In episode 41 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Shala Nicely. Shala is an anxiety disorders treatment specialist in Atlanta and author of the forthcoming books, “Is Fred in the Refrigerator?” and “Everyday Mindfulness for OCD”. Shala is also co-founder of

Shala Nicely

I chatted with Shala and asked her your questions, she gave some great answers. Shala answered questions on sleep, dealing with mental checking, advice for starting ERP, how obsessions have changed over time, medication, accepting risk, depression and imaginal exposure. Enjoy.

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Show notes:

Shala’s OCD Story (3:20)

Aha moments (5:50)

The importance of sleep (10:00)

Shala’s advice for dealing with mental checking as a compulsion (13:10)

Advice for people starting CBT and ERP (16:00)

Where Shala is at in recovery (18:00)

How have obsessions changed over time? (20:00)

How to deal with Panic attacks (22:00)

Shala thoughts on medication (23:00)

How do you accept risk? (25:20)

Working in mental health, when you have mental health (28:10)

Imaginal exposures (32:00)

How to stop depression (36:00)

How people can get involved with OCD Week (40:20)

Shala’s advice for living an amazing life (41:30)

Shala’s books (43:00)

Find out more about Shala:

Twitter: ShalaNicelyCFS

Shala’s website –

Beyond The Doubt –


Jeff and Shala on the podcast

Shala’s Aha moments blog

Jon Hershfield

Reid Wilson’s website (panic attacks) –

“Don’t panic” by Reid Wilson (

“10% happier” by Dan Harris (

BDD conference


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Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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