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Acceptance

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Kimberley Quinlan – Badass Radical Acceptance for OCD

In episode 92 I interviewed Kimberley Quinlan. Kimberley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who treats people with OCD and related disorders, Eating Disorders and Body Focused Repetitive Disorders. She runs her own podcast called Your Anxiety Toolkit. Kimberley also trained at the OCD centre of Los Angeles, and later became the clinical director.

Kimberley Quinlan

In this episode I chat with Kimberley about radical acceptance. We discuss what is radical acceptance, accepting thoughts doesn’t mean agreeing with them, accepting the thought not the content of the thought, “as it is”, difference between pain and suffering, the second arrow story, how radical acceptance is useful for OCD recovery, practice radically accepting in non-OCD areas to build up the skill, curiosity, the yes meditation, and the loving yourself. Enjoy!


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Mark Freeman – Internet Addiction, OCD and Living in Uncertainty

In episode 37 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Mark Freeman. Mark is an OCD/mental health author, coach and YouTuber. He is the co-founder of the blog Everybodyhasabrain. If you watched Dr Steven Hayes most recent TED talk you may have noticed the cool illustrations on his presentation slides, these were done by Mark.

Mark Freeman

I chat with Mark about why phone and internet addiction affects OCD and how to deal with this. We talk about acceptance and commitment therapy including living by your values. Mark shares how he is bringing mindfulness to everyday activities. We discuss in detail how to deal with false memories. Enjoy.


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You can also listen on Android and over devices through most podcast apps, such as Stitcher.

This podcast is also brought to you by nOCD. Download the app for free and they will donate $0.50 to an OCD charity on your behalf: http://m.treatmyocd.com/ocdstories

Get $30 of your first month with Talkspace.com/ocdstories as a The OCD Stories listener. To get the discount click the link or download the app and use the code OCDSTORIES. Ask for an OCD therapist who specialises in CBT/ERP.

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Adam Strauss – Comedy, Recovery and Psychedelics

DISCLAIMER – This is an exploratory interview into the potential of psychedelics as a treatment for OCD. This is NOT a how to guide. If you take psychedelics, you do so at your own risk. 

In episode 35 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Adam Strauss. Adam is a comedian, who has OCD and has used psychedelics as part of his recovery. He created a one man show about his journey with OCD and his recovery. The show is called The Mushroom Cure and is the winner of the overall excellence award at the New York fringe festival.

The Mushroom Cure Poster

I chat with Adam about his battles with BDD, OCD, OCPD and Anxiety. We explore his journey into using psychedelics in his treatment of OCD. We discuss the legality of it all, as well as the research around these psychedelics. Adam suggests how with enough research we could make them legal for medicinal reasons and have dedicated clinics to administer these drugs alongside therapy. We discuss the importance of acceptance in OCD recovery and how embracing death can inspire you. This was one very thought provoking interview. Enjoy.


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To listen on iTunes click the button, or go to iTunes and search “The OCD Stories“. If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe and leave a review. It helps us reach more people who need to hear these remarkable stories of recovery!

You can also listen on Android and over devices through most podcast apps, such as Stitcher.

This podcast is also brought to you by nOCD. Download the app for free and they will donate $0.50 to an OCD charity on your behalf: http://m.treatmyocd.com/ocdstories

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Harm OCD, OCD

My 40 year journey with OCD

I am coming to terms with the fact that thoughts are just thoughts

I have had OCD for 40 years.

In 1973, when I had my first intrusive thought (to stab my mother with a kitchen knife) up until 2005 (checking and rechecking moles to see if they were cancerous), I assumed I was just a weird worrier. After all my mother did it too so I figured it couldn’t be that abnormal.

But by 2005 the fear became so loud and the checking became so time consuming that I knew something wasn’t right. And the obsessions became more and more bizarre.

As most people do, I did research on the Internet. It appeared as if I might have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. There wasn’t a description of my specific obsession (and that worried me) but my behavior seemed to fit the OCD pattern.

I started seeing a therapist. I started seeing a psychologist. With their help I began to get better. Prozac helped too.

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Dr Chad LeJeune on Worry, ACT and Breathing

In episode 20 (say whattttt) of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Chad LeJeune. Chad is a professor of psychology at the University of San Francisco. He has more than 20 years experience treating people with anxiety problems. He is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and was among the first clinicians to receive training in acceptance and commitment therapy. Chad is also the author of the book “The Worry Trap” which is reviewed at 4.9 stars out of 5.

Dr Chad LeJeune

I chat with Chad about his book, breathing techniques to lower anxiety, why caring is better than worrying, how to live a value based life that is meaningful to you. We discuss how OCD and anxiety is a spectrum, and that it can affect everyone. Chad shares some great metaphors during the talk that will bring acceptance and commitment therapy to life. Enjoy…

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