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I have felt inspired to share my story about OCD, in part because I have finally realised how much it helps me to share and listen to others’ stories (while trying to fight the guilty feelings which surge up when my OCD tells me that I should not be using my problem and others’ to gain relief, but instead I should be looking out for others’ safety and well-being). So hopefully my story might resonate with someone out there, whilst getting it out in the open will be cathartic for me!

I am 51 years old and have struggled with OCD since age 13 (though I now see I showed signs of it way before). I remember the exact moment when I first had extreme anxiety: at that time, my Mum was the most important person in my life and she had suffered from poor health and had been in and out of hospital quite a lot while I grew up. Anyway, this particular time, my Mum had just got out of hospital following an operation. I overheard a conversation which basically said how lucky my Mum had been and if she’d waited much more she’d be dead. My world fell apart and the first thought that crashed through my head was: “How could I have been so selfish as to be having such a good time at school and all this was going on?!! I am one bad person.” The compulsions began immediately. I began to draw imaginary circles around my waist with my hands and my index fingers of both hands had to touch. I would hold great store in numbers, and odd and even steps. I would never step on the cracks in the pavement and I began to touch objects once, twice, three times, four times….  And I would say to myself: “Ok, one more time”, but it never was one more time – it was never enough.

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Your ERP Questions Answered – Part 2 With Dr Joan Davidson

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In episode 160 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Joan Davidson. Joan is a licensed psychologist and co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. She is Assistant Professor in the psychology department at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the book “daring to challenge OCD: overcome your fear of treatment and take control of your life using ERP”.

Part 1 of Your ERP questions answered – with Shala Nicely

Dr Joan Davidson

In this episode I chat with Joan about ERP. She answers many questions that were submitted by the listeners a while back. We hope you find this episode useful in answering some of your ERP questions. Hope it helps. 

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Sean Shinnock – OCD Story & The Monster Initiative

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In episode 157 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Sean Shinnock. Sean is an artist, advocate, and creator of The Monster Initiative, with Draw Your Monster being one of the projects. He has kindly agreed to share his OCD story with us.

Sean Shinnock

In this episode I chat with Sean about his OCD story, therapy, his project ‘Draw Your Monster’, creativity, how art has helped him, and so much more. Hope it helps. 

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Ruji Rahman – CBT, Compassion and Uncertainty

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In episode 156 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Ruji Rahman. Ruji is a London based CBT therapist. As well as being a psychotherapist Ruji herself has lived experience with OCD.

Ruji Rahman

In this episode I chat with Ruji about her OCD story, writing about her story, CBT, ERP, compassion in therapy, being flexible during therapy, importance of a therapist in doing exposures, and uncertainty. Hope it helps. 

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Dr Katia Moritz – The Core of OCD Treatment

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In episode 155 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Katia Moritz. Katia is a Clinical Director of the NeuroBehavioral Institute in Florida and is a licensed psychologist who treats OCD. She also wrote the children’s OCD book “blink, blink, clop, clop”.

In this episode I chat with Katia about her therapy story, her book “Blink, blink, clop, clop”, early detection in OCD, the NBI ranch, learning to live again, family interventions, advice for parents, learning to live with uncertainty, and why it takes a village to treat OCD. Hope it helps. 

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Story: Jo Edge

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In episode 152 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Jo Edge. Jo kindly agreed to share her OCD story with us. It is raw, real and inspiring. 

Jo Edge

In this episode I chat with Jo about her OCD story, depression, separation anxiety, CBT therapy, learning to have hobbies, sleep, gratitude and a million other things. Hope it helps.

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Kimberley Quinlan – It’s a beautiful day to do hard things

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In episode 133 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Kimberley Quinlan. Kimberley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who treats people with OCD and related disorders, Eating Disorders and Body Focused Repetitive Disorders. She runs her own podcast called Your Anxiety Toolkit, and is a former guest of the show.

Kimberley Quinlan

In this episode I chat with Kimberley about how OCD can affect people’s sex lives, giving yourself permission to be imperfect, why it’s a beautiful day to do hard things, social anxiety, honouring your pain, self-love and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Sheva Rajaee – Some questions can’t be answered

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In episode 131 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Sheva Rajaee. Sheva is a psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other related anxiety disorders. Sheva did a Ted Talk called “Addicted to the answer – anxiety in the age of information“ which made up the core of our first podcast together.

Sheva Rajaee

In this episode I chat with Sheva about her OCD story, superstition in relation to OCD, avoidance, acceptance around unanswered questions, why the two words “So What” are the most powerful in the treatment of anxiety disorders, meditation, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Dr Jonathan Abramowitz – Living the CBT lifestyle

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In episode 130 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Jonathan Abramowitz. Jonathan is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Chapel Hill, NC specializing in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He is also Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina. Jonathan has written two self-help books and published over 250 scientific articles, books, and book chapters.

Jonathan Abramowitz

In this episode I chat with Jon about mini-rituals, the openness scale, tracking and monitoring compulsions, what to do if ERP doesn’t seem to be working, living the CBT lifestyle, ACT supporting ERP, ACT metaphors and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Dr Jenny Yip – OCD Treatment

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In episode 129 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Jenny Yip. Jenny is a clinical psychologist who specilises in OCD and anxiety. Jenny runs the Renewed freedom center based in Los Angeles. She is also a clinical advisor to the nOCD app, and author of the book Productive, Successful YOU! : End Procrastination by Making Anxiety Work for You Rather Than Against You.

Dr. Jenny Yip

In this episode I chat with Jenny about her OCD story including postpartum OCD, how OCD fears are unique to each person, exercise and meditation – mindful walks/yoga, the importance of a patients belief in the process of therapy, involving the family in treatment so that the standards in therapy are maintained in the home i.e. no reassurance seeking, parents being role models for living with discomfort i.e. refusing to play into compulsions, reducing the amount we use our phones, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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