Perseveration (Uncontrollable Repetition, Like Obsessive Thoughts)

As a result of frontal lobe lesions, specifically in the dorsolateral convexities (see pages 451 - 453 here for reference), perseveration can occur. Perseveration, according to the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary 2007, is "continual involuntary repetition of a mental act usually exhibited by speech or by some other form of overt behavior".

What do you do to help yourself come out of the state of perseveration when you find its impacts more negative than positive?

I have perseveration as a result for frontal lobe tbi, especially when in an interpersonal conflict... I have difficulty letting go while I wait for the person I'm having an interpersonal conflict with to respond, especially if I don't get a response for more than 2 days.

Here are tips I've received from a therapist to help overcome the negative impacts (there are positive impacts as well) perseveration causes me:

To refocus what part of our brain is active during the perseverating thoughts, so we can 'let go', and perhaps return to the thoughts again later, from a more relaxed, less ruminating state:

Community Regarding Frontal or Temporal Lobe Brain Injury

Hello all,

There wasn't a community geared toward being supportive of those affected by frontal or temporal lobe brain injury, so I recently created one.

Here is a synopsis of the community:
WHO is this community for? People affected by frontal or temporal lobe traumatic brain injury (tbi) in one or more of the following ways: has a frontal or temporal tbi, interact with someone who has that, relevant medical professionals, students, and those simply interested in making a positive difference in the lives of those affected by that.
WHAT are this community's goals? Bringing individuals together to communicate with each other, discuss relevant topics, and share resources, support, and inspiration.

The community is located at . I look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a note.

Kind regards,

distraction tips

These are for when you feel out of control,
are having a flashback and/or need grounding...

Repetitive reality checking (I am in a safe place and I'm going to be ok)

Count yourself down (ten... nine... eight... seven...) (You can then count back up 1 to 10.)

"I'm aware"; Repeat five things you see, smell, touch, taste in your present surroundings to help ground you in the present

Pay attention to your breathing (breath slowly, in through your nose and out through your mouth)

Pay attention to the rhythmic motions of your body (walking, stretching, etc.)

Touch something familiar/safe

Remind yourself "I'm going to be ok" and "I'm not crazy"... this is a normal part of the recovery process

Plant your feet firmly on the ground

Touch the wall, the floor and objects close to you

Call someone on the phone

Walk around and watch your own feet - listen to the sound

Listen to music and count the beats

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Hug someone safe

Hold someone's hand (someone safe)

Tear up paper, throw ice, chew ice chips

Visualize the memory as an object and put it "away" (for example, the memory is a blue rubber ball and you put it in a toy box)

Focus on details... leaves on trees, blades of grass, fibers in carpet

Call your therapist

Call a hotline

Hold and/or talk to a stuffed animal

Fight the voices - change the negatives to positives

Play an instrument

Gently wash your face, hands or hair

Do gardening, shovel snow or mow the lawn

Color in a coloring book

Rock in a rocking chair

Listen to your watch ticking
feet on ground

Hello from group creator

Hello I have created this group as a survivor of OCD, depression, and the list of other things that they have told me is why I am the way I am.

After spending my teenage and young adult years on medication and in psychiatric treatment only getting worse.
I tried for a few years to go by the theory that this stuff is all made up by drug companies to make money.

Paranoid of this, drugs and psychiatrists I stopped seeing my doctor, did some research, and slowly weened myself off my medications... (if you are thinking about this RESEARCH, they say there are some serious problems people have reported from doing this. Luckily I did something right, and didn't hurt myself.)
After trying to ignore the still existing issues and then coming to the realization that they were still there.
I don't think that is the case either. I think some medications make what you are trying to fix worse, and actually prolong and worsen your treatment. I was never actually depressed until I started taking anti-depressants. I had obsessions and compulsions. I can say I wanted to make them stop and thought of dying, but was never depressed until I started taking medication.

I think maybe psychiatry started, and some people still might be people trying to heal people, but as in many cases some bad seeds projected an amazing profit margin which is exactly what has happened.

In my case, I think they neglected to look into nutrition, and family history of hypoglycemia before they even started me on pills. And they NEVER even tried behavior modification.

I don't want to blame anyone for who i am or the way my life is or was. Nor do I really want this group to be about toting the EVILS of the mental health profession, and the drug companies. There are so many sites and journals that do that. I have read them, they did something good about helping me have the confidence to quit my doctor sponsored drug addiction, but I never found one that actually gave solutions.
I don't know who writes them. Conspiracy theorists..(hey no offense i am one sometimes) who just like to complain. They seemed to enjoy demonizing mental health professionals, or saying that these issues don't exist, but never gave solutions or suggestions to the people who were obviously suffering with something in their lives that they needed help with.

That is what I want this to community to be about. Finding people that can contribute information on other ways to handle your challenges with out taking medication.
So we can help each other.

Please share your stories. I am, and I am sure others will be interested in your experiences, but Please please focus on methods of healing, and overcoming
Not wallowing in your sadness or getting attention or pitty.

I discovered this was a major problem, and not until I took the drama back to the stage, and in my writing, did I get it out of my personal life.

This March it will be three years psychiatric drug free the longest period of time without them since I was 12, but I have some really difficult moments. I have a journey myself that I hope you will help me on by sharing what you know, and I will share what has worked for me.