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therapy for OCD GAD (help please, i'm confused)

Posted by chess on August 25, 2005, at 10:13:43

i have ocd (pure-o) and gad (general anxiety disorder) and panic disorder also

my confusion is that when experiencing anxiety and fearing that i might go crazy or lose control or die or something terrible, the ocd therapy is to accept uncertainty and not avoid or retreat from a situation and say to myself "well, i could go crazy or lose control or die" and not do any reassurance statements or safety behaviors, while the GAD-PD therapy is to reassure oneself that anxiety never leads to a person going crazy or losing control or dying.

my ocd therapist says that i must not reassure myself in any form of self-talk or behavior, while my anxiety therapist says there is nothing wrong with a person reassuring themselves with reassuring self-talk (the reassurance comes from yourself and not from anyone or anything else)

i think that reassuring myself would be okay, especially if it helps me to engage and stay in situations that make me anxious, but then i always wonder if my ocd therapist is right

can anyone relate to my confusion?




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