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OCD

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Dr Amy Mariaskin – Gender Identity themed OCD

In episode 184 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Amy Mariaskin. Amy is a licenced clinical psychologist and director at The Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center. 

Dr Amy Mariaskin

In this episode I chat with Amy about her OCD and therapy story, the story behind her clinic’s logo, Amy explains the terminology around gender identity, what are some obsessions and compulsions around this gender identity theme (sometimes called transgender OCD), what some example exposures look like for this theme, the effectiveness of ERP for this theme, words of hope, self-compassion, and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Gerd Kvale and Bjarne Hansen – The Bergen OCD Format

Disclaimer – This podcast is for exploratory purposes only. The Bergen format is still being studied, and the success rate against weekly therapy is yet to be tested. If you are in therapy with a licensed therapist who understands OCD, and is using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) you have the best treatment backed by decades of robust science whether you do that 1 hour a week, or in 3-week intensive.

In episode 169 of The OCD Stories podcast I interview Gerd Kvale and Bjarne Hansen, both professors and psychologists at the University of Bergen and at Haukeland University Hospital Bergen, Norway. They have created the Bergen OCD treatment format.

Gerd Kvale and Bjarne Hansen
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In this episode I chat with Gerd and Bjarne about what the Bergen OCD format is, what does it consist of, some of the results of the study, ERP, overcoming resistance to treatment, maintenance of improvements, how they plan to roll out the format, words of hope for people with OCD, and much much more. Hope it helps.  

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Jessica Emily – Littlest Lady (Redefining Trauma, & OCD)

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In episode 150 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Jessica Emily. Jessica is the creator of LittlesLady.com, and she’s kindly agreed to share her OCD and mental health story with us.

Littlest Lady - Jessica Emily

In this episode I chat with Jessica about her OCD story, abuse and trauma, therapy, her biggest epiphany in recovery, her work on LittlestLady.com, words of hope for those with OCD and experienced trauma. Hope it helps.

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Elvis Gomes – Understanding experiences of OCD

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In episode 149 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Elvis Gomes. He was on episode 15 where he shared his OCD story and talked about his experience on the TV show Switzerland’s Got Talent. He is now studying for his PhD at Queen Mary University of London.Queen Mary University OCD Study

In this episode I chat with Elvis about an update on his OCD story, he tells us about his PhD research in intrusive thoughts, how to get involved with the research, he shares the 11 misunderstandings around Homosexual themed OCD, his words of wisdom for people with OCD, what he’s learned about OCD since researching it and much much more. Hope it helps.

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When OCD affects you at work (with charity OCD Action)

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In episode 146 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed 5 members of staff and volunteers from the charity OCD Action about when OCD affects you at work.

OCD Action

In this episode I chat with Olivia, Leyla, Liam, Nick and Charlie about OCD in the workplace. We cover topics such as finding a work environment that understands OCD, how being a volunteer helped, OCD Action’s advocacy service, self care in the workplace, having people around you who can support you when times are tough, employment rights, advice for HR staff/employers and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Chrissie Hodges and Jess discuss OCD

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In episode 144 of The OCD Stories podcast my guest interviewer (Jess) interviewed Chrissie Hodges. Chrissie is a Mental Health Advocate & Public Speaker, Peer Support Coach, Author of ‘Pure OCD: The Invisible Side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder’. Chrissie was awarded the Hero award at the 24th IOCDF conference.

Chrissie Hodges

In this episode Jess talks to Chrissie about an her story (an update on it), working through trauma, dealing with emotions beyond anxiety, breaking down stigma, how friends and family can support their loved one with OCD without giving reassurance, tips for starting advocacy, peer support, handling the “What if this is not OCD?” intrusive thought, raising awareness in schools, feeling self-compassion, and much much more. Hope it helps.  

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Lori Johnson – OCD and Substance Use Disorders (Ep143)

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In episode 143 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Lori Johnson. Lori is a therapist based in the Denver area who specialises in OCD, anxiety and addiction. Lori runs a private practice called In Focus Counselling.

Lori Johnson

In this episode I chat with Lori about her therapy story, what getting life into focus means to her, we discuss ERP (Exposure and response prevention) therapy, substance use disorder alongside OCD, what her clients that recover much quicker do, self-are and much much more. Hope it helps.

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Alejandro Ibarra – OCD Treatment (Tratamiento de TOC)

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In episode 141 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Alejandro IbarraAlejandro is a psychologist from Seville, in Spain. He specialises in treating OCD, and if you speak Spanish you may recognise him from his wonderful youtube channel where he talks about OCD and OCD treatment.

Alejandro Ibarra

In this episode I chat with Alejandro about his therapy story, what treatment of OCD is like in Spain, raising awareness in Spanish speaking countries, words of hope for people with OCD, his YouTube videos, working with families, training the mind and much much more. Hope it helps.  

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Dr Patrick McGrath – It’s ok to be uncomfortable

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In episode 136 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Patrick McGrath. Patrick is the Assistant Vice President of Residential Services for AMITA Health Behavioral Medicine Institute. He is the Executive Director of the Foglia Family Foundation Residential Treatment Center and the Clinical Director for the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD). Patrick is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Conference Planning Committee of the International OCD Foundation, as well as the President of OCD Midwest.

Dr Patrick McGrath

In this episode I chat with Patrick about treating OCD and addiction together, virtual reality, mindfulness, why it’s ok to be uncomfortable, ERP, how families can get involved in treatment, and much much more.  Hope it helps.

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Psychic Scrupulosity, Evil Spirits, and Bad Vibes

Whenever I was sixteen, I was convinced I was evil. I was tormented by intrusive thoughts that took the form of “evil spirits” who I believed were attracted to me (because I was evil). I avoided certain objects because they had “bad energy” and I tried many cleansing rituals like praying, smudging with sage, carrying crystals, and sleeping with rosary beads to chase away the spirits. However, it never was enough. It never worked. I wore a cross around my neck, and at one point, I thought it was burning my flesh (because I was evil, of course!). I went to churches and visited psychics and priests. At my worst, I was unable to be alone, and I wanted to be placed into a metal institution because I could not find relief. This incredible spike went on for over 3 months straight.

I’m sharing my story because there aren’t many resources written about scrupulosity from a new age, spiritual perspective. There are predominate beliefs in the spiritual community which present an extra challenge to OCD suffers like myself. I actually sought help online in spiritual forums and had my OCD reinforced. I’m not here to make the case for woo-woo, but I can honestly say I have retained my spiritual practice and beliefs without OCD. If you are suffering right now, you do not have to give up your spirituality, you just have to recognize how OCD and your spirituality interact.

Examples of problematic spiritual beliefs for OCD suffers:

In the spiritual community, thoughts are not just thoughts. They are considered to be real and creating your reality. They are also considered meaningful visions or symbols. In addition, real-life objects are considered to have an invisible energy or vibration, which can contaminate your own invisible energy field, requiring cleansing.
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