at my feet from a sitting position then stood up and repeating it several times. I think I am trying to make myself think that by doing this no matter how many times everything in my body is okay. Any other suggestion how I can validate my mind to know that this activity has no effect on the heart or any other part of my body? I was not able to really get into this issue with my therapist yesterday since it was my first session. The main problem I have is the looking up part and I am trying to do it naturally without timing which is causing the problem. Any way to solve this mess? thank you
Hi Elliott today was more of an emotional day for me dealing with my anxiety especially trying to conquer the looking at feet issue. I did try closing my eyes and that did help. I know this sounds weird but the part that makes me worried is the motion of looking back up where I originally started. Its like the anxiety is playing a trick on my mind telling it that it needs more time viewing the feet so that if I do not look down again something will go wrong. Is it the false thoughts that are prohibiting me from moving forward and is there another step I can take to reassure the mind not to keep looking again and again at the feet once I repeat the process? thank you so much and I am really trying hard
I was doing so good until the urge to start looking down at my feet happened during work today. I took a time out and did some stretches and neck rolls to curtail the urge but it was so strong this time.
After I look down then look back up from my feet is there something else I can say to myself to reprogram my brain.
Also I have this phobia of walking past the microwave and looking at the digital clock on it with fear that if I don't look at it enough before it goes out of view it will affect my heart. Well in this case I took only three glances at it and proceeded away from it walking down the stairs so not to hyperfocus. was this safe to do as well?
Thank you for your continued help and I am trying hard.
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I have almost conquered the foot issue today however I had a minor setback. I noticed that I repeat the pattern of sitting down on the side of my bed looking at myself in the mirror then I look down at my feet then raise my head back up. When I raise my head back up and can't see my feet I feel the need to repeat this action again. Which would be the best way to finally at that point end the cycle of repeating this movement like that? I am not staring at this point at least but when I raise my head back up should I be doing something differently?
I was doing good today until I had a panic attack this evening and could not leave my condo. I tried very hard to fight it but my symptoms included racing heart beat. My OCD kept making me look at the door to the right of my condo at the peep hole and to the right the reflection of the tv on the microwave oven. My fear is when the peep hole and reflection go out of my view from moving forward that will affect my heart is that false again? I am so sorry for letting the anxiety get the best of me. I did get over the foot issue now this started right afterwards did I cause any harm to heart during these episodes?
Yesterday when I was taking my blood pressure I started to feel like the cuff on my left arm had changed my pulse. There is no way the cuff pressure can hurt your heart rhythm? Very worried about it today.