Adam Shaw – Pulling The Trigger (OCD Recovery)

OCD recovery is a marathon, so I am running the Brighton marathon (26 miles) – help me raise money for OCD UK here: JustGiving.com/theocdstories

In episode 61 of the podcast I interviewed Adam ShawAdam, along with Lauren Callaghan co-wrote the book “Pulling the trigger – OCD, Anxiety, panic attacks and related depression. A definitive survival and recovery approach”. Adam also founded the mental health charity The Shaw Mind Foundation.

Adam Shaw

 I had a good chat with Adam. We talk about suicide, why reassurance is a nasty drug, taking a punt on recovery, facing fears not fighting them and living a life beyond OCD. This is an inspiring talk, hope it helps. Enjoy!


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Show notes:

Adam’s story (3:50)

Getting help (7:00)

The pulling the trigger approach to OCD recovery (14:10)

Compassion in OCD recovery (26:00)

The Shaw Mind Foundation (29:20)

Adam’s advice for living an amazing life (35:00)

Find out more about Adam:

Website: ShawMindFoundation.org

Twitter: @Shaw_Mind

“Pulling the trigger” by Adam Shaw and Lauren Callaghan (Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.com)

Petition for getting mental health taught in school – Our national crusade for compulsory mental health education


OCD recovery is a marathon, so I am running the Brighton marathon (26 miles) – help me raise money for OCD UK here: JustGiving.com/theocdstories


Lauren Callaghan


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No therapists in your country, or area? 7 day free trial access: https://www.betterhelp.com/ocd – Read the below.

In an ideal world you would see a therapist for ERP (or ACT) in your area to treat your OCD. But sadly this isn’t possible for everyone. Therapists who treat OCD are growing in number, but until everyone is within access to a therapist, technology can help.

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The beauty of this service is not only getting help where ever you are, if you get matched with a therapist who you think doesn’t treat OCD you can request a “rematch”, you can keep doing this until you find a therapist you like and can help with your OCD. When selecting ask them about their experience and qualifications in treating OCD.

7 day free trial access: https://www.betterhelp.com/ocd

Why not use the ERP tracking app by nOCD with your new therapist – download here (it’s free): http://m.treatmyocd.com/ocdstories

BetterHelp has therapists from all disciplines not just CBT, ERP and ACT. Please ask them if they do ERP, and CBT for OCD. Unless at this time you just want someone to chat with about non-OCD issues.

To your success,
Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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