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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