I kinda get what you mean but I’m also a little confused still like feeling like it could still possibly show up again or?
I mean isn’t that always a possibility? I just get completely exhausted and sad after a obsession passes-doing ERP and other tools can wear me out
I am totally in that place! I've recently started ERP and it truly is the light at the end of the tunnel, the relief is almost indescribable! And at the same time, I am feeling exhausted and sad
That is completely normal! OCD sucks big time and ERP is hard work. After my first ERP session, I felt physically and emotionally drained. The best thing you can do is be kind to yourself. Be proud of yourself. Celebrate even small victories. Also, it is normal to feel worse before you feel better.
@Lms526 thank you so much for that feedback!
@Blessed_dm Yes definitely celebrating every single small win whether it feels like it or not. The harrowing part for me is that the OCD is linked to a significant amount of real life trauma
@Blessed_dm My whole life was holding space for everyone around me - the very core of my identity is linked to compassion, connection and joy. And the universe ensured I had a base in that no matter how far I flung from it. But now for the first time, I am going inward, tackling not only intergenerational trauma, but navigating my own life - which included the ending of a 16 year relationship, distancing from biogical family as I refuse to be the scapegoat and heal their crap for them anymore, switching careers and managing ocd while figuring out what the next phase of my life looks like
I need a place to do erp I have debilitating ocd I’m on ssi for it and need someone that can do erp wit me.
Totally make use of NOCD
I can confidently say it is saving my life
you're not completely out of the obsession if you're trying to run from the emotions of it. accept that you won't always have a positive outcome after fighting your obsessions. sit with those negative emotions just as much as you sit with the positive emotions. it is still a compulsion to ignore your true emotions. maybe it is ok to just be sad after having your obsessions. hope this helps!