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What Is ERP? How Do I Do ERP?

What is ERP? ERP is an acronym for Exposure and response prevention therapy. In short it involves the therapist, coach or individual to expose the OCD sufferer or themselves to their OCD fears and then to reframe from ritualising or doing a compulsion.

This can be a painful form of therapy, as it forces you to spike in anxiety, often opening yourself up to the obsessive and intrusive thoughts, but instead of checking or doing some other compulsion, you must refrain from releasing the anxiety through compulsions. Instead you must live in the fear and anxiety, until it decreases.

In this video I’ll explain ERP and with the help of a Go Pro show you how to implement it.

ERP isn’t easy, but it is simple. ERP takes commitment and persistence. Your anxiety will spike considerably. It will seem like something bad will happen. Don’t fight it, just learn to accept it. The more you do ERP on your various compulsions the more anxiety will decrease over time. You will find that your obsessive and intrusive thoughts will also diminish as time goes on. As you have retrained your brain to not fear in these situations.

In summation:

  • Expose yourself
  • Respond differently
  • Repeat

ERP can be incredibly tough. I recommend seeing a therapist or getting a coach to guide you through it.

Best of luck and drop me an email if you have any more questions.

Stu

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