I can’t think of a better example than the story about the chicken and the egg to describe what goes on with anxiety and ROCD. What comes first? ROCD thoughts or anxiety? If we could go back to the beginning of our personal story maybe we would be able to tell…
Anxiety can take many shapes in the body, mind(thoughts) and spirit (emotions). If you want an exhaustive list you can see one here: http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml
It is well known that ROCD thoughts can trigger anxiety. What is less known is that anxiety (and depression) can trigger ROCD thoughts. This happens because our brains learned to make this connection after a while.I call this the ROCD – anxiety – ROCD cycle. Why is this important? Because it tell us that in order to improve from ROCD it is also important to tackle our anxiety and learn how to break this cycle.
Once we learn how to do this with the help of CBT, ERP, Mindfulness or medication, our ROCD improves greatly.