TIDBITS TO SHARE

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I hope things are going well for everyone. While I am not posting as often as I have in the past, I am still passionate about helping those with OCD, as well as raising awareness of the disorder and its proper treatment. With that in mind, I’d like to share a few pieces of news with you.

First, researchers at Case Western Reserve University are studying the effects of COVID-19 on children with OCD. They are looking for participants for their study and their contact information is listed below if you are interested. Here is what they have to say:

Parenting and supporting a child living with OCD can be difficult. If you can relate to this, consider sharing your #COVID19 experience in this research study: https://bit.ly/351mZCw. #OCD #parenting #quarantine 

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In other news, you might want to check out this company called You Are Enough. It was started by Natalie De Vincenzi, who sadly had a friend take his life. Natalie says:

You Are Enough Co. sells apparel & other products all dedicated around phrases that share with the world that we are all enough. 100% of the proceeds will be put towards mental health awareness & research. 

It is certainly a worthy cause and I’m happy to try to help spread the word for Natalie.

Lastly, I am honored that my blog has been chosen by Firstaidpro of Australia as one of the top mental health blogs to follow in 2021. You can see the listing of recommended blogs as well as learn more about Firstaidpro here.

Wishing everyone an enjoyable rest of the summer!

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Hope for Us All

“It has been quite a year,” is likely an understatement for most of us. But spring is around the corner, and I am feeling hopeful for the days ahead. I hope you are too.

Speaking of hope, there is so much hope for those who are suffering with OCD. While the pandemic has wreaked havoc on all of our lives, many people with OCD have had a particularly difficult time. I know, just from emails I’ve received, that a lot of people dealing with the disorder have experienced some very dark days.

So where is this hope? For all of us, there appears to be a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. And for those with OCD, additional hope comes in the form of exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, the evidence-based, gold standard therapy used to treat OCD.

As I have said many times, one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with OCD is finding a qualified therapist – an expert an ERP therapy. This problem has gotten a little easier to solve, thanks to nocd, which I have written about before.

Check out their website to find a qualified therapist as well as a wealth of information about OCD. Also, I’ve recently written a blog post for them if you’d like to read it.

In keeping with our theme of hope, I’d like to end this post with the last paragraph of my nocd post:

About a year ago, Dan told me he signed up for an OCD research study at a teaching hospital to earn a little extra money. He completed all the paperwork and testing, but was rejected for the study. Why? Clinically, he did not meet the criteria for having OCD. What a testament to my son’s courage and determination to beat this insidious disorder, with the help of ERP therapy.

If he can do it, you can too!

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And The Winners Are……

Overcoming OCD A Journey to Recovery

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. I appreciate your support! Two winners of my book have been randomly chosen:

Tracy (no last name given)

Debbie Sims

Congratulations to both of you! Please email me at ocdtalk@yahoo.com by

March 15, 2020 and be sure to include your mailing address.

For those who did not win, I plan on giving more books away in the near future, so stay tuned!

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A Book Giveaway!

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While I think that awareness of obsessive-compulsive disorder and all it entails has increased since I started this blog in 2010, there are still so many people – professionals included – who do not know how to properly treat the disorder.

As an advocate for OCD awareness and proper treatment, my goal has always been to spread the word that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable, and to also let people know that ERP (exposure and response prevention) therapy is the evidence-based psychological treatment for OCD.

One good way to spread this message is  by hosting a Book Giveaway! I will be giving away two signed copies of my book, Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), to randomly selected readers who comment on this post.

Please leave a comment by Sunday, March 8, 2020 to enter the giveaway. My apologies to all my overseas followers, but this contest is limited to those in the United States and Canada.

Winners will be announced next week!

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My Apologies!

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Hi Everyone,

It seems as if some people could not open the video link on my last post, so here is another one to try:

https://www.azpm.org/p/azillhome/2020/1/7/163893-the-psychedelic-reset/

Hope this works for everyone!

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OCD and Psilocybin Mushrooms

Hi Everyone,

Below is an interesting video about an ongoing study at the University of Arizona:

 

 

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International OCD Awareness Week 2019

October 13-19, 2019 is International OCD Awareness Week. Each year during the second full week of October, community groups, service organizations, and clinics across the US and around the world celebrate with events such as educational lecture series, OCD-inspired art exhibits, grassroots fundraisers, and more. 

This year the IOCDF has organized a campaign called #FaceYourFear. They are encouraging all members of the OCD and related disorders community to participate by sharing videos or photos of themselves doing something that makes them anxious. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #FaceYourFear and #OCDWeek! The goal of this campaign is to educate the public about the realities of living with OCD and the challenges of having to face your fears on the often long road to recovery.

The IOCDF will be sponsoring additional events as well and you can find out more details here.

Aside from raising awareness about obsessive-compulsive disorder, this week gives us all the added benefit of letting those who are currently dealing with OCD know they are not alone.

 

 

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Podcast on Harm OCD

 

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I want to let everyone  know about this wonderful podcast on my coauthor Dr. Seth Gillihan’s website, Think Act Be.

Seth speaks with OCD specialist Jon Hershfield, author of the book, Overcoming Harm OCD: Mindfulness and CBT Tools for Coping with Unwanted Violent Thoughts, which I recently reviewed.

If your life or the life of someone you love has been touched by harm OCD, please take the time to listen to Jon’s advice on how to best deal with harm OCD. You won’t be disappointed!

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Moms with OCD

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In this post I’d like to focus primarily on moms who have OCD, and the difficulties they might face. I won’t be focusing on postpartum OCD, but rather on moms who have already been diagnosed with the disorder and have been living with it for a while.

Some of the most common types of obsessions in OCD involve various aspects of contamination such as fear of dirt, germs, or illness. Hmm. Dirt, germs, and illness are an inevitable part of childhood. How can a mom with OCD possibly take her four-year-old child into a public restroom?

Surprisingly, most can, and do. Over the years I have connected with moms who have OCD who do what they need to do, despite their fears. By caring for their children, they are actually engaging in the gold-standard psychological treatment for OCD – exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. And because ERP therapy works, these moms find that the more they bring their children into those restrooms, or allow them to play at the playground without trailing behind them with sanitizing wipes, or agree to let them spend time at a friend’s house, the less their OCD rears its ugly head. In short, they habituate, or get used to, being in these situations and accepting the uncertainty of what might happen.

In addition, caring for a child (or perhaps multiple children, and even a family pet?) is time-consuming and never-ending, so moms are often so busy that they don’t have time to worry about all the things OCD thinks they should worry about. If your baby has a dirty diaper, the dog is barking to go out, your toddler just found the finger paints, and you need to get to the grocery store, you don’t have time to fret over your fear of contamination. You just change the diaper, tend to the dog, quickly wipe your toddler’s hands, and get out the door. OCD might be protesting in the background, but you have no time for its silly demands. Again, great ERP therapy!

Of course, it doesn’t work this way for all moms, and for some, OCD is in control. Unfortunately, if obsessive-compulsive disorder remains untreated, it affects children’s well-being. Their world becomes limited, they pick up on their mom’s anxiety, and they might even mimic certain unhealthy behaviors.

Moms who are struggling with OCD need to put their children’s needs before OCD’s demands. A good therapist can help them learn how to spend quality time with their children, without ruminating over all the things that might go wrong in a given moment. Modeling healthy behavior and how to deal with life’s challenges might be the best gift we ever give to our children.

Finally, all of the above also goes for dads with OCD, especially if they’re the primary caretaker at home. Every child deserves the love, support, and caring only parents can provide. Parents not held hostage by OCD.

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Overcoming Harm OCD

 

Hi Everyone,

I just finished reading Jon Hershfield’s latest book, Overcoming Harm OCD. It’s a valuable book that I’d highly recommend.

Below is my review on Amazon:

Jon Hershfield has done it again. Overcoming Harm OCD is written with the same understanding and compassionate voice of his last book, When a Family Member Has OCD. Jon really gets it – not only what Harm OCD entails and how to best treat it, but also how having this disorder makes people feel. Through the sheer act of writing this book, he lets those with Harm OCD know they are not alone. My son suffered from Harm OCD years ago – what a positive difference this book would have made in his life!
Also, Harm OCD is often misunderstood by those not familiar with it – be they therapists, teachers, other professionals, or family members. This book can educate these people, so they, in turn, can help those with this type of OCD find the right diagnosis and treatment.
I highly recommend Overcoming Harm OCD to, well, everyone, and thank you to Jon Hershfield for all he does to help those whose lives have been affected by OCD.

 

 

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