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In episode 220 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Patrick McGrath. Patrick is head of clinical services at NOCD. Patrick is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Conference Planning Committee of the International OCD Foundation, as well as author of “The OCD Answer Book: Professional Answers to More Than 250 Top Questions about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder”.

Dr Patrick McGrath

In this episode I chat with Patrick about teletherapy during the coronavirus, how some people with OCD have reacted to the coronavirus, what is an obsession?, what is a compulsion?, can you grow out of OCD?, does OCD run in families?, what increases my risk of OCD?, if I fix one compulsion won’t another one just take its place?, why do I have these thoughts when I don’t want to have them?, what are the early manifestations of OCD?, how many people suffer from OCD?, how can you differentiate between OCD and normal fears and worries?, the most common questions Patrick gets from his weekly NOCD webinars: why do I get this thought/urge?, how do I manage this other disorder during the coronavirus?, and because I have this thought does that mean I’m a bad person for having it?. We also talk about what is an ideal ERP mindset?, what is the RP of ERP and why is it important, and much much more. Hope it helps. 

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The OCD Answer Book” by Dr Patrick McGrath

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Patrick on the podcast – “It’s ok to be uncomfortable


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