Exposure Response Prevention is a methodical process to help in the recovery from OCD!
“If there’s three cans of Diet Coke, I’d throw one away instead of having three–because it has to be an even number.”
(International soccer star David Beckham’s admits to having OCD and it expresses itself by an obsession with pairing items and organizing them by number, color or type.)
Are any of these true for you or someone you love?
- You find yourself checking something over and over and over
- Numbers of things have to be either even or odd only.
- You have rampaging thoughts that cause you to do certain behaviors
- Those behaviors have to be done in a certain pattern or way
- You have extremely high anxiety especially if the above items do not get completed
If one family member is diagnosed with OCD, the entire family or caring community must deal with it.
10 Signs You or Your Child Have OCD
Presently there are estimated as many as one in 50 U.S. adults and 1 in 200 children are diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD tends to occupy a gray area in the public consciousness that’s marked more by myth than truth. Chalk it up to stereotypes or characters like Jack Nicholson’s in As Good as It Gets, but many people hold to a system of misconceptions about OCD that simply aren’t true. Here are 10 of the most recognized symptoms:
- Performs Excessive Rituals or Behaviors Frequently.
- There are thoughts or ideas that consume, frustrate and anger them.
- There are unusual actions taken by the person such as avoiding touch of normal items, walking around something in a strange way or behaving spastically for no reason.
- These thoughts are usually horrific, negative and based around unreal or false situations.
- Some person(s), place(s), event(s) or thing(s) trigger them into the excessive behavior and anxiety.
- These excessive behaviors increase unpredictably in scope, length and frequency.
- These excessive behavior follow no logical pattern or rules and only make sense to the person with OCD.
- These actions or behaviors hinder the person with OCD from living life as they have done in past.
- There is cover up, diverting of attention and lying about the behaviors.
- Sudden onset of behaviors and actions could be a sign of the OCD being caused by P.A.N.D.A.S or P.A.N.S.
Do you feel like your life is closing in on you?
My own life closed in with my daughter’s OCD, listen to me tell the story here
I learned and you can too that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Imagine if you could say:
- We have gone through a day without an episode of anxiety
- I feel confident that checking something only once is suffice
- My thoughts are more clear and positive
- I happy to be alive
- I am in control of my thoughts
- I can do the things I couldn’t with OCD
The answer is simple. You need to:
- Step 1)Understand the things that trigger your OCD
- Step 2)Follow Family OCD’s 10 Steps to Freedom
- Step 3)Live a full and happy life
ERP is a combination of the persistence, time, willingness and standing up to OCD. It is not an easy process, it takes time to go through, it takes courage and it is one of the best methods for overcoming OCD.
Some people believe that this ERP therapy can be done on their own with the help of their therapist. ERP is a methodical, time consuming process that needs a plan to accomplish. Many times there is resistance from the person with OCD and family members or close friends are just too close to be able to make the process a success.
My coaching can work with you and your therapist or just with you and your family using ERP combined the other tools I use in my practice to step you through your recovery from OCD.
I have a 10 step process called the 10 Steps to Freedom from OCD where I can help you to establish a plan, help you to implement the plan, hold your hand (even virtual hand if you are outside my office location and see you through to the other side of OCD.
If you are ready to move ahead!
If you are ready to start the process!
If you are ready to say good bye to OCD!
If you are ready to get your life back!
Then simply fill out this form or call me at 704-562-1630 and begin…