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The ocdopus: Elise Petronzio

We’ve all seen “cute” OCD jokes on things like T-shirts and mugs (and scented candles and hand sanitizers and soaps and…), and many of us with obsessive-compulsive disorder don’t think they’re funny. A lot of us think they’re actually harmful to people with OCD and get in the way of spreading awareness of what OCD…

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Living Beyond OCD: Patricia Zurita Ona

I’m honored to welcome back Patricia Zurita Ona—Dr. Z—to the Q&A! Dr. Z has written a workbook for adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) called Living Beyond OCD Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Workbook for Adults and hosts a podcast called Playing It Safe, and we talk a lot about the concepts she explores in…

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OCD After Trauma: Jillian Halket

Jillian Halket has overcome—and accomplished—a lot in her young life. At just 28 she’s worked through trauma, substance abuse, and undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and now her first book is out! In her memoir Blade in the Shadow, Jillian shares her experiences with harm OCD and how she tried to cope with it before finally…

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Working With Parents and Partners: Emily Risinger

If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or a related disorder, you’ve probably heard how helpful it can be to see a therapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), particularly exposure and response prevention (ERP). But what about working with a therapist and your partner so you can take your treatment even further at home—and work…

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Demystifying Postpartum OCD on Instagram: Windsor Flynn

Considering how much Windsor Flynn’s Instagram posts make me laugh, it may be surprising what they’re usually about: obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Windsor shares advice on how to deal with intrusive thoughts and compulsions, drawing on her own experiences with postpartum OCD to make you really believe you can face this too. Thank you, Windsor, for…

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Relying on Community: Hannah Zidansek

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) itself is serious, but that doesn’t mean spreading awareness and clearing up misconceptions about it has to be. Enter Hannah Zidansek, who manages to explain what OCD is really like with humor and a skill I don’t have myself—making videos people actually want to watch. Hannah is an advocate for the International…

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Virtual Therapy for OCD: Allison Solomon

This has been the year of virtual everything: happy hours and weddings, work and school, and, of course, therapy. Many therapists had to unexpectedly make a switch to 100 percent virtual sessions, but Allison Solomon has been offering virtual care for several years. Always wondered if virtual therapy was right for you? Read on to…

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Meeting Clients Where They Are: Jon Hershfield

Welcome back one of your favorites and mine, Jon Hershfield! Not only have Jon’s books on OCD helped countless people, he always has incredible insight into different obsessions, and he makes some of the funniest OCD memes I’ve ever seen. All this gushing is starting to feel weird, but he really is cool. (Would you…

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At the Forefront of OCD Treatment: Sally Winston

Since I was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in 2006, resources on the disorder have seemed to explode—and that wasn’t that long ago! My guest today, Dr. Sally Winston, has contributed to our current understanding of OCD and its treatment, and I’m honored to learn more about her and her career! We talk a little…

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Building Relationships Online: Chris Stedman

Join me in kicking off OCD Awareness Week with Chris Stedman, whose book IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives comes out October 20! Skim Chris’s bio and you’ll see Yale and Harvard…CNN and PBS…The Atlantic and The Washington Post…I guess what I’m saying is welcome to the big time, Chris. Seriously, I’m so…

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