Students: Get 7 Free Tips to Beat Bad Memory Intrusive Thoughts

Bring out your strengths! Write them down on sticky notes and stick them to your computer, your door, your wall (wherever you like) and remind yourself that you have what it takes to be successful. Get past the negative hurdle about your memory by accepting uncertainty. In other words, ask yourself, what is the likelihood that I have a memory problem? Now scroll down to tip 5 to put uncertainty into perspective!

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Student Tip Sheet – 7 Ways to Beat OCD and Pass Exams

I see fellow students learning things very easily, but me, I seem to have to put a lot of effort into learning things. For example, any concept for me is hard to grasp lately, and I have to study long hours to make learning material clearer. It’s like my memory is failing me. I have OCD, and I’m wondering if this plays a part in the mental blocks I’ve been experiencing.”

Why Obsessions are not Delusions

Cognitive restructuring helps alter thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and improves insight. Subsequently, agreeing to face obsessions (exposures) and resisting compulsions (response prevention) shows how this active process eventually weakens obsessions, further increasing rational perception.

How to Resolve Intrusive Guilt in Moral OCD

These illogical thoughts had latched on to what mattered most to John – his morals. Subsequently, and despite the real-event theft situation, he failed to see that his intrusive thoughts were at odds with his true moral values, or at least doubted it. This is an example of what is known as trait-guilt, meaning that the corresponding emotion is rigid. In other words, John’s previous healthy beliefs about himself shifted to thinking instead that he truly was a sinner and a traitor to his religion.

What to do when a Phobia Becomes Obsessive

There is another factor to consider, which comes from Isaac Mark’s expression “obsessive phobia” which is not, as he puts it, ‘a direct fear of a given object or situation, but rather of the results which are imagined to arise from it’. While there is a distinction between a standard phobia and an obsession, an overlap can be noticed when a person shows signs of one and the other.