According to the International OCD Foundation, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is the gold-standard treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Color Your Fears: A Workbook Using Exposures to Combat OCD Obsessions, was created by the founders of the letter-writing project, Not Alone Notes. This coloring book is meant to be a tool used in ERP with a therapist or for therapy homework.
Inside are blank coloring pages, each vaguely representing a common OCD “theme,” such as an empty report card for a fear of getting bad grades, a light switch for a fear of fires, and a toilet for a fear of germs. Each page is also paired with a blog post-like story to provide both instructions and a reminder that you are not alone.
We encourage you to color in these pages in ways that support exposure therapy. Maybe you write yourself getting straight C’s on the report card, and then you put the colored page visible near your desk. Or you could draw fires starting because the light switch wasn’t turned off “just right.” Most importantly, do not feel limited by the themes suggested with each page. OCD is exceptionally creative, so there is no reason we can’t be creative with our exposures.