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Dr Charles Mansueto – OCD Treatment

In episode 180 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Charles Mansueto. Charles is the founder and director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. He currently serves on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board for the IOCDF.

In this episode I chat with Charles about his therapy story, the history of OCD treatment, consulting on the TV show PURE, explaining ERP, sticking points some people face when doing exposures, OCD and Tourettes, uncertainty, Charles shares client examples, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Dr Lisa Coyne – ACT and ERP (for children & adolescents)

In episode 179 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Lisa Coyne. Lisa is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is a senior clinical consultant at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. Lisa is the founder of the New England Centre for OCD and anxiety.

Dr Lisa Coyne

In this episode I chat with Lisa about her therapy story, what is ACT, examples of ACT in practice, ACT and ERP, Lisa talks about inpatient treatment for children, how parents can be treatment supporting, and much much more. Hope it helps.  

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Sword and Shield

I don’t see the bear.

My six-year-old daughter, Ellie, and my two-year-old son, Alex, have returned with me to our remote campsite from a late dinner at the main camp.  We are the only humans in sight.  I’m lost in thought, obsessing on a story I want to write about family camping (“What will I write?  How long will it take?  Where will I try to publish it?”).    

Ellie wants to sit in the red chair at the end of the picnic table.  So does Alex. Ellie wins. Now she wants her doll, “Hannah.”

“Daddy please get Hannah for me.”

Hannah—the doll she loves best— is out of my reach.

“Ask Alex to get it for you,” I say, as my fingertips play in my mustache and my mind obsesses on my story.

“Alex please get Hannah for me.”

Alex waddles around the picnic table toward the far end.  “Okay Eddy,” he says, pronouncing her name as best he can.

“Daddy,” says Ellie, “Who knocked that box down?”

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Dr Chad Brandt – Bergen format

Disclaimer – This podcast is for exploratory purposes only. The Bergen format is still being studied, and the success rate against weekly therapy is yet to be tested. If you are in therapy with a licensed therapist who understands OCD, and is using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) you have the best treatment backed by decades of robust science whether you do that 1 hour a week, or in 3-week intensive.

In episode 178 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Chad Brandt. Chad is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in treating anxiety based disorders. He works at the Houston OCD program.

In this episode I chat with Chad about the Bergen format, his experience of being a therapist on the program, the inner workings of it, facing fear and scary things, why people with OCD are normal and much much more. Hope it helps.  

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What words of hope do you have for those with OCD?

This episode is sponsored by UNSTUCK: an OCD Kids Movie. Check out the website for information on how to rent the film. And if you are a therapist you can buy the film to show to all your clients, UNSTUCK have given us a code to use when purchasing the film for your practice, use code APR19UNS to get 20% off. Visit https://www.ocdkidsmovie.com/ to find out more!

In episode 177 of The OCD Stories podcast I was at the OCD Action conference in London, and I interviewed anyone who wanted to answer the questions “What’s your one bit of advice for those with OCD?” and “What words of hope do you have for those with OCD?”. On today’s episode I share the answers to the second question. Hope it helps.

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Story: Max Hawker – Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen

This episode is sponsored by UNSTUCK: an OCD Kids Movie. Check out the website for information on how to rent the film. And if you are a therapist you can buy the film to show to all your clients, UNSTUCK have given us a code to use when purchasing the film for your practice, use code APR19UNS to get 20% off. Visit https://www.ocdkidsmovie.com/ to find out more!

In episode 176 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Max Hawker. Max has kindly agreed to share his OCD story with us, and talk about his new book “Rory Hobble and the Voyage to Haligogen” which features  a character with OCD.

Max Hawker

In this episode I chat with Max about his OCD story, therapy, ERP, group therapy, setting goals, writing his books, his words of hope and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Mary Torres – ERP in Groups

This episode is sponsored by UNSTUCK: an OCD Kids Movie. Check out the website for information on how to rent the film. And if you are a therapist you can buy the film to show to all your clients, UNSTUCK have given us a code to use when purchasing the film for your practice, use code APR19UNS to get 20% off. Visit https://www.ocdkidsmovie.com/ to find out more!

In episode 175 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Mary Torres. Mary is a licensed mental health counsellor based in south of Seattle where she runs her private practice Cornerstone OCD and anxiety.

In this episode I chat with Mary about her therapy story, ERP in group therapy, how it differs from 121 therapy, what ERP in a group looks like, the benefits of groups, how the group supports each other, when group therapy may not be good, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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My OCD Story: Irrational and ‘Rational’ Themes

When you have lived with OCD for years, and it has manifested itself in a variety of ways, or ‘themes’ as they are called, it becomes difficult to distinguish a ‘real’ and ‘rational’ worry or effort, from one propelled by your obsessive nature. Yes, I know, part of therapy involves learning to not ask those questions, whether this is real or that is not, but it’s not always easy.

Growing up, I struggled with Pure ‘O’, and ritualistic behaviour. When I was fourteen, during summer vacation, I suddenly had this thought, how can I be sure I’m not a cannibal. I don’t think there was a specific trigger, it was just something that occurred to me, and I could not shake it off. My mother was lying next to me on our bed, and I felt scared, that I would harm her. I could barely sleep that night. The next morning, I got up and started reading up on cannibalism, to assure myself my thoughts are wrong, that I cannot be, of course I’m not. However, the more I read, the uncertainty grew, from narratives of cannibalistic communities to a particular story about a group of expeditioners stranded in snow capped mountains, without food, who started feeding on the corpses of their fellow expeditioners, to survive. This, scared me. People could become cannibals. I could become one, maybe I’m one, and just haven’t been pushed hard enough. I got increasingly terrified of becoming, quite literally, a monster. This was bad as it was, and soon enough, my obsessive thoughts and consequent attempts to reassure myself by reading up had acquired a newer theme – which was of sexual in nature. I visited websites, trying to hide what I was reading, whenever my mom or dad would enter the room. I felt miserable, and dirty, and like a pervert. Soon enough, I could not take it any longer, I broke down in front of my parents, I told them everything – they were puzzled, but supportive and took me to see a psychiatrist. I live in India, and mental health is a taboo topic in most families, and awareness, even amongst those educated, is grim. After navigating through three shrinks, two of whom did not offer anything conclusive, I got third time lucky. Actually, being diagnosed was a relief. It meant, this was not me, I was not this pervert, this monster.

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What’s your one bit of advice for those with OCD?

Today’s episode is sponsored by Riley’s Wish. To find out more including Riley’s story, to find resources or make a donation please visit RileysWish.com.

In episode 174 of The OCD Stories podcast I was at the OCD Action conference in London, and I interviewed anyone who wanted to answer the questions “What’s your one bit of advice for those with OCD?” and “What words of hope do you have for those with OCD?”. On today’s episode I share the answers to the first question. Hope it helps.

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Rose Cartwright – PURE (The TV show)

Today’s episode is sponsored by Riley’s Wish. To find out more including Riley’s story, to find resources or make a donation please visit RileysWish.com.

In episode 173 of The OCD Stories podcast I interview Rose Cartwright. Rose is a writer and author of the book “PURE”, which is now a channel 4 comedy-drama series. Rose is also a director over at intrusivethoughts.org, and Madeofmillions.com.

Rose (Bretécher) Cartwright

In this episode I chat with Rose about her TV show PURE, how she kept control over her story, her wisdom for working with the media, dealing with shame, advocacy, self-care, meditation, what Rose has learned on her own recovery journey, her initiative Made of Millions, and words of hope. Hope it helps. 

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