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Read the following:

The use of self-monitoring was illustrated in a program with a 25-year-old housewife who complained of obsessive thoughts about cancer of the breast and stomach (Fredrickson, 1975). She was very upset about these frequent thoughts which appeared to have become worse over a six-year period prior to treatment. The client was instructed to monitor the frequency of the obsessive thoughts while at home. Keeping a daily tally of the thoughts was apparently associated with a rapid reduction in their frequency from a high of 13 per day to about 2 per day. The client was instructed to monitor her thoughts in a more detailed fashion by recording the time of the thought, what she was doing at that time, the specific content of each thought, and so on. When this more detailed assessment procedure began, thoughts decreased further. The thoughts did not recur up to four months after treatment.

I'm going to try this. Anyone else want to join me?? It's almost like self monitoring is an attention getting technique. The more she addressed it on paper the less it occured. Wierd. Kind of like dealing with a crying baby.

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sounds interesting in theory, however for me, my obssesive thoughts are never ending, i dont seem to have any freedom, not even 5 minutes from my thoughts. what i might try to do is break down the thoughts a bitt and have specific catergories for each thought eg. one for 'im not gonna get better' thoughts, one for 'suicidal thoughts' and so on.
good luck with it anyway.
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Thats right, you'd spend more time documenting the thoughts than actually thinking them. I'm guessing that the whole theory behind the documentation is to make the prospect of having an obessesive thought so time consuming and irritating that you subconciously learn to avoid it all together. Nice idea, but the lacky band on the wrist idea still sounds like a more practical way of going about this sort of re-education.
 

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lol true. nemesis I don't think you try to be funny, but dude, you are.
 

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seems to me that the only way to break this dp cycle is to just get involved with an interest/activity
 

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I agree jc. To stay busy and to discipline the mind to not self-monitor seem to be the remedies for this disorder.
 

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just tried this for a week. carrying around a pad and paper is lame. no can do. focus outward it is.
 
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