Jon Hershfield – False memory (& real event) OCD (#294)

In episode 294 I interviewed Jon Hershfield. Jon is a psychotherapist and the director of The Center for OCD and Anxiety, at Sheppard Pratt. He is the author of six OCD books, including his most recent book the 2nd edition of, “The mindfulness workbook for OCD”.

I chat with Jon about what’s new with him, what is false memory OCD, real event OCD, the problem with compulsively reviewing memories or thoughts, how this theme of OCD links into moral scrupulosity, some of the compulsions linked to this theme, dealing with the uncertainty, rumination, when you’re worried to go to therapy, mindfulness around this theme, why the difference between a false memory or a real one doesn’t matter and why we shouldn’t try to figure it out, why drinking alcohol can make OCD worse, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/jon-hershfield-false-memory-294

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Story: Micah Howe (#293)

In episode 293 I interviewed Micah Howe who has kindly agreed to share his story with us.

I chat with Micah about his OCD story, growing up as an evangelical Christian, his early memories of anxiety, fears of perfection, worries of offending people, how OCD impacted his faith, hoarding behaviours, scrupulosity, health anxiety, the process of getting therapy, advocacy, medication, setting up an IOCDF affiliate in IOWA, words of hope, and much more.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-micah-howe-293

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Nathan Peterson – Doing an exposure (ERP) vs. being exposed (#292)

In episode 292 I interviewed Nathan Peterson. Nathan is an OCD specialist who practices in Allen, Texas. He works with OCD, anxiety, tics and Tourettes, and BFRB’s such as hair pulling and skin picking. He has a YouTube channel where he posts weekly videos about OCD and other anxiety related disorders.

I chat with Nathan about his therapy journey, the difference between doing an exposure (ERP) vs. being exposed, examining the day ahead to find opportunities for proactive ERP and identifying compulsions, why it’s important to actively do ERP vs being exposed, the importance of reducing compulsions to help our brains learn new information around the things we worry about, ideas for sticking to ERP homework, and much more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/nathan-peterson-292

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Story: Payton (#291)

In episode 291 I interviewed Payton who has kindly agreed to share her story.

We chat about her story, religious OCD, relationship OCD, somatic OCD, her compulsions, panic attacks, disassociation, getting misdiagnosed, getting therapy for OCD, opening up to her family about her experiences, how her boyfriend helps out with some of her ERP homework, her experience of working with a therapist through NOCD, what else helps her, misophonia, words of hope, and much more.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-payton-291

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Dr Steven Phillipson: Two of the most common spike themes of OCD (#290)

In episode 290 I interviewed Dr Steven Phillipson. Steven is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD. Steven is the Clinical Director at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy in New York.

We discuss two of the most common spike themes of OCD: What if this never goes away, and how do I know this is OCD and not an authentic concern?, he normalises the process of OCD and the emotions that fuel it, the mistakes some people make in their recovery mindset, when OCD pops up in your mind when you wake, we discuss the idea of irrelevance, the recovery mindset, he shares plenty of examples and illustrations, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/dr-steven-phillipson-290

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Story: Malia (#289)

In episode 289 I interviewed Malia who has kindly agreed to share her story.

I chat with Malia about her story, her earliest OCD memory, emetophobia, somatic obsessions, medication, how the themes of OCD changed over the years, postpartum OCD, depersonalisation/derealisation, feeling guilty because of the thoughts, going through intensive outpatient treatment, how her husband also meet with other family members for OCD support, how her mindset of OCD has changed, words of hope, and much more. Hope it helps. 

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-malia-289

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Dr Elizabeth Forrester – Rumination (#288)

In episode 288 I interview Dr Elizabeth Forrester. Liz is a consultant clinical psychologist in London.

I chat with Liz about her therapy story, her research into rumination, normalising intrusive thoughts, the difference between thinking and thought, the process of rumination, examples of rumination, healthy vs unhealthy distraction, what actually is exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), words of hope, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/dr-liz-forrester-288

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Story: Saleha Hansbhai (#287)

In episode 287 I interviewed Saleha Hansbhai who has kindly agreed to share her story.

I chat with Saleha about her story, her earliest OCD memory, violent intrusive thoughts, religious themed OCD, seeking reassurance, checking, confessing, getting multiple incorrect diagnoses, having suicidal thoughts, medication, later on experiencing suicidal themed OCD, getting hospitalised, eventually getting the right diagnosis, starting ERP, going to the IOCDF conference, meeting others with OCD, relapsing, how her father now uses her experience to educate others in the Muslim community who are suffering, why she shares her story, words of hope, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-saleha-287

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

Story: Marion Maw – Advocacy in New Zealand (#286)

In episode 286 I interviewed Marion Maw who has kindly agreed to share her family story and advocacy in New Zealand.

In this episode I chat with Marion about her daughter’s OCD story, and her parent story, moral worries (scrupulosity), getting therapy for her daughter, what she learned as a parent of a child experiencing OCD, sharing common feelings together, getting started in advocacy, the advocacy initiatives she’s involved with in New Zealand, how she uses her unique experience to advocate, her experience of advocating, words of hope and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-marion-286

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Dr Michael Greenberg – Somatic/Sensorimotor OCD, and rumination (#285)

In episode 285 I interviewed Dr Michael Greenberg. Michael is a licensed clinical psychologist.

In this episode I chat with Michael about his reflections on his first episode, Michael’s articles, what is somatic/sensorimotor OCD, depersonalisation/derealisation, how rumination can maintain somatic symptoms, the difference between awareness and attention, he reads his exercise from the article ‘how to stop paying attention’, the 6 things that get in the way when trying not to ruminate, how he treats somatic OCD, removing analysis and avoidance, we discuss mindfulness and why it may not be good for OCD in Michael’s opinion, practicing reducing rumination, and much more. Hope it helps.

Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/dr-michael-greenberg-285

The podcast is made possible by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories