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Morgan Rondinelli – My OCD Voice

In episode 38 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Morgan Rondinelli. Morgan is studying ecology and evolutionary biology, she is an OCD advocate and mental health blogger. She is on the executive board of the Healthy Minds Coalition as the Mental Health Monologues Director, and is also involved with Active Minds and the Peer-To-Peer Depression Awareness Campaign.

Morgan

I chatted with Morgan about her OCD story. She shared the importance of sleep, opening up, and offered some tips around how to stick to your ERP homework.  She talks about the mental health monologues, scheduling time for fun, not being tough on yourself when you make a mistake. Near the end we talk about values and how these can help recovery, and why we need to embrace uncertainty. Enjoy.


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Story: Stephen Smith (NOCD Founder)

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In episode 212 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Stephen Smith who has kindly agreed to share his story with us. Stephen is the founder and CEO of NOCD. 

Stephen Smith

Stephen talks about his OCD story, dealing with shame, hitting rock bottom, contemplating suicide, figuring out it was OCD, realising there was hope, finding OCD treatment, getting a diagnosis, creating NOCD, dealing with a relapse, mental well-being, how it affects him now, creating a new relationship with his thoughts, dealing with stigma, what Stephen would have liked to have known at the start of his journey, words of hope 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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Mary Torres – ERP in Groups

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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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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: Robin Roblee-Strauss (What If?)

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In episode 147 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Robin Roblee-Strauss who has kindly agreed to share his OCD story, and talk about his film “What if?”.

Robin Roblee-Strauss

In this episode I chat with Robin about his OCD story, separation anxiety, the power of hearing other peoples stories, therapy, goals and values, journaling, finding the right therapist and his documentary “What if”. Hope it helps.

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Story: Spenser Gabin

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In episode 127 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Spenser Gabin. In this story edition of the podcast Spenser shares his OCD story. 

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In this episode I chat with Spenser about his OCD story, and his recovery journey. We cover many other topics such as stopping reassurance – pros and cons list of doing a compulsion, living a valued life, how he keeps stress low, having patience in doing exposures, journalling, his peer support training, believing in treatment, having compassion for yourself and connecting with others with OCD. Hope it helps.

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Shala Nicely – Is Fred in the Refrigerator?: Taming OCD and Reclaiming My Life

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In episode 122 of The OCD Stories podcast I chatted with Shala Nicely. Shala is an anxiety disorders treatment specialist in Atlanta, co-founder of beyondthedoubt.com, co-author of , “Everyday Mindfulness for OCD” and author of the forthcoming book “is Fred in the refridgerator?: Taming OCD and reclaiming my life”.

Is Fred In The Refridgerator

In this episode I chatted with Shala about her new book, why OCD keeps people quiet about opening up, advice for those seeking treatment, living with uncertainty, self-compassion, not judging things as good or bad, and Shala’s hardest roadblock in becoming a therapist. Hope it helps. 

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OCD or Recovery: The Choice

One way is recovery and the other is OCD. It is awesome to have that choice!

Growing up I used to worry a lot. About everything. I never told anyone though. I’m not sure if this was because I thought ‘If I don’t say it its not real’. Or maybe I didn’t want to seem weak? Or perhaps I didn’t want people to worry themselves? Probably all of those. It does not matter too much now. The fact is I had a load of anxiety taking a ride on never ending waltzers in my belly and, despite having a wonderfully supportive family, I never felt comfortable vocalising its existence.

So where does this anxiety go? How is the pressure relieved? Unfortunately the natural mistake any child, teenager or adult can make is to try to work that feeling out. To try to think themselves out of that feeling. It can work briefly. But if that anxiety pot is always on the verge of brimming you have to keep thinking of more ways to reassure yourself that everything is going to be okay. Throw a frightful “intrusive thought” into the mix and its not too much of a jump to see what can happen next. The individual starts to dedicate their whole lives to convincing themselves that thought was not real. But the issue is the anxiety made it FEEL real. And so the cycle continues. OCD is born.

I remember in my early 20s I used to say to myself “I will NOT have that thought today” and manage about 5 minutes at best. That track got stuck more than the NOW 54 CD that I used to use as a tea coaster and frisbee. And was even shitter. I was so desperate to have a ‘pure’ brain without ugly thoughts. But anything from a pair of scissors to a dark BBC News story would be enough to set me off into dreadful doubt and reflection. Of course all of this reassurance, coping and avoidance made things much worse. I had got to the point of planning how to ‘hand myself in’ (for crimes against the thinking world I suppose) and researching online to see if I had the same brain as the Moors Murderers. All was not well.

Then, whilst training for a new healthcare role at the age of 24, a little miracle happened. The woman taking the group mentioned “some people with OCD have repeated unwanted thoughts about hurting people”. I sat bolt upright. Straight after I raced home and jumped on Wikipedia and started reading about OCD, intrusive thoughts and compulsions. The relief I felt that day is still something I marvel at fondly. That there could be a reason for all this confusion and fear felt something close to being reborn.
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Living With Uncertainty

In episode 57 of the podcast I talk about how living with uncertainty can help you overcome OCD. I discuss some ways to accept uncertainty better, and how to live with the open question. To be ok with not knowing if the thought is real or not. This is really tough, but in time it’s a skill that will kick OCD’s butt. I hope it helps.

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