Self-help for intrusive thoughts

Private online self-help courses developed by Dr Elaine Ryan, Founder of MoodSmith®

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Dr Elaine Ryan, Founder of MoodSmith®

is a psychologist with 20 years of experience. She specialises in intrusive thoughts, OCD and anxiety disorders.

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  • Reassurance seeking

    We all benefit from encouragement; at times, reassurance has its place. But when you go looking to be reassured or actively seek and need it, it becomes part of the problem instead of a solution.  What does it mean to be reassured? When you are fearful or worried and speak with someone about your problem, […]

  • Steps to overcome intrusive thoughts

    This page is to help you overcome intrusive thoughts, by coming to terms with the thoughts as opposed to stopping them. Can you stop intrusive thoughts? In a word, no, but there are things you can do to overcome them. It’s only semantics, technically you cannot really stop intrusive thoughts, but you cannot stop any […]

  • Forgive to heal

    If it’s too heavy; set it down Forgive everyone for all ills as much as possible. Forgiveness”, either secularly or religiously, does not mean you must embrace someone in familial adoration. Forgiveness does not imply that you must wipe the slate so clean you can pick up a broken relationship where you left off. Forgiveness […]

  • How stress affects your life

    We have become accustomed to stress as part of modern-day living. In the not-to-distant past, when someone asked how we were, we might answer, “Fine, good.” We are more likely to answer “Busy”, “Sorry, I cannot chat now, I have to…” Modern living is fast-paced. There is always something we have to do, calls to […]

  • Uncomfortable emotions and OCD

    Learning to tolerate uncomfortable feelings is one of the most important skills you can gain to help you with your OCD. Without this skill, you are likely to carry out compulsions when things get uncomfortable for you, and once you feel compelled to do something to keep your emotions at bay, you are strengthening the […]

  • What are thoughts?

    Thoughts are mental activity in your brain and are the building blocks of your inner world. This article explains thoughts in the context of intrusive thoughts