While it is generally recommended to work with a qualified therapist for ERP (exposure and response prevention) therapy, there are some strategies you can try on your own. However, keep in mind that self-guided ERP may not be as effective as therapy guided by a professional. Here are some steps you can take:Can I do erp myself for these imaginary scenarios playing in my mind?
I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling sad and tired. It's not uncommon to experience these feelings, especially after a period of stress or when the weather is gloomy. It's important to remember that your emotions are valid, even if there doesn't seem to be a clear reason for them.This day has been somewhat difficult even as nothing special hasn't happened. I feel sad and really tired partly due to dark weather. It feel somewhat hard to accept how I feel even as I think I just need rest. I have had somewhat stressful few weeks abd now when hopefully things are getting bit easier I feel tired and a bit empty
I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing fear and triggering reactions related to the prospect of war, as well as distressing nightmares and vivid images. It's understandable that traumatic events in the past can have a lasting impact on our emotional well-being.I am scared of war breaking out even as ot doesn't seem that likely at the moment. Amy news regarding wars are really triggering to me where ever they happen and can cause me to have nightmares and vivid mental images of me or my loved ones getting in the middle of war. What can I do? Is this related to pstd or ocd or bit both? This started due to traumatic event that's happened a few years ago. I just seem to got stuck and I am not sure how to move on from my trauma.
It's insightful that you've noticed a pattern in your OCD-related "what if" scenarios. OCD often tries to convince us that engaging in these repetitive thoughts or actions will prevent something bad from happening. However, as you've observed, these scenarios tend to end up negatively regardless of the decision you make.I have been doing what if-scenarios with my ocd side and I start to notice that what if I would do, the ocd always ends up situation ending up badly for me. That felt kind of eye opening as ocd trues to convince me that it is just there to make sure that everything has been notified in decision making but somehow these scenarios only end up badly if I allow them to run their course
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) thinking differs from normal thinking in a few key ways. Here are some characteristics of OCD thinking:How does ocd thinking differ from normal thinking process? How does it appear and what keeps it alive?
Assessing risks in a more realistic way is a skill that can be developed with practice. Here are some strategies to help you improve your ability to assess risks:How could I get better at assessing risks more realistic ways?