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In episode 142 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Ashley Annestedt. Ashley is a  Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in OCD, Anxiety, and Neurobehavioral Disorders. Ashley is licensed to provide therapy in 6 US states.

Ashley Annestedt

In this episode I chat with Ashley about her OCD story, why she got licensed in so many States, the idea of being treatment ready, Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), dealing with challenging emotions that may arise when compulsions reduce, Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), how lack of sleep can affect OCD, living with uncertainty, self-care strategies and much much more. Hope it helps.  

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Comments (2)
  1. Simplesmente necessitada de alguém que possa me ajudar.descobri a Tourette aos 7 anos,o q vem fazendo da minha vida um inferno.a vontade de um suicídio é constante na minha vida.tenho medo de não aguentar, hoje aos 34 anos,né encontro muito,mais muito deprimida.aguardo um resposta.obrigada.

    • Thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear you are having a tough time at the moment, it does get better.

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the main therapy for OCD. There is a particular part of CBT that works for OCD which is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. A CBT therapist will be able to help you get better – contact one of the OCD charities to find a CBT therapist.

      It’s worth doing some reading on OCD as it will help you understand it more and how to tackle it, I recommend the book “getting over ocd” by Dr Jon Abramowitz.

      There are also many good OCD support groups on Facebook that may help. Here’s a good one:

      Also contact the OCD charity as they will be able to help.

      OCD and anxiety are very treatable, speak to a mental health professional and they will be able to help.

      Hope that helps. ?

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