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Weekly episodes with some of the best OCD therapists and researchers in the world, as well as the occasional rambling from myself, Stuart, the host of the show. Episodes every Sunday.

 

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Disclaimer: This podcast is not a replacement for therapy. Please seek therapy from a trained professional.

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That is progress. And that is a good day.

As of writing this, I am about two weeks away from turning twenty-one years old. I am finishing my last semester at Michigan State University, from which I will graduate with two degrees: one in Comparative Cultures and Politics and one in Professional Writing. I will also have a minor in Spanish and graduate with 4.0 GPA, assuming I can finish this semester.

In addition to classes, I balance three jobs that help me pay for my education while getting professional experience. I have an incredible family, with two beautiful little sisters, loving parents, and the sweetest dog named Junie B. My boyfriend and I have been together for over five years, and our relationship is healthy, fun, and always mutually supportive.

I have to type the previous two paragraphs because they represent the surge of guilt that consistently accompanies my severe OCD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorder. I have not experienced trauma, nor have I ever been treated by my friends and family with anything but love. For this reason, I have difficulty justifying the seemingly ever-increasing instability of my mental health.


My story starts when I was four years old and starting kindergarten. For the first several months of the year, I vomited before leaving the house with my parents. At first it was because of nausea – yet it soon became an irresistible compulsion that led my parents to take me to the doctor.

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Your ERP Questions Answered – Part 2 With Dr Joan Davidson

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In episode 160 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Joan Davidson. Joan is a licensed psychologist and co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. She is Assistant Professor in the psychology department at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the book “daring to challenge OCD: overcome your fear of treatment and take control of your life using ERP”.

Part 1 of Your ERP questions answered – with Shala Nicely

Dr Joan Davidson

In this episode I chat with Joan about ERP. She answers many questions that were submitted by the listeners a while back. We hope you find this episode useful in answering some of your ERP questions. Hope it helps. 

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Story: Alex Culafi

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In episode 159 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Alex Culafi. Alex has kindly agreed to share his OCD story with us.

Alexander Culafi

In this episode I chat with Alex about his OCD story, sensorimotor themed OCD, Existential themed OCD, volunteering for the IOCDF, stoicism, exercise, finding an OCD therapist, asking for help and words of hope. Hope it helps. 

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Jonny Say – OCD, Mindfulness and Compassion

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In episode 158 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Jonny Say. Jonny is a mindfulness teacher and has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for over 17 years. He is currently training as a psychotherapist. Jonny also has lived experience with OCD.

In this episode I chat with Jonny about his OCD story, lifestyle changes, committing to ERP, the positive psychology principle savouring, being mindful with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, mindfulness ideas and mindful nature walks. Hope it helps. 

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Sean Shinnock – OCD Story & The Monster Initiative

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In episode 157 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Sean Shinnock. Sean is an artist, advocate, and creator of The Monster Initiative, with Draw Your Monster being one of the projects. He has kindly agreed to share his OCD story with us.

Sean Shinnock

In this episode I chat with Sean about his OCD story, therapy, his project ‘Draw Your Monster’, creativity, how art has helped him, and so much more. Hope it helps. 

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Ruji Rahman – CBT, Compassion and Uncertainty

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In episode 156 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Ruji Rahman. Ruji is a London based CBT therapist. As well as being a psychotherapist Ruji herself has lived experience with OCD.

Ruji Rahman

In this episode I chat with Ruji about her OCD story, writing about her story, CBT, ERP, compassion in therapy, being flexible during therapy, importance of a therapist in doing exposures, and uncertainty. Hope it helps. 

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Dr Katia Moritz – The Core of OCD Treatment

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In episode 155 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Katia Moritz. Katia is a Clinical Director of the NeuroBehavioral Institute in Florida and is a licensed psychologist who treats OCD. She also wrote the children’s OCD book “blink, blink, clop, clop”.

In this episode I chat with Katia about her therapy story, her book “Blink, blink, clop, clop”, early detection in OCD, the NBI ranch, learning to live again, family interventions, advice for parents, learning to live with uncertainty, and why it takes a village to treat OCD. Hope it helps. 

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Catherine Benfield – Stigma reduction, the BBC and OCD

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In episode 154 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Catherine Benfield for the second time. Catherine runs the blog Taming Olivia, where she blogs about her experiences with OCD, focusing on perinatal and postnatal OCD, as well as advocates hard for the destigmatisation of OCD.

Catherine Benfield

In this episode I chat with Catherine about her story which was shared on the BBC news website, why she wrote an article to midwives, how to safely and effectively share your story with the press, reclaiming the term OCD from shops misusing it, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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