Schematic Model of OCD

Read below about each aspect of the process. Video to come soon.

Instinctive Response


  • Relief Seeking

  • Exerting an effort, cognitively or behaviorally, to neutralize the threat

  • Reassurance seeking

  • Reacting with intolerance toward being anxious


Sub Conscious Mental Processes


  • The brain's natural tendency to process information on a sub conscious level and send this information to conscious awareness when a significant association is made

  • Internally or externally triggered automatic thoughts

  • Unanswered and/or ambiguous information tends to be identified and prioritized

Anxiety Center of the Brain


  • Affective experience of tremendous jeopardy and imminent threat

  • Physiological processes are preparing for potentially life threatening situation

  • Fight or flight response activated

  • Emotional mayhem

Extinction Response


  • Choosing to accept the possibility that the risk is valid, yet not seeking escape

  • Making an allowance for one's own brain to create these upsetting ideas

  • Creating mental space and tolerance toward the persistent nature of the unwanted thoughts and experience

  • "Letting it be there"

  • Focus on management strategies

  • Not relief seeking!

Conscious Awareness


  • Becoming unavoidably aware of a threat which experientially and viscerally demand immediate attention and resolution

  • Being aware that the threat has a thought component

  • The mind is highly motivated to find resolution





  • Pay more attention to this spike and related themes

  • Biochemically reinforces hyper-sensitivity to this theme





  • Lessening the brain's sensitivity to these and related thoughts

  • Reduction of bio-chemical sensitivity to this theme





Automatic and spontaneous cognitive associations are linked with physiological experience of distress.






  • Choosing to go against one's own natural instinct

  • Turn your back on greatest temptation





  • Option of greatest temptation. Follow most basic reflex or instinct


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