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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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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Helping Clients Face Their Fears: Jayme Kolbo

Let’s welcome OCD therapist Jayme Kolbo today! Her insight can help us all, but Minnesotans—particularly Twin Cities residents—might be especially interested in learning more about her. Jayme recently co-founded OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center of Minnesota. Access to proper, evidence-based treatment is so important, and I am always thrilled when our roster of qualified therapists…

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Amplifying OCD Awareness: Mara Wilson

Late one night I was thinking of what I could ask Mara Wilson for our Q&A, and I had what felt like such a profound thought: Mara was in Mrs. Doubtfire. OCD is the doubting disease. Having OCD feels like being engulfed in flames of doubt… But I spared Mara from this observation—it was less…

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A Penny for Your Intrusive Thoughts: Cassie and Darcy

Nothing inspires me more than when people who have suffered make it their mission to help others, and it’s even better when they do it with as much joy and creativity as today’s guests have. Cassie and Darcy are at the helm of A Penny for Your Intrusive Thoughts, an outlet for people with intrusive…

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Laughing Despite, and About, OCD: Neil Hemmer

Neil Hemmer is one of those old young people, already wise at 25. He’ll say something so poetic and profound it brings a tear to your eye and you suddenly feel less alone. And then he’ll tell a long story about pooping and the tears in your eyes are from laughing so hard. Like many…

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Advocating for OCD on Twitter: Shira Folberg

Shira Folberg is a force to be reckoned with! When she tweets about mental health and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in particular, people pay attention. She’s also started a personal blog about her experiences with OCD as well as a series called Faces of OCD with the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Shira has gone through a…

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