“It has been quite a year,” is likely an understatement for most of us. But spring is around the corner, and I am feeling hopeful for the days ahead. I hope you are too.
Speaking of hope, there is so much hope for those who are suffering with OCD. While the pandemic has wreaked havoc on all of our lives, many people with OCD have had a particularly difficult time. I know, just from emails I’ve received, that a lot of people dealing with the disorder have experienced some very dark days.
So where is this hope? For all of us, there appears to be a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. And for those with OCD, additional hope comes in the form of exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, the evidence-based, gold standard therapy used to treat OCD.
As I have said many times, one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with OCD is finding a qualified therapist – an expert an ERP therapy. This problem has gotten a little easier to solve, thanks to nocd, which I have written about before.
In keeping with our theme of hope, I’d like to end this post with the last paragraph of my nocd post:
About a year ago, Dan told me he signed up for an OCD research study at a teaching hospital to earn a little extra money. He completed all the paperwork and testing, but was rejected for the study. Why? Clinically, he did not meet the criteria for having OCD. What a testament to my son’s courage and determination to beat this insidious disorder, with the help of ERP therapy.
If he can do it, you can too!