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This inflated sense of responsibility can lead to feelings of guilt, shame, and isolation. However, by recognizing this pattern and using evidence-based strategies, it's possible to break free from this cycle.

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Living with OCD and anxiety can feel like being trapped in a never-ending cycle of responsibility. Whether it’s constantly checking the locks on your doors, avoiding certain places or people, or obsessing over whether you said the right thing, these conditions can make you feel like everything is your fault and that you are responsible […]

Breaking the Cycle of Responsibility in OCD and Anxiety

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As someone who has experienced the distressing symptoms of OCD, I understand how overwhelming and debilitating it can be to feel trapped in a cycle of intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. However, there are effective treatments available that can help manage and even overcome OCD symptoms, and one of the most effective treatments is Exposure […]

What Is Exposure and Response Prevention?

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One of the most common questions I get is “what are some good exposures for ___ OCD?” People really resonate with the subtypes of OCD, like contamination OCD, relationship OCD, sexual orientation OCD, pure O, and the list goes on and on. While subtypes exist to provide basic clinical information and to establish a sense of community for those who have this condition, identifying too strongly with the subtypes can lead to oversimplification of this disorder and its treatment.

As cliche as it sounds, every single person comes with their own uniqueness and nuances that cannot be simply explained away by identification of a subtype of OCD theme. The fact of the matter is that two people could very much resonate with a term like relationship OCD, yet have completely different triggers, rituals, obsessions, and therefore, completely different sets of exposures, different styles of response prevention that will be needed, and therefore, a different treatment plan.

What Are Some Good Exposures for my subtype of OCD/Anxiety?

OCD and Anxiety Basics

As someone who has struggled with anxiety and OCD in the past, I understand the challenges that come with these conditions. It can be easy to feel helpless and out of control when it comes to managing the symptoms of anxiety and OCD. However, it’s important to remember that there are many factors that can contribute to the development of these conditions, and that there are things you can do to help manage and even overcome them. You are not doomed – even though it may feel like it sometimes!

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