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Harris Goldberg – Relapse, stress and recovery

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In episode 126 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Harris Goldberg for the second time. Harris is a director, writer and producer. He co-wrote the comedy Deuce Bigolow: Male Gigalo, and in 2007 wrote and directed the film NUMB, inspired by his own experiences of mental health.

Harris Goldberg

In this episode I chat with Harris about many topics including his recent relapse, his OCD story, managing stress, maintaining mental well-being, managing anxiety on a movie set, his biggest epiphany in recovery, what he would tell his 20-year-old self, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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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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