Anxiety and depression are like smoke alarms going off in your brain. You don’t have an alarm problem. You have a fire problem. Quit worrying about the alarms. Put out the fire.
I interviewed Mark Freeman on his OCD story, his recovery and his advice for your recovery too. Mark is an OCD/mental health author, and YouTuber.
I have known Mark for a while now. He has a fascinating story. He is recovery focused and encourages his clients to have the same mindset. Mark was a strong catalyst in my recovery from OCD. He continues to inspire me, I hope you find him, and our talk helpful!
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- Mark’s OCD story (2:49)
- Depression and sex addiction (3:10)
- Finding out he had OCD (4:38)
- University research therapy program (4:45)
- OCD recovery is possible (6:35)
- OCD communities to negative. Focused on management of OCD not recovery (6:55)
- Mark’s experience with Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) (9:10)
- The air mattress affect (11:30)
- A mindset for succeeding with ERP(12:15)
- Mark’s book The Acceptance Field Guide and stumbling on acceptance (15:15)
- We are not rocks – Mark’s concept (17:30)
- What is ACT (Acceptance and commitment therapy) and how can you do it? (16:45)
- How do you accept difficult thoughts? Living with uncertainty (20:10)
- Learning to suffer (because you suffer much less) (22:35)
- The importance of a recovery focused mindset (26:10)
- What else Mark did to recover beyond traditional methods (31:30)
- How cooking helped Mark in his recovery (37:30)
- Mark on meditation (43:40)
- Mark on the site and concept Everybody has a brain (49:30)
- Mental Fitness 101 online course (51:20)
- Mark’s new book “You’re not a rock” (54:50)
- Mark interviews me about what helped me recover (59:05)
- The importance of understanding death (1:04:40)
- Taking care of mental health is an on-going process (1:06:00)
- What Mark would want on a billboard for all to see (1:07:10)
Find out more about Mark:
- Website: http://www.markfreeman.ca
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/everybodyhasabrain
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thepathtochange
- Everybody has a brain: http://everybodyhasabrain.tumblr.com/
- Founder of Steven Hayes ACT books
- Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh (Amazon UK/Amazon USA)
- The Ultramind Solution by Dr Mark Hyman (Amazon UK/Amazon USA)
To your success,
Stuart and The OCD Stories team
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