Overcoming OCD
Information for College Students

Why Can’t I Just Stop My OCD?

OCD is a neurobiological anxiety disorder, not a character flaw or sign of weakness.  You can’t just stop it.  Willpower alone is no match for an actual physical and mental disorder.  If people tell you to just “STOP IT!” they don’t understand that you can’t stop by yourself. 

A cognitive behavior therapist is trained to treat OCD and can help you:

  • Learn to recognize and reevaluate the brain’s “error messages” caused by OCD (the obsessions)
  • Gradually delay and eventually stop responding to those messages (your response is the compulsion)

Don’t get down on yourself for having OCD.  And don’t let it make you more miserable than you already are.  Contact your student health service and tell them you want to see a cognitive behavior therapist. 

If the staff at the health service isn’t familiar with OCD—or they suggest a different kind of treatment—you can refer them to this web site to learn about OCD and CBT.  CBT is the only scientifically supported treatment for OCD (sometimes accompanied by medication).

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