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The Intangible Demons in My Head: A Story of a 13 year old’s journey with OCD and Anxiety

I don’t wash my hands a hundred times a day. I don’t clean obsessively, or need things to be “just right”. I don’t count numbers, or switch light switches on and off. But I have OCD. Dear old OCD has been with me for a quite some time, and is always finding new ways to terrify me. Thanks again for that OCD.

For me, my OCD is mostly around intrusive thoughts and reassurance seeking. I remember my first intrusive thought, when I was just 9 years old, I couldn’t fall asleep, because I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was suffocating my dog with the blanket. I keep looking and checking on her, until I was certain it was off her and she could breathe. I felt if I didn’t keep checking, she would die, and it would all be my fault.

As I grew older, my GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and OCD symptoms grew larger and larger until they overflowed, and my parents knew it was time to take me to a therapist. My intrusive thoughts, or “bad thoughts” as I called them, revolved mostly around hurting myself, or killing myself. I was terrified that I would somehow manage to kill myself, and that because I thought that, it was going to happen. I avoided the kitchen, and couldn’t do anything dangerous in fear it would be me trying to commit suicide.

Let me make it clear that I was not going to do these things, but this is the nature of OCD, to make you doubt, doubt, doubt, fear the worst things, think the worst most “blasphemous” thoughts. Everytime I heard the word suicide, alarm bells, no freaking air raids go off in my head. I went into full panic. I write “were” because it used to be much worse. Although, this is still something I experience on a daily basis, it is much better than before.

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The OCD Camp – My conversation with 6 campers

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In episode 124 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed 6 of the campers who attended the first UK OCD camp, to find out more about their experiences and what they learned. 

The OCD Camp 2018

In this episode my 6 guests talk about the weekend and what they enjoyed about it, including: Not feeling alone, seeing others face their fears, the ambience of the camp, exposures, music, living a value led life, feeling safe to open up and share, as well as much much more. Hope it helps. 

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Peter Weiss – Camping, Nature and OCD (Ep105)

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In episode 105 I interviewed Peter Weiss. Pete is an OCD therapist based on Seattle. He has been co-running camps for kids and adults with OCD for 10 years. He was one of the therapists in the 2013 documentary Extreme OCD Camp. Pete is helping me set up a camp for adults with OCD in the UK.

Peter Weiss

In this episode Pete shares some tips for spending more time in nature, we talk about big foot, living a life of adventure, the benefits from his OCD camp for attendees, and his hopes for the UK camp. Enjoy! 

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Zoe Gillis – Disconnect to Reconnect

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In episode 96 I interviewed Zoe Gillis. Zoe is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who runs nature and mindfulness wilderness retreats.

Zoe Gillis

In this episode I chat with Zoe about nature feeling like a safer place to release emotion, overcoming fears in nature, focusing on the beauty of nature, how nature can benefit mental well-being, sensory mindfulness, putting the phone down, journal writing, getting comfortable being uncomfortable, noticing beauty around you, advice for the anxious hiker, and nature for beginners. Enjoy!


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Go wild: positive mental well-being

In episode 73 I continue the theme of nature and mental health by recording this episode in a nature reserve. I discuss more benefits of nature on mental well-being, fractal patterns and their calming effects and reference some more studies. I hope this inspires you to get out into nature. Enjoy!

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Nature and Growing Positive Mental Health

In episode 71 I talk about nature and its positive impacts on mental health. In the last century we have spent less time in nature, and I believe this has had a negative impact on our mental health. In this episode I talk about my experiences around how nature has helped my mental well-being, as well as drawing findings from studies on nature and mental health. I share some tips for spending more time in nature. Enjoy!

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