every type of ocd happens "mentally" so I'm guessing you're talking about the type that doesn't have visible compulsions (pure ocd). Well yes, ERP helps with any type of ocd because it helps you accept uncertainty and desensitizes your reaction to the intrusive thoughts
Yes but how can practically happen that? I know that in ERP you get exposed to the trigger, but you learn how to not do the compulsion. When you are mentally struggling with a though how can ERP help? I don't know much about it since in my country this therapy is not known.
@anonymous34563 I would reccomend starting by doing your best to disregard your OCD thoughts. You might not be able to do that completely, but try to do it as much as possible. A good statement would be: “Ok OCD, I hear and understand you trying to tell me that (insert obesssion here) might be true, but I don’t really care what you think, so you can scream at me all you like, but I’m not scared of you. I’m going to go do (insert normal life activity here) instead.” This might all feel fake at first, but the more you do it, the more you will start to see your OCD fears as unimportant. The main thing is to show that you’re in charge, and OCD is not.
@anonymous caterpillar 🐛 I know but sometimes it's like these second thoughts/doubts confuse me because they are triggered by an actual event and I can't distinguish reality from ocd. I have -among other things- rocd and generally ocd that has to do with my relationships with other people and the problem is that I get too sensitive if something happens and I'm starting to doubt them.. this can have in just a second destructive consequences. I overreact and then I feel sorry. The problem is that I can't distinguish when sth that happens is a red flag or is just absurd. I can't seem to have a reality. It's frustrating. I don't know when I have to worry and feel sad/angry about sth or not. This has a result me getting super sensitive and fill of insecurities and second thoughts. That's why I was wondering how ERP can help. Sorry for the long text I'm just so tired
@anonymous34563 It can be hard to tell the difference between an OCD thought and a real life one. I would reccomend asking yourself if someone you know (you can choose a very responsible person, just make sure they either don’t have OCD or don’t have the same themes as you), and ask yourself if they would be concerned about it. If the answer is no, you should disregard it.
@anonymous caterpillar 🐛 Thanks again 😊
@anonymous34563 No problem!
@anonymous34563 It helps because you get exposed to your fears and then your reaction get desensitized and then your fear simply stops bothering you.