STARTING TO STOP Part 2: Body-Focused Repetitive Disorders

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The first thing to do is make an appointment for a physical.  You want to be certain that there is nothing going to hold you back.  You need energy and vitality to put towards your recovery.  Don’t let low blood sugar or high blood pressure or mono sabotage your chances of success.

Next thing to do is find the right therapist.  The right therapist will know about BFRDs and when you leave the first appointment you will have two things.  The first thing you want from  a competent therapist is an action plan.  You do not  have to understand yourself to change.  You have to change to change.  Understanding follows change-not the other way around.

By the second or third appointment you will have a quit day in writing on a calendar.  It will be a few months away.  In between you will have  some trial runs of increasing length – you will prepare to succeed.   You will reassess your activities with an open mind.  You may have to slow down or drop an activity in order to succeed at quitting.  You don’t want a lack of sleep or a packed schedule to sabotage your success.

You will prepare to feel worse before you feel better.  You may get a pink cloud right after Quit Day, but soon your old shame-based thoughts and feeling will try to sabotage your success.  Prepare for them so you can argue with them – be your own best defense attorney.

Plan to quit and work the plan – you are moving out of your comfort zone and leaving old ways of thinking and being behind.  Real freedom

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About drmary2003

I am a psychologist in Winter Park, FL. I come from an education background with a specialist degree in School Psychology plus a PhD in Human and Organizational Development. I love the social/cultural sides of psychology. My private practice is based on principles of positive psychology and "horse sense." I specialize in trichotillomania (hair pulling), skin picking, victims of bullies, anxiety and depression. As a school psychologist I am qualified to give all psychoeducational tests. I help students, parents, and teachers with learning differences, accommodation for college board tests, neuropsychological testing, ADHD, and do evaluations for giftedness. After testing I consult with parents and teachers to help optimize classroom performance. Throughout the school year, I monitor the progress of all students I have evaluated. I have a broadly based practice drawing on multiple streams of knowledge and interest. I bring my voracious appetite for books, my interest in herbs and gardens, my music minor in college, my storytelling classes, my yoga experience and love of movies to make my counseling individual and creative.
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