Fear of Death and CBT. Can CBT actually help this fear? I have OCD and fear many illnesses so how can CBT address this? I do not have just one specific fear...the fears can be of many different types of diseases and illnesses.

Yes, cognitive behavioral

Yes, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you overcome your fear of death. For example, many people with OCD contamination concerns are ultimately afraid of dying. This is helped in two ways. First, by exposure
(the person is exposed to the things they are afraid of and they see it does not make them die). For fears that are off i the future this is dealt with through imaginal exposure (making a story about dying a terrible death in the future and listening to it over and over. By the end of the treatment you fear of death is greatly reduced. However everyone is afraid of death and we cannot eliminate this fear completely. It is normal to want to live! If somebody had a dangerous, contagious illness, it would make sense to stay away from them. But CBT can help to cure your irrational fear. Rational fears will remain.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist specializing in OCD

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