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Lily Bailey – Live from Austin

In episode 185 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Lily Bailey, in front of an audience at the IOCDF conference in Austin. Lily is a model, OCD advocate and author of the book “Because we are bad: OCD and a girl lost in thought”.  

Stuart and Lily on stage

In this episode I chat with Lily about her story, having a meaningful life, working with anger, getting treatment, going to OCD support groups, Lily’s first experience with her CBT therapist, going back to CBT, mindfulness and meditation, activities Lily does that help her, Lily talks about her book, what it was like sharing her story, her epiphany in recovery, imposter syndrome, and lots of audience questions. Hope it helps.

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My OCD Journey

My journey with OCD started long before a proper diagnosis. Since my early teenage years I’ve cycled through almost all of the subtypes of OCD, the most prominent being somatic OCD. In my mind so far I’ve had Cancer, Meningitis, Rabies, HIV, Stomach ulcers etc. Currently my Illness based OCD thoughts center around development of Schizophrenia. I have been worrying about this for months and months. It seems that this is a somewhat common theme to have, but I rarely ever hear it talked about. I’ve read pretty much every symptom and examples of symptoms including paranoia, hallucinations and delusional thinking to the point where I cannot go a day without thinking about it. 

I’ll rewind to about two years 4 years ago when I started worrying that I had hit a pedestrian while driving so I would have to loop around multiple times turning a 5 minute commute into a 30 minute one. If my wife or friends were in the car, I’d just ask for reassurance and keep moving on. I had not yet been diagnosed with OCD at this point I just thought I was be extra cautious. This is when the story gets progressively worse.

About 9 month ago I was gearing up for my honeymoon to Switzerland with my wife, but had massive deadlines to meet at work which was causing me a great deal of stress. I was sitting at my desk when suddenly my surroundings seemed a little weird and I started to get an impending doom feeling. My chest got tight and started breathing heavily. Next was the tunnel vision. Was I dying? Nope but I was having a massive panic attack. I asked my co-worker to walk me downstairs because I was freaking out. The panic attack eventually passed and things were back to normal. Somehow with all the hustle and bustle of traveling to Switzerland and Italy for 3 weeks, I managed to enjoy my time there and take in the beautiful sights. Things seemed pretty alright. 

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Dr Amy Mariaskin – Gender Identity themed OCD

In episode 184 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Amy Mariaskin. Amy is a licenced clinical psychologist and director at The Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center. 

Dr Amy Mariaskin

In this episode I chat with Amy about her OCD and therapy story, the story behind her clinic’s logo, Amy explains the terminology around gender identity, what are some obsessions and compulsions around this gender identity theme (sometimes called transgender OCD), what some example exposures look like for this theme, the effectiveness of ERP for this theme, words of hope, self-compassion, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Dr Steven Phillipson – Magical thinking in OCD

In episode 183 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Steven Phillipson. Steven is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD. He co-founded the first Support group for OCD sufferers in the New York area in 1987. Steven is the Clinical Director at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy.

Dr Steven Phillipson

In this episode I chat with Steven about what is OCD, what is magical thinking, how magical thinking exists in society, ERP for magical thinking, thought-action fusion, words of hope, and much much more. Hope it helps. 

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Dr Steven Phillipson – Two Tail Spikes in OCD

In episode 182 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Steven Phillipson. Steven is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD. He co-founded the first Support group for OCD sufferers in the New York area in 1987. Steven is the Clinical Director at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy.

Dr Steven Phillipson

In this episode I chat with Steven about what are two tail spikes?, examples of two tail spikes, a solution to it, making choices, learning to not find the answer, how perfection can affect this, acceptance of the uncertainty, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Kimberley Quinlan – Let’s talk about self-love

In episode 181 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Kimberley Quinlan. Kimberley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who treats people with OCD and related disorders, Eating Disorders and Body Focused Repetitive Disorders. She runs her own podcast called Your Anxiety Toolkit, and is a former guest of the show.

Kimberley Quinlan

In this episode I chat with Kimberley about what is self-love (self-acceptance), why is it important in recovery, what comes before self-love, steps/stages before self-love, self-love when you have taboo or shameful thoughts, learning to receive, self-compassion, practicing self-love when you feel like a bad person, reducing the stigma around self-love 
and much much more. Hope it helps.

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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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