What is the theory behind this OCD bully worksheet?
A bully is a person that overpowers a weaker and vulnerable individual and harms them either physically or psychologically or both. At times, our own negative thoughts become our bullies. Since anxiety related thoughts cause us mental distress, an individual going through them finds oneself being forced into performing some actions that further increase the distress. For example, during Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, people feel themselves bound to their compulsive actions due to their obsessions. This vicious cycle seems to be neverending for them.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet is for the clients who are getting treatment for their Obsessive Compulsive disorder through psychotherapy. The worksheet will help them have a broader look at their obsessions. Viewing anxiety provoking thoughts from a different angle will help them in dealing with it.
How to use this worksheet?
To use this worksheet, imagine yourself as a child in playground encountered by a bully. Your obsessive thoughts are your bully. In the given space below, write and draw what is looks like. Then explain the things they tell you to do for example ” Obsession (you haven’t washed your hand properly) compulsion (Do it) or else (threat from your bully)” . Then with the help of your therapist, write the strategies with which you are going to stand against this bully.
OCD bully worksheet
What does your bully say to you?
Strategies to deal with my bully
Steketee, G., Lam, J. (1993). Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In: Giles, T.R. (eds) Handbook of Effective Psychotherapy. The Plenum Behavior Therapy Series. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-2914-9_11
You can download this worksheet here.