Are you seeing an ERP therapist? I think you will need that support
Yes through NOCD
@Just Breathe ❤️ That’s awesome!
The thoughts probably won’t reduce at first. We do compulsions to try to make the thoughts go away, so when we stop doing compulsions, the thoughts might feel multiplied or magnified for a while, and the urge to do compulsions is strong. But over time, your anxiety will go down and the thoughts won’t feel as big and scary. ERP can be very anxiety-provoking, but by going through that anxiety, you free your future self to live a full, happy life, unburdened by fear of intrusive thoughts. There is sadly no way to make it all go away. Everyone on the planet has intrusive thoughts; OCD just makes us fear the intrusive thoughts, which makes them difficult to accept and ignore. Medication can help if ERP alone isn’t enough.
I’m on medication but it’s only been a couple weeks. Erp has been so hard to do because I I have intrusive thoughts because of pocd and other family members. It’s terrible
@Just Breathe ❤️ Ah, it will probably take a little longer to see if the medication is helping. I know the ERP is extremely hard. Please believe it gets better. Try to be kind to yourself and speak up if you find the exposures too difficult to tolerate - therapist can always scale them back to be at a better level for where you are now.