Tuesday, September 27, 2016
How do I know I will get better?
4:30 pm edt
Practically anyone can do exposure therapy and
get rid of excessive anxiety. Exposure is the only therapy that is endorsed by all national anxiety organizations, whether
it is OCD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, panic disorder, PTSD, and phobias. If a therapist does not use exposure as their
main technique, they will not help you. It is not sufficient if they say they use CBT. CBT is a very general term
that includes dozens of techniques, including many that are not helpful to anxiety and some which will make it worse. Exposure
is a special CBT technique specifically for anxiety disorders.
Moreover, you've been doing exposure
your whole life and successfully overcome hundreds of fears. It's normal to be nervous or fearful in a new situation--the
first day at a new school or job, the first time you met your significant other, the first time you did a new activity. Yet
you overcame your initial fears by continuing to do the uncomfortable activity; that's exposure! Some have even become
sources of great joy---a new sport or career, a happy marriage, etc. (to be continued)