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I've certainly felt the same way after a severe attack and even to some degree after mild ones, i refer to it as OCD hangover. Its like my brain is just plain worn out. As for how to deal with it, well i do both meds and therapy and those make a huge difference, but if you want to start enjoying an activity you previously enjoyed (like in the evenings) but aren't as much anymore, the trick I have found is to just make yourself do it. Personal example, I use IM to chat with friends alot, especially in the evening, many of my friends don't live close enough to hang out with on a regular basis and its a great way to keep in touch. Well after my last big spike, I just didn't feel like being social, i avoided IM, even though it had been something I enjoyed, and it wasn't even really connected with my specific anxiety, just peripheral to it. So one day I just said to myself, even though I don't feel like doing much of anything I'm going to MAKE myself try it, and before long I was back to looking forward to it and enjoying it again. Same is true for TV at the time, i wasn't watching alot of shows I really enjoyed before the spike, and wanted to watch them again so i just did it.

The avoidance/fear in our OCD makes it hard sometimes to be active and engaged, which of course leaves plenty of time to ruminate on our worries and feed the OCD, making it worse. By actively choosing NOT to give in, you weaken its power. You break the loop.

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