Please find below OCD illustrations we created to bring to life certain teachings and metaphors shared on the podcast. These illustrations were originally posted on our social platforms. We hope you find these illustrations helpful. 

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In an emotional storm… Drop anchor

In an emotional storm… Drop anchor

Stuart RalphJun 4, 20222 min read

When life feels too much, our emotions can feel like the ocean in a storm, drop an anchor. Dr Russ Harris came up with an exercise called Dropping anchor. If we imagine your boat (you) is in the harbour during…

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Doing compulsions does not keep OCD away

Doing compulsions does not keep OCD away

Stuart RalphJun 4, 20221 min read

This metaphor is taken from a special edition episode of The OCD Stories featuring Dr Alec Pollard who shares his view of the futility and pointlessness of compulsions. He says, “The joke, I tell sometimes to illustrate this is, the…

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Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions

Stuart RalphJun 2, 20222 min read

As we all know, doing compulsions does not help, and in fact hinders recovery from OCD. There is another side to compulsions called accommodation. Accommodation is when a family member, loved one or anyone helps us to do a compulsion.…

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OCD isn’t just about anxiety

OCD isn’t just about anxiety

Stuart RalphJun 2, 20222 min read

With the exception of the last decade, for most of the last 50 years OCD has primarily been viewed from the lens of fear and anxiety. However, over 100 years ago Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis and the birth of…

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We do not need to engage with intrusive thoughts

We do not need to engage with intrusive thoughts

Stuart RalphJun 2, 20222 min read

As the image says, “We do not need to engage with intrusive thoughts”. Dr Steven Phillipson has shared several times on the podcast that the brain is self-healing. He shares that if we get out of our own way, the…

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Illustrations

See Paris First

See Paris First

Stuart RalphJun 4, 20222 min read

I stumbled upon this poem a few years ago by M Truman Cooper called ‘See Paris first’: Suppose that what you fear could be trapped, and held in Paris. Then…

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In an emotional storm… Drop anchor

In an emotional storm… Drop anchor

Stuart RalphJun 4, 20222 min read

When life feels too much, our emotions can feel like the ocean in a storm, drop an anchor. Dr Russ Harris came up with an exercise called Dropping anchor. If…

Read more
Doing compulsions does not keep OCD away

Doing compulsions does not keep OCD away

Stuart RalphJun 4, 20221 min read

This metaphor is taken from a special edition episode of The OCD Stories featuring Dr Alec Pollard who shares his view of the futility and pointlessness of compulsions. He says,…

Read more
Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions

Stuart RalphJun 2, 20222 min read

As we all know, doing compulsions does not help, and in fact hinders recovery from OCD. There is another side to compulsions called accommodation. Accommodation is when a family member,…

Read more