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Question about ERP. #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder

Do ERP therapists treating someone with OCD use ALL of the techniques that come with ERP or do they use techniques that fit best with the patient because some techniques don’t really make sense with some compulsions? #MentalHealth #Anxiety #ERP

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If you have OCD and are interesting in learning more about Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), the #1 treatment for OCD, check out my new article! Feel free to comment or message me with any questions about it and I'd be happy to share my experience :)

#ERP #OCD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #Therapy

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Therapy is exhausing.

I'm now in week three of actually doing exposures for my ERP therapy. The first couple weeks we focused on less serious obsessions about rust, but yesterday we dove into something much more bothersome: my violent intrusive images. The gross scary picture I had to look at has come into my mind a few times already, and I am doing my best to lean into the uncertainty, I really am. But I don't know if I have the strength to do it by myself without getting swallowed up by the fear and despair. Even when I haven't been thinking about it, I have just felt so exhausted all day today and yesterday. I'm randomly crying and I can't focus very well. I know that it has to suck before it helps, but I don't know how to tell if this is productive distress tolerance or unproductive wallowing in bad feelings. Anyone else who is doing or has done ERP, how do you tell if you're properly leaning into uncertainty and tolerating the associated pain, and when you've taken on an exposure that is too much at the moment and is just overwhelming you with pain? #OCD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ERP #exposureresponseprevention #Therapy #IntrusiveThoughts #Dissociation


New here, just started ERP - overwhelmed

I've had OCD since early childhood, with emetophobia and agoraphobia as a result, and just started intensive ERP therapy. My anxiety during exposures has come out as more depressive - urges to self harm or suicidal ideation instead of panic. I wasn't expecting it, and my therapist is aware and supportive, but it's just caught me off guard. Has anyone else experienced this when exposed? Any ways to get through it? #ERP #MixedEpisodes #OCD #Emetophobia #Selfharm #SuicidalIdeation


Starting E&RP

I’m starting exposure and response prevention therapy next week. I’m both excited and nervous. Have any of you gone through ERP therapy? Did it work for you? #Anxiety #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ERP #Therapy


What are your thoughts on accommodations in school for #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder ?

Sometimes accommodations help, and sometimes they unintentionally can make OCD symptoms worse. I had an accommodation by which I could type instead of handwriting my homework because handwriting with my perfectionistic rewriting compulsions was so painful. The accommodation did let me do homework faster, but I wasn’t working on resisting my compulsions, just avoiding them. Eventually I did overcome this aspect of OCD through #ERP for which I am grateful. I think accommodations to help students with are helpful, but treatment is even more. What do you think?