I believe you helped me earlier this week with this same topic, so I want to return the favor. Don’t do any of your own ERP, and please, don’t Google search (not saying you did, but that’s what I did) I’ve managed to get my anxiety level down, but the thoughts are still running rampant. However, I have started a new therapy as well. I’ve decided to try and attack my faulty beliefs about myself. The reason why is because I went through an SOCD phase for a few months from 2020-2021, and I managed it, but now I have a new fear and its been more intense and scary. Wanna know what both themes have had in common? They stem from how I view myself. And I had to ask myself, “should I just keep trying to control the thoughts every time a new theme develops or should I try to uproot the way I look at myself, where the thoughts originate?” Because let’s face it, why just control the thoughts if you have deep wounds where the intrusive thoughts get you when you’re feeling vulnerable? Like why are you feeling vulnerable should be the question at the end of the day, not just the thoughts. So anyways, I also started Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help me begin to shift the way I view myself. If you haven’t heard of it or haven’t tried it, I would def look into that if you have any…faulty core beliefs like I’ve had for several years.
Thank you 🙏🏼 and I’m glad you’re feeling better and making good changes!!!
@MCT Of course, keep that in mind. Really dig deep and see where the thoughts come from, if you know the root causes yet, that is.