OCD-related blogs I have been reading:
The other day, there was a post on Lolly’s Hope that seriously could have been written by me, only a couple years ago. It told how she was nervous that she’d been rude to the secretary at the doctor’s office and was wondering if she should call back and apologize. OCD induces such confessions and apologies that are not necessary, simply because the obsession causes such PANIC, and the confession/apology temporarily alleviates that panic. Your heart will be racing, as well as your mind, believing that things must be solved NOW and that you are going to feel this terrible panicky sensation UNTIL things are solved. That’s why most of us give in right away. Heck, I’m the girl who emailed Caribou corporate because my barista gave me a 10-cent discount and I felt guilty as all get-out. Ridiculous, right?
I’ve been reading things from people at all different stages– people who have never heard of CBT/ERP (cognitive-behavioral therapy/exposure and response prevention), people who are undergoing it now, and people like myself– who have gone through that hell, survived it, and are HAPPY on the other side!
I can see clearly now that I’ve undergone CBT. I am a huge proponent of it as THE BEST TREATMENT THERE IS FOR OCD. Yes, it is one of the most difficult things I have ever done, but God has given me my life back through it. It was all worth it. And the eyesight of my head and heart is 20/20 again!!!
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