Exposure Lifestyle Day Five: Water

I was parked on the side of a road so my wife could breastfeed. She quickly let me know she needed water and that I should go get some. I begrudgingly agreed because we were not near any shops that would usually give out water. Across the road was a random skincare company. Now, it’s […]

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Anxiety Shorts: The Three Houses Rule

It’s been a while since I last posted because my wife just had a baby! We’re super excited!!!!!!! Now the dust has settled, I’m going to be back writing again. This article is a follow-up to my exposure lifestyle article on checking. Often in exposure therapy, many therapists do hypothesis testing exposures. This is where […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day Four: Not Checking

I cycled into work and locked my bike up. When I walked to the building elevator, going up to work, a thought crossed my mind. Thought: “Did I actually lock my bike?” Me: “I’m not sure, I don’t remember it at all.” Thought: “Remember that time you actually didn’t lock your bike? You should probably […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day Three: Picking Up Litter

I was walking to facilitate a support group for OCD. On the way I figured it would be a great opportunity to conduct an exposure that might be relevant for contamination OCD. I don’t mean to over-generalize, but with contamination OCD the obsession often involves fear of becoming sick, and the compulsion can include a […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day Two: Smile!

When you’re walking around it can be easy to avoid looking at people, by using your phone or simply looking down. Seriously, next time you’re out take a look at how many people are looking at their phones when walking around. The problem is that if you have any social anxiety this can just reinforce […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day One: Hairdresser

I received a Great Clips coupon in the mail last week so today I decided to go. My hair was getting far too long! First, I accidentally went to a different chain with the coupon, and it was only when I sat down with the hairdresser and mentioned the voucher that they said I was […]

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