In episode 54 of the podcast I interviewed Alison Dotson. Alison is an OCD advocate and author of the book “Being me with OCD: How I learned to obsess less and live my life”.

Alison Dotson

I enjoyed chatting with Alison. She does a lot for the OCD community, and she does it with a smile. Her book was enjoyable to read and if you haven’t checked it out, give it a go (links below). In this episode we talk about her OCD story which includes religious and sexual orientation OCD themes. Advice for seeking help, the keys to Alison’s recovery, using exposures in your everyday life, how having a support group can help and the ‘obsession in a box’ technique. Enjoy!

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Show notes:

Alison’s OCD story (3:15)

Alison’s advice for seeking treatment and help (13:40)

The key things that have helped Alison in her recovery (20:10)

Obsession in a box technique (25:00)

How therapists can show compassion (27:30)

The one thing Alison would have liked to have known at the time of diagnosis (29:40)

Advice for what you could start doing (31:20)

Advice for what you could stop doing (33:40)

Writing with OCD (35:45)

What Alison would tell someone in an elevator (39:40)

What Alison would have on her billboard (41:00)

Alison’s advice for living an amazing life (42:40)

Find out more about Alison:


“Being me with OCD”by Alison (

OCD Twin Cities –

Resources mentioned: 

International OCD Foundation –


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Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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