I'll give you my p.o box if you ship me a sunflower
Haha here I’ll give you a free one right now… 🌻
It would be nice if there was a magic wand that could make bad experiences and memories vanish. I have been doing ERP for about 3 months now. ERP helps get rid of the anxiety so you can process it and let it go. No matter how much we want to, the past cannot be changed. But you can learn from it. Let go of the shame and the guilt. ERP can help you get some distance and help you see things from a different perspective. Does that makes sense?
I think that actually does make some sense, thank you Lms526. 😊 But also, ERP is supposed to bring on stress and anxiety too, right? I mean, at least for awhile I imagine?
@Drew777 Yes, the point of ERP is to trigger your anxiety and then not do any compulsions. This will rewire your brain and teach it that the intrusive thoughts are not a threat. Intrusive thoughts are not the problem. Everyone has them. The real problem is the anxiety and the meaning we attach to them.
Yes that makes sense! I think I just wish sometimes that therapists would teach how to integrate erp with realistic daily struggles. Erp helps with ocd but a lot of times life events also need to be addressed as well without undermining your erp work which is hard.
@Have a sunflower🌻 I think that will come with time. My therapist told me that the goal of ERP is to learn how to use it in real life situations and triggers.
@Lms526 Oh good I sure hope so! Thanks for the advice!