This week’s episode is sponsored by CBT Solutions. They are based in Maryland. Find out more here –CBTBaltimore.com
In episode 87 I interviewed Ryan Dumont. Ryan is an OCD wellness advocate, CEO of Dumont Innovative Technologies, and the author of the forthcoming book, “The Missing Peace: A Patient’s Guide to Recovery” that details a holistic, systematic approach to treat OCD. He also works with nOCD, a sponsor of this podcast.
In this episode I had a good chat with Ryan about his OCD story, how helping others can help recovery, advice for getting the most out of being an inpatient, lifestyle changes, the nOCD app, Ryan’s book, the importance of being patient, not letting OCD decide, making note and keeping track of progress. Enjoy!
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In episode 65 of the podcast I talk about The OCD Stories book. I discuss why I decided to curate this book, and my hopes for it, as well as sharing my gratitude for the people who have shared their stories over the last 18 months.
Author and model Lily Bailey wrote an inspiring foreword for the book, and Andreas Belanner kindly illustrated the book. Both former guests of the show. Thanks to the 16 authors who allowed me to share their stories with you. Enjoy!
In episode 61 of the podcast I interviewed Adam Shaw. Adam, 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.
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!
In episode 24 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Lily Bailey. Lily is a model and author. I interviewed her in episode 12 of the podcast to hear her story, and find what helped her in her journey. In this episode we talk about her new book “Because we are bad: OCD and a girl lost in thought”.
Photograph: Mauro Grigollo
In this episode we discuss “Because we are bad”, some of the things I highlighted in the book, the importance of community, how writing your own story can help and support groups. Enjoy…
In episode 18 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Katie. Katie d’Ath trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London before working at The Priory Hospital North London delivering both individual and group cognitive behavioural therapy. She now works a private practice, from North and Central London. Katie also co-authored the book “Managing OCD with CBT For Dummies”
In the episode we covered lots of topics on both how to overcome OCD and how to live a great life. Katie talks about the importance of looking after yourself with self love, why you should behave yourself out of the problem and CBT. It was a pleasure to talk with Katie, she knows her stuff and is a caring, knowledgable therapist. Enjoy…
In episode 12 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Lily Bailey. Lily is a writer and model. She is the author of the book Because we are bad: OCD and a girl lost in thought.
*At times in the podcast there are small burst of clicking noises. Just a recording issue our end, nothing wrong with your headphones 🙂
Photograph: Mauro Grigollo
Lily has a fascinating story and was fun to chat with. We talked about different therapies, keeping lists, religious OCD and what the book is about. Lily is very relatable, I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from her story and the advice she gives in this podcast. Enjoy!!!
In episode 9 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed David Adam. David is an editor and author of the book “The man who couldn’t stop”.
I had a good conversation with David, he’s a good lad (as we say in England). We talked about his book, how it came about and his OCD story. He talks about overcoming his HIV obsessions, how to do ERP effectively, accepting uncertainty and stigma. There is a lot of good advice in this interview for anyone struggling with OCD, but specifically “Pure O”. Enjoy!!!
never feel ashamed of ‘the cards you have been dealt.
Will I ever be alone? Imagine you are sat all alone in the park, You look around and see daylight but in your head it’s still dark. A guy sits beside you and begins to shout in your ear, He shouts and he screams words you don’t want to hear. Why is he now telling me to repeat things that I’ve done? I try so hard to fight him but I perform and he’s won. His voice slowly fades; once again I’m all alone, However now I’m a little scared to be in this world on my own. How can I speak out on this secret never shared? For this story I have to tell no-one can ever be prepared. I open my mouth to try and shout for help from my friends, But he comes back to sit beside me and his identity he defends. He tells me I’m crazy, I believe his flowing words, I will never be alone and once again I feel the hurt.
My book is titled ‘Me and My Bully’ and it offers an insight into my journey with ADHD, OCD and Self-harm.
I am a 30 year old female and I began treatment in 2008 at the beginning of my FE teaching career. I was frequently becoming overwhelmed with day to day life and at the time I was unaware that I had ADHD and OCD. When receiving support it was suggested that I put my thoughts onto paper as verbalising them was far too difficult; as a result writing became a much needed outlet. Over the years my conditions began spiralling downwards, the self-harm started and the worse things became the more I would write. Now, 7 years on, I have reached a point in my life where the conditions have become manageable, they still exist but at a level that is bearable… most of the time! Now, I wish to share my story in the hope that I can inspire others to dig deep, continue their fight and to never feel ashamed of ‘the cards they have been dealt.’