Exposure Therapy

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Yesterday I was way out of my comfort zone, meeting parents at practice for Brighton, then a game for Bowie, followed by a dinner at a restaurant.

When we face our triggers in real life, it is called exposure therapy.

If we avoid often, we go out and engage people, take perceived risks, and challenge our PTSD.

The ballgame was at a park with four fields in a circular pattern.

Four times the fans, a crowd greeted me at the game.

After the initial shock, my thoughts patterns freaked out then settled down.

We can expect an anxious reaction, so having a plan to calm ourselves in the midst of unrest is a necessity.

What a day. I was exhausted but thrilled at the risks taken yesterday.

Oh yes, take time to re-energize, today I will take it easy and soothe my frayed nerves a little.

Healing is an everyday challenge, a call to arms.

Do you use Exposure Therapy?
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12 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for sharing this … Exposing ourselves to our triggers in a measured way is definitely an essential part of the healing journey.

  2. We need to challenge our perceived boundaries

    Taking calculated risk is important

    I observe my negative thought patterns in mundane situations sense of danger

    It will never be seamless but we need to improve

  3. Yes, I absolutely agree with you!

  4. Exposure therapy is difficult and scary

    I use mediation as my first safe exposure therapy

    In due time I confront my triggers in real life

  5. Great job!!! I know how hard that can be.
    I went to the movies the other day for the first time in years. It was definitely exposure therapy for me and it was extremely difficult getting past the anxiety of it, but I’m glad I did it.

  6. I was agoraphobic for a while

    That was insane time

    It is never easy is it?

    Without conscious thought look how we avoid

  7. I truly believe I have some sort of agoraphobia going on. If it’s out of my normal routine, it brings me so much panic and I just don’t go out. I don’t go to stores or shopping or anything. Rarely I’ll go out with my husband. If I don’t HAVE to, I just don’t.
    It’s definitely easier to avoid. But I guess easier isn’t always right.

  8. You have a husband

    That is a big plus

    Does he understand

    Sometimes it is just a calculation

    What r benefits going out versus risk

    I have lost interest in things

  9. Definitely a risk benefit assessment each time. Loss of interest is a big problem, but I’m trying hard to push through that…I don’t want to feel trapped and stuck inside of myself forever.

  10. A mate can be of great support

    It’s hard to navigate a relationship

    We want to avoid they may want to engage

  11. Posted by rudid96 on April 17, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Exposure Therapy? Every day is an opportunity to engage in one form or another of Exposure Therapy. Some days there’s success in inching the PTSD response to the background. On other days, I notice the need to articulate a lot more self-compassion for those parts that need more time to grow stronger.

  12. Everyday is a challenge

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