In episode 42 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Reid Wilson. Reid is a licensed psychologist who run the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He designed american airlines first national program for the fearful flyer. He is a founding clinical fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Reid is the author of many books including ‘Don’t panic’ and most recently ‘stopping the noise in your head’.  

Dr Reid Wilson

I chatted with Reid about why belief changes behaviour, the content of worry and why it’s trash, the importance of trusting the therapeutic approach and why we should act as if. We discussed why we should empower the therapeutic voice within us, how to learn acceptance, leaning in to tough thoughts and feelings, and even looking for uncertainty. Reid gave some great advice on living a good life. Enjoy.

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Show notes:

Reid’s OCD therapy story (4:30)

An introduction to “Stopping the noise in your head” (7:30)

Content is the topic within worry/obsessions (11:40)

The outcome picture (16:00)

Worry signals (18:20)

Learning acceptance (25:20)

Leaning in (30:00)

The one thing OCD sufferers can do to speed up recovery (32:30)

Should we focus on sub-types or treat all as just OCD (33:20)

Mindfulness and meditation (39:00)

Reid’s 30 second advice (41:20)

Reid’s advice for living an amazing life (43:00)

Find out more about Reid:

Twitter: DrReidWilson

Reid’s website –

“Don’t Panic” by Dr Reid Wilson (

“Stopping the noise in your head” by Dr Reid Wilson (

The noise in your head videos (They’re great)


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Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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