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Ruji Rahman – CBT, Compassion and Uncertainty

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In episode 156 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Ruji Rahman. Ruji is a London based CBT therapist. As well as being a psychotherapist Ruji herself has lived experience with OCD.

Ruji Rahman

In this episode I chat with Ruji about her OCD story, writing about her story, CBT, ERP, compassion in therapy, being flexible during therapy, importance of a therapist in doing exposures, and uncertainty. Hope it helps. 

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I assumed that this OCD was too weird

It was June 27, 2018, and a Wednesday almost like any other. I had just gotten back from the gym, and I decided to sit down in front of my computer and watch The Joe Rogan Experience with dinner. He was talking to his guest about the new God of War game, and I was preparing to eat a new veggie burger I hadn’t had before.

I took the first bite, and my throat immediately went sore. I have pollen allergies, so I thought that the fresh ingredients in the burger must have triggered my allergies that, up until this point, had caused no serious problems for me. So I took another bite, and I took another bite, and I took another bite. My throat progressively felt  funnier, as did my eyes. This had happened once before, and Benadryl made me feel better, so I figured that was the solution here too. I ran to the nearby supermarket and went to the medicine section.

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Dr Katia Moritz – The Core of OCD Treatment

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In episode 155 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Katia Moritz. Katia is a Clinical Director of the NeuroBehavioral Institute in Florida and is a licensed psychologist who treats OCD. She also wrote the children’s OCD book “blink, blink, clop, clop”.

In this episode I chat with Katia about her therapy story, her book “Blink, blink, clop, clop”, early detection in OCD, the NBI ranch, learning to live again, family interventions, advice for parents, learning to live with uncertainty, and why it takes a village to treat OCD. Hope it helps. 

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Catherine Benfield – Stigma reduction, the BBC and OCD

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In episode 154 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Catherine Benfield for the second time. Catherine runs the blog Taming Olivia, where she blogs about her experiences with OCD, focusing on perinatal and postnatal OCD, as well as advocates hard for the destigmatisation of OCD.

Catherine Benfield

In this episode I chat with Catherine about her story which was shared on the BBC news website, why she wrote an article to midwives, how to safely and effectively share your story with the press, reclaiming the term OCD from shops misusing it, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Jon Hershfield – Overcoming Harm OCD

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In episode 153 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Jon Hershfield. Jon is a psychotherapist who specialises in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. He is the author four books and in this episode he talks about his new book “Overcoming Harm OCD: Mindfulness and CBT Tools for Coping with Unwanted Violent Thoughts”.

In this episode I chat with Jon about his new book, harm obsessions, how to identify mental compulsions, mindfulness, acceptance scripts and much much more. Hope it helps. 

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Story: Jo Edge

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In episode 152 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Jo Edge. Jo kindly agreed to share her OCD story with us. It is raw, real and inspiring. 

Jo Edge

In this episode I chat with Jo about her OCD story, depression, separation anxiety, CBT therapy, learning to have hobbies, sleep, gratitude and a million other things. Hope it helps.

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Dr Russ Harris – The Happiness Trap

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In episode 151 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Russ Harris. Russ is a medical practitioner, author of the international best-selling book ‘The Happiness Trap’, and is an world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).

DR RUSS HARRIS

In this episode I chat with Russ about his therapy story, he demonstrates several exercises, we discuss the choice point, his book The Happiness Trap, living a value led life, applying ACT principals when feeling emotionally overwhelmed, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Jessica Emily – Littlest Lady (Redefining Trauma, & OCD)

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In episode 150 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Jessica Emily. Jessica is the creator of LittlesLady.com, and she’s kindly agreed to share her OCD and mental health story with us.

Littlest Lady - Jessica Emily

In this episode I chat with Jessica about her OCD story, abuse and trauma, therapy, her biggest epiphany in recovery, her work on LittlestLady.com, words of hope for those with OCD and experienced trauma. Hope it helps.

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Questioning Yourself, and Hubristic Overthinking

When I was eighteen, I started this relationship with a plucky, punky, quite typically teenage angst fellow eighteen year-old. Like a lot of teenage relationships, it was a questionable match, we had little in common and it was short-lived, the pair of us calling it quits shortly before I moved away to London for university.

Coincidentally, brought on by the unfamiliar surroundings of a daunting new environment, and having moved four hundred miles away from my home town, it was in these initial months that OCD began making a cameo in my day-to-day life. By the start of my second year, it had a leading role in my story.

However, after a few years of reflection, it’s finally occurred to me that the source of my OCD was not solely a substantial social, or academic shift; the people we meet and the interactions we have with others through our “outside lives” play a huge part in how we process, perceive and think about ourselves in our “inside lives”.

Around two to three weeks before I moved away for uni, I get a text. It’s from a close friend, we’ve known each other for countless years throughout school and college, and she’d been encountering her own severe issues with mental health for a number of months. As a rule of thumb, if a friend with mental health problems contacts you at one o’clock in the morning and says that they’re feeling “a bit off”, you should give them your full, undivided attention. We agree to meet up the following evening to have a chat about what she’s going through, and after a few drinks, she makes a tipsy, ill-advised pass at me. I tell her that, even in my own woozy and blurred state, it’s a terrible idea, we both in turn laugh it off, and I leave.

The following morning, I woke up in what felt like it wasn’t my body.

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I am growing, and so are you – Finding beauty in OCD growth

My story makes me a little frustrated to think about, being that I didn’t get diagnosed until I was 19 years old.  I have struggled with cleanliness OCD, HOCD, harm OCD and currently ROCD.

I grew up doing all kinds of physical compulsions, but didn’t know it was OCD. For example, I would check under my bed and in my closet every single night until I was 14. I knew nothing/no one was in there, but for some reason I felt inclined to keep checking. There was something about the unknown of a door and a sheet that kept me checking. I went through a season where I would wash my hands so many times that they would bleed, and my parents had to make me wear gloves with Vaseline in them to stop the bleeding.  But these weren’t the things that made me think something might be wrong. They just seemed like normal kid things to me.

When I was in high school I always thought I was just too focused on what people thought of me, but in reality I was obsessing about it. I would get fearful of opinions, and go to great lengths to make sure people liked me or that they approved of what I was doing. I would spend hours every night scrolling through comments on Facebook, or tweets on Twitter to make sure no one was talking about me, even though there was no reason to.  I knew something was off. It was like I couldn’t stop. I knew other people worried about this kind of stuff, but for me it would get stuck. I knew it went way past the normal self-esteem issues, but I did nothing about it until I went to college. That’s where it escalated.

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