Dr. Jonathan Hoffman
Exposures Are My Safe Place
Updated: Jul 19, 2022
OCD has me in an endless race
trying to find a mental safe place.
One that’s absent of doubts and fears
providing immediate relief if danger nears.
Instantly resolving uncertainty or imperfection
offering reassurance for upsetting perceptions.
A place where harm is completely avoided
and every intrusive thought is null and voided.
That’s my dream … no, it’s a nightmare from OCD
taking over my life as a ransom—for a fantasy!
As if anyone could gain permanent security
by performing rituals, overtly and obscurely.
I’ve been falling for false promises from OCD
but through its sneaky tricks I’m starting to see.
Because there’s a better way that could set me free
a treatment about facing my worries, called ERP.
Those initials mean Exposure and Response Prevention.
The gold standard approach to OCD, I might mention.
Instead of fleeing, my mental state I’ll learn to accept
with exposure to upsetting thoughts and images, step-by-step.
While rituals and avoidances, I will inhibit,
discomfort management I’ll instead exhibit.
Studies show if I’m willing to practice ERP.
the more confident and skilled in it I will be.
And by using relapse prevention to stay on the ball,
I can overcome any setbacks once and for all.
It’s long been said to keep your enemies near,
OCD is no exception, just to be clear.
The best thing is, the opportunities I’ll no longer waste.
Who could imagine exposures would be my true safe place?
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