Uncertainty, Before ERP: intolerable agony. Even a sliver of uncertainty would collapse my entire self. It was torture, hell on earth. I didn’t think I could stand it for one more minute. And, in fact, because of that intense pressing need to erase the uncertainty, I’d usually do something to alleviate the ugly anxiety … but compulsions prevent you from realizing that you can live one more minute. And then another. And as the minutes stack up, you start to get used to the cold water. In fact, it stops feeling icy.
Uncertainty After ERP: uncomfortable still, but necessary. These days uncertainty feels like a built-in, expected part of life. It’s no one’s favorite thing to experience, but I experience it much the same way as the general population. It’s not an emergency; it’s just an inconvenience. And because I learned that I could survive– and even thrive– by embracing uncertainty, I actually love it more than most people.
Uncertainty isn’t the enemy. ERP can set you free.
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Great post, Jackie. I’ve never seen anyone with OCD compare uncertainty before and after ERP. Thanks for the insight, and you are so right: uncertainty is not the enemy………it’s just how life works!
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Jackie, this was great as always. I printed it out to give to the ladies in a new OCD support group I am facilitating that started this week. Thanks for being an amazing advocate for ERP and OCD awareness.
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