This is something you may have heard many times, but here is a little reminder. THOUGHT SUPPRESSION NEVER WORKS! This short statement bears so much weight and is considered one of the golden rules to manage anxiety disorder: specifically, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, and Phobias.
That being said, the reality is that we all attempt to make our anxiety-provoking or “bad” thoughts go away. We try to push them down so they won’t hurt us anymore and so we don’t have to feel the related shame, irritation, guilt, and annoyance of these thoughts. If this sounds like you, let me tell you…you are in the right place.
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