Our next webinar will be broadcast on July 24, 2019. See the registration link on our Facebook page (Behavioral Sciences of Alabama).
Should I Be Afraid of My Thoughts?
Should I be afraid of unwanted, intrusive thoughts about hurting someone or experience thoughts that go against my values, moral system and make me anxious? What if my teen or child experience horrific thoughts?
Below in quotes are common examples of intrusive thoughts that are accommodated by reassurance and other attempts to lesson the anxiety.
“Mom, I need to hide these knives. I’m afraid I’ll wake up during the night and hurt my family!”
“I can only use the small square plate, because I’ve washed it and I know it’s clean.”
“I have to take my clothes off and leave them in the hallway because I don’t want to take the contamination into my room.”
“I have to use plastic forks, because nobody has touched them until I take them out of the package.”
“I’m hurrying as fast as I can. I’ve got to say these prayers just right so nothing bad happens to anybody.”
“I can’t go to church. I feel like I’m not good enough because I have these bad thoughts. What kind of a person has thoughts like these?”
Family education and support for individuals with obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders can greatly facilitate recovery. Family members may naturally accommodate symptoms in an attempt to help reduce anxiety and inadvertently maintain or facilitate the patient’s withdrawal from normal activities. Family education can inform best practices and gradually eliminate accommodations so the patient is able to enjoy the independence of interacting with the everyday environment and relationships. I will discuss the topics in the schedule below. Instructions will be given for sending questions. This meeting room is the regular site for family support education. The content is meant to provide education and is not intended for therapy. Your participation acknowledges your agreement that this is entirely educational and not provided as advice. For advice or therapy you understand that you should contact a licensed therapist for direction.
July 24 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
David L. Barnhart, EdD
Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor