I am still far from recovery but ERP has allowed me to overcome my fear and anxiety regarding unwanted groinal responses. They used to send me into full on panic, but now I know they’re meaningless.
I have started ERP and I have had three sessions so far. They have been really hard and anxiety provoking, but I can feel it working already.
@Ope My response yesterday definitely scared me and made me feel weird. But I know I need to keep going. It’s so scary but I need it.
@Ope Yesterday I felt a lot of arousal. It was really unnerving and anxiety provoking.
@Ope Yes. It definitely felt like proof for my intrusive thoughts.
@Ope Thanks!! I know that if I stop now it’ll get worse and I want it to get better, so I’m pushing through.
I did this post for positive posts… there’s too much negativity on here so please can we share positive stories ♥️
It all starts with negatives but becomes positives when doing ERP. While my post sounded more negative, I’m beyond happy I’m doing the treatment and I can feel it working. It takes a long time, and it’s not a straight line but it works and you will get better.
Although I have been practicing ERP for a short time, I feel much more educated and capable of handling my ocd. I didn't even think I had ocd up until a year ago, when i had been struggling for 15 years. :)
Can I ask which theme you deal with and if it has reduced? ☺️ x
@O94 Sexual orientation, relationship, and harm ocd mainly...at the moment. I have been in talk therapy (super bad for OCD), but when I am just doing ERP, it is good :)
@alexisrae1999 Do you feel ERP helps differentiate HOCD and your actual orientation ? I’m starting this week! X
@O94 I am beginning to feel the ability to differentiate things, but I am also under a tremendous amount of stress at the moment...stress and ocd is like fire and ice haha. I'll say that at first ERP will feel super wrong and make you want to die 😂 but its because ocd hates it
@alexisrae1999 Do you feel your heading in the right direction? X
@O94 I sure hope so :) once I graduate and start doing ERP with a therapist instead of on my own i think things will continue moving forward!