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      I don’t believe that I can reduce my ocd responses to my really disturbing intrusive thoughts. I gave up smoking, but this is worse, as I can’t cut down the thoughts gradually. I can’t reduce the responses to my compulsions, then I hate myself as I can’t make even a tiny step forward. People say build on your successes, and no worries about your setbacks. But to me nothing is more powerful than responses & reassurance.


        Try to focus on the present moment. Try not to focus unduly on past failure or possible future battles.

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