I am beginning Exposure and Response Prevention therapy. It is difficult to deal with this heightened anxiety, as I am not able to participate in my compulsions (many of which I've been doing for years). How do you all find ways to cope while doing school work/things that require real attention? Does this get easier?
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Abbey, this is incredibly relatable and represents a problem that we all can probably speak on too. When I first started doing regular ERP, it literally felt so wrong. Trying to balance work, school, relationships, leisure, and self care with recovery is so challenging and truly part of the barriers that people who have OCD have to deal with when accessing their values.
I love using humor and comedy with my friends who also have OCD. For example, I love going to instagram and looking at OCD memes (holla at the HQ Instagram for some upcoming memes), and I often send snapchats or texts to some of my closest supporters, because there's something quite healing about remembering that you're suffering in community. There are some great mantras and and sayings that I like to remind myself of too- "Every inch is a mile" and "You already know that rituals weren't working, so it's time to try something different" are a couple of my favorites. They are courtesy of some fantastic coaches and counselors.