Are you an OCD therapist? If you are then you’re in the right place.
Hey, I’m Chris and I have developed a new psycho-technology that helps people with Safety OCD Checking behavior to drastically reduce their compulsions and anxiety within two to four weeks.
I help accomplish this by using a unique memory system that helps people to remember that what they have checked has been checked properly.
There are 4 steps to this process which I have named ‘The Look, Lock, Label & Leave System.’
This system only works for Safety OCD Checking. This means it is specifically targeted to people who repeatedly check that their front door is locked, the water faucets are off, the stove is off, etc… It is also specifically targeted to people who fear that a catastrophe will happen if they haven’t checked properly.
I cannot help people who check until it ‘feels’ right.
Traditional therapy (specifically ERP) works by helping people to live with doubt and uncertainty.
The Look, Lock, Label & Leave System works by removing that doubt and uncertainty.
We accomplish this by applying a unique stimulus for each thing we check, at the time of checking. Then we ‘label’ this stimulus to a body part.
Thus when your client starts to worry about the front door being unlocked, all he has to do is revisit that particular body part that holds the stimulus.
This stimulus will reaffirm that the door is locked and that he can continue to go about his business. Without any fear, worry or anxiety.
What I am going to tell them
In this article I’m going explain the unique memory system ….a unique psycho-technology I’ve called ‘The Look, Lock, Label and leave System.’ I’ll begin by telling you about my psychiatric history and how I developed OCD. Then we’ll look into some Reddit comments about how people with OCD checking have tried to overcome their disorder. We’ll look into the strength and weaknesses of each technique and how we can make them much better. We do this by using memory techniques.
Then I’ll introduce to memory systems and so you what’s possible with a trained memory. We’ll finish off by looking directly into how the 4L’s System overcomes Safety OCD Checking. I’ll give you a specific technique that you can use on your clients straight away.
Who Am I?
- mental illness
- how I developed OCD
- epiphany= turn stove blue
Back in 1993 I started hearing voices and was diagnosed as Schizophrenic. The bad thing was that I was over-medicated and became a chain smoker and obese. Also, the trauma associated with being sectioned shook me up pretty bad.
This combination of over medication and hospitalization made things much, much worse. Schizophrenia was the easy part. My past trauma from childhood was reawakened and I started to self-harm and overdose.
Then I began to get depressed. I developed ‘Panic Attacks’.
Then nearly ten years later I began to have OCD checking symptoms. I began checking the water faucets, stove, the front door lock, my heater, that I had my wallet on me as well as many other things.
I struggled for about 5 years. By this time I was under the care of my General Prescriber and not the Mental Health team. It was then that I relented and saw a therapist who formally diagnosed me with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I started to receive treatment for a few weeks then I had a revelation that would break the back of my OCD and free me from its prison.
I remember the day clearly. I was checking the oven. ‘I can see the oven is off when I look at it….but as soon as I leave I start to doubt myself. What if I haven’t checked it properly? What if the house catches fire?’
Then it hit me. The reason why I doubt myself is because I can’t remember!
I had read quite a few memory books before I was diagnosed and knew the components of a trained memory.
‘What if there was a way that I could apply memory techniques to remember if everything is off, shut, locked and closed after I’ve checked it.
So that was my ‘Dark Night of the Soul.’ A quarter of a century of almost unbearable pain and anguish.
Here’s the funny thing though. I had to go through ‘Hell’ in order to get others out. Every challenge I’ve ever been through has severed a purpose.
I escaped the OCD prison and now I help others.
But before we go into how and why the 4L’s system works I think it would be a good idea to check out Reddit.
There are many comments about overcoming OCD checking. Although all of those solutions are different most share one thing in common…let’s find out what that commonality is?
What the Reddit Comments all have in common
- Share exact words from Reddit (examples)
- All have in common= stimulus while checking
- Pros and Cons of their techniques eg- shouting “off!” slightly unique but still too normal….need to be really unique plus the mind remembers in pictures….
- …usually unique with just one sense
- Not interactive enough
- 4L’s system…uses all the senses- feelings/sight/sound….are interactive/unusual & yet logical
Here are some of those solutions on Reddit:
- Try telling yourself, or even saying out loud “The door is locked” as you lock it. That may break the routine and give yourself a personal notation that the door is indeed locked.
- I found the best way was to play some type of song/rhythm on the doorknob after locking it. Click.. click, click, click-click.. clicka Gangnam style. More annoying the better.
- I usually try to make it a little unique each time so it’s even easier to remember. But it’s pretty boring, I just sing “I’m singing the lock song, I’m singing the lock song” to different tunes.
I do this, and I’ve only really started to not check as many times. About a year ago, I would walk back to my house after taking so many steps, because I needed to check the door again, even though I remembered locking it.
For example, I’ve been sitting upstairs for a couple of hours, but I had previously locked the front door. I say to myself that I have locked the door, and haven’t used it since, so I know it’s locked. This sounds hard, but I got to that stage by doing the following.
So, there are 3 doors that serve as an entrance into my house. For me, each door was “100%”. So at the end of checking a door, I would say 100, 200, or 300, depending on how many doors I had checked. Saying it in a weird voice also allows you to remember doing it. There’s obviously going to be different ways of tackling the problem, but that was my way, and it’s working so far.
This may not work for you, so you have to develop your own way of doing it. Some people say doing something stupid or embarrassing can help you remember that you have actually done something. It seems that you know you have locked the door, or checked whatever you need to check, but you want the peace of mind that comes with checking just that one more time.
- Add something to locking the door: Tap on it after you lock it or something… This way if you don’t remember locking the door you’ll remember tapping on it ( because it is unusual), and then you’ll be sure that you locked the door…
- I freak out over thinking that I haven’t locked my car, so I say a random, memorable word when I do. So I’ll lock it and say ‘Elephant!’ I never worry about it because I remember the word vividly even though the action is vague.
- I take a picture of the front door when I leave, so that if I ever freak out about it I can just look at the picture. Haven’t had to look at the picture though (as of yet), as the act of taking the photo itself keeps me from worrying about if I accidentally left it open.
- miracles of a trained memory= ( share some world records)
- car park/card sequence story= you have to apply techniques in order to remember
- easy to remember the front door is locked
- 4L’s gets best results
- Example of Faucets….with bell
- 15-minute hurdle…..stop reviewing after 15 minutes…use again and again
- Research with OCD & Memory flaws….(the difference between regular memory and trained memory.)….
- No training in how to adapt the memory techniques to Checking OCD
- Who this training is for….include 24 Hour Rescue table…..(already created)
- Although NOT a therapy…since we all improve our memory the same way…any therapist can use this system in treating Safety OCD checking