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Now displaying: January, 2016
Jan 31, 2016

In episode 6 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Jon Hershfield. Jon is the author of two books on OCD and a therapist who specialises in OCD treatment.

Show notes:

  • Jon’s OCD Story (1:30)
  • What Jon did before he retrained into therapy (7:10)
  • Risk and OCD (9:00)
  • What mindfulness is, and how can it be used to treat OCD (11:40)
  • Mindfulness and ACT (14:45)
  • Jon’s tips to stay on track with mindfulness training (16:15)
  • Using mindfulness for anger (22:00)
  • Good meditations for beginners (26:40)
  • How to meditate even though you are getting intrusive thoughts (31:50)
  • How mindfulness can work alongside ERP (39:20)
  • Jon’s tip for starting and sticking with ERP (44:20)
  • The acceptance script and how to use it (51:20)
  • Mental reviewing, scenario bending, mental rehearsal and mental hoarding (1:00:30)
  • The one bit of advice Jon would give if he only had 30 seconds (1:12:00)
  • Jon’s new book “When a family member has OCD” (1:14:15)
  • What Jon would have written on his billboard (1:16:40)

Find out more about Jon:

Resources mentioned:

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Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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Jan 25, 2016

In episode 5 of The OCD Stories podcast I interviewed Dr Guy Doron. Guy is one of the leading researchers in relationship OCD (rOCD), and along with his team he his uncovering important information about this subtype of OCD.

Show notes:

Guy’s OCD Story (1:00)
Finding rOCD in research (4:30)
How rOCD also covers relationship with God (6:40)
Type 1 vs Type 2 rOCD, and why someone would get one over the over (8:20)
New study: embarrassability and OCD (11:40)
Why an OCD sufferer seeks rightness in the relationship (12:50)
How rOCD can affect dating not just the relationship (15:05)
How distorted views of love affects relationships (19:50)
How someone tells if they have rOCD or a bad relationship? (24:20)
How rOCD can make relationships better (28:30)
How to explain to your partner that you are trying your best to deal with the OCD (31:30)
How ERP can be used to treat rOCD (35:20)
The one thing rOCD sufferers can do today to improve their lives (41:20)
Guy’s most astonishing finding from his research (44:45)
What guy would want written on his billboard (47:00)

Find out more about Dr Steven Hayes:

Guy’s site – ROCD.net

Resources mentioned:

Dr Danny Derby – www.dr-derby.com

Dr Steven Hayes

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Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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Jan 10, 2016

Show notes:

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) research depth (3:20)

ACT vs CBT in the research (4:40)

Steve’s OCD, anxiety and research story (6:00)

Why and how Steve came up with ACT (12:50)

Relational frame theory (RFT) (15:45)

How Eastern philosophy links with ACT (20:50)

The importance of using our minds without our minds using us (23:20)

Psychology within the media, marketing and technology (26:00)

Getting ACT into schools (28:45)

Tinnitus story to understand ACT (39:00)

Why you shouldn’t try to stop thoughts. Instead accept them (46:20)

Accept your emotions, not just your thoughts (47:20)

Can you beat OCD? (48:00)

Finding meaning in suffering (51:00)

ACT and Logotherapy (53:20)

How to accept your thoughts and defuse from them - including exercises (58:25)

Steve’s thoughts on meditation (1:12:50)

Using ACT to get rid of physical compulsions (1:20:30)

How ACT is gentler than ERP, and mental health vs illness (1:26:40)

Why you are one of the lucky ones (1:44:20)

Find out more about Dr Steven Hayes:

Steve’s site - http://www.stevenchayes.com

Steve’s books

Get out of your mind and into your life 

Resources mentioned:

Marianne Williamson quote -

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

The worry trap by Chad LeJeune

Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl 

Increasing Willingness to Experience Obsessions: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Michael P. Twohig, Steven C. Hayes, Akihiko Masuda 

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Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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Jan 1, 2016

Show notes:

Kat’s OCD Story (1:50)

Mark Freeman’s air mattress effect (3:45)

Getting diagnosed (4:05)

Making intrusive thoughts worse (5:05)

Separating yourself from the thought (6:35)

Using script exposure for recovery (7:55)

Recording script exposure and playing it back (10:25)

How Pure O lead to other types of OCD? (12:00)

Struggling with Prayer (13:00)

Advice and strategies for praying without OCD (13:40)

Dealing with physical compulsions (15:00)

Using “Well, maybe it is” for acceptance (17:40)

Advice for opening up about sexual obsessions to your therapist (17:35)

How faith has helped recovery (22:35)

How the church has helped in recovery (25:10)

Opening up about OCD to inspire others (28:40)

Number 1 tip for beating OCD - “Accept your thoughts” (34:00)

Future plans (35:10)

Final words of wisdom (38:30)

What Kat would want written on a billboard for the world to see (40:55)

How to find out more about Kat (42:15)

Find out more about Kat:

YouTube channel - Shalom Aleichem

Blog - Do An Exposure

Tumblr - Do An Exposure

Twitter - @Thekatway

Snapchat - @Thekatway

Kat’s OCD Story on The OCD Stories

Resources mentioned: 

Mark Freeman on ACT and OCD recovery

Brene Brown Ted Talks on Vulnerability and Shame

 

To your success,
Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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