I suffer from this. It is terrible, to be filled with images and thoughts about this theme. But ERP has helped me a lot.
What kinds of exposures have you done that have helped?
Yes 👍🏻 ERP therapy will help you. And not taking the thoughts so seriously.
The initial exposure is actually reading about the content online - the disgusting content, you are trying to avoid. I also used writing down thoughts - saying i want this. Recording this on tape and hearing it again and again. This causes a lot of anxiety.
Thank you so much. I’ve done similar exposures and although they’ve caused a lot of anxiety, it does help. The hardest part is accepting the uncertainty
There are more exposures, but these are the inital ones. Telling yourself - don't take these thoughts seriously won't help. At least they didn't help. Once anxiety decreases, the thoughts will bother you less and less and you will feel better. I still have the thoughts though, and still suffer from anxiety, but not that extreme. And am still doing ERP
I deal with this too.
Yep, erp helps A LOT. One day i just stopped thinking of these thoughts as important.