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- 577d ago
There is no cure for OCD, and you'll almost always have intrusive thoughts. The key for CBT and ERP is to lessen the effects it has on you. Relapses will happen too, hopefully after time, they just become less and less detremintal on you.
This is true but when things are good i tend to get carried away and forget to do the work i did in therapy. I've if the last things my therapist got me to do was write an "Emergency worksheet" with lots of advice that i made a note of during therapy. It's a life saver, when i remember to use it!
that is why we have to continue implementing the concepts we learned in therapy. when we start to slack off, our old habits start coming back. as FinFin said, there is no "cure." therapy is not about curing mental illness or getting rid of it. that is not a realistic goal for any therapist or any mental illness! what a therapist does is teach you important coping skills that allow you to overcome these difficulties on your own. you have to keep up with them or the symptoms will return! it's not just OCD, it's every type of mental illness.