237 episodes

Welcome to The OCD Stories podcast. The OCD Stories is a show that offers hope and inspiration. I interview some of the best minds in OCD treatment and recovery to share their advice, to both entertain and educate listeners towards a healthier life. Hope it helps.

Disclaimer - this podcast is not a replacement for therapy. Please seek treatment from a licensed mental health professional.

The OCD Stories Stuart Ralph

    • Mental Health
    • 4.8 • 428 Ratings

Welcome to The OCD Stories podcast. The OCD Stories is a show that offers hope and inspiration. I interview some of the best minds in OCD treatment and recovery to share their advice, to both entertain and educate listeners towards a healthier life. Hope it helps.

Disclaimer - this podcast is not a replacement for therapy. Please seek treatment from a licensed mental health professional.

    Story: Meg and Matt (#244)

    Story: Meg and Matt (#244)

    In episode 244 I chat with Meg and Matt who have kindly agreed to share their story from the point of view of husband and wife.
    In this episode we discuss Meg’s OCD story, losing a friend to suicide, contamination and harm worries, having the support of her dog, also getting worries around her dog, finding out it was OCD, going for inpatient treatment, talking with others with OCD, medication, how she never believed she could get to where she has got to, Matt’s story, how Matt supports Meg, how Meg focused on therapy while also being a new parent, relationship boundaries around OCD, words of advice for partners, words of hope and much much more.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/Story-meg-and-matt-244
    The podcast is sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 55 min
    Story: Ian Johnson - Basketball & OCD (#243)

    Story: Ian Johnson - Basketball & OCD (#243)

    In episode 243 I chat with Ian Johnson. Ian kindly shares his OCD story with us.
    In this episode I talk with Ian about his OCD story, homosexual and relationship themed OCD, his childhood experiences, feeling suicidal, playing professional basketball while experiencing OCD, superstitious thinking, getting therapy, opening up and talking about his pain with a therapist, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), words of wisdom for athletes with OCD, feeling connected with others with OCD, mindfulness, his book The bounce and the echo, words of hope and much much more. Hope it helps. 
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/Story-Ian-Johnson-243
    The podcast is sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 50 min
    Dr Amy Mariaskin - 4-8 year olds with OCD (#242)

    Dr Amy Mariaskin - 4-8 year olds with OCD (#242)

    In episode 242 I chat with Dr Amy Mariaskin. Amy is a licensed clinical psychologist and director at The Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center. 
    In this episode I chat with Amy about what OCD looks like in 4-8 year olds, compulsions and obsessions, animism - inanimate objects having personalities, how 4-8 year olds conceptualise OCD, looking out for autism spectrum disorder, how OCD can impact other areas of this age groups lives, how Amy explains OCD to these kids, how therapy for children with OCD differs from adults, talking back to OCD, making exposures fun, utilising play in therapy, calling exposures bravery challenges, homework and rewards, getting parents and carers involved, words of hope and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/dr-amy-mariaskin-4-8-year-olds-with-ocd-242
    The podcast is sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 56 min
    Story - Izzy Mather (#241)

    Story - Izzy Mather (#241)

    In episode 241 I chat with Izzy Mather who has kindly agreed to share her story with us. 
    In this episode I chat with Izzy about her story, intrusive thoughts around abuse, false memory OCD, getting therapy through the NHS, her compulsions, relapse, her first panic attack, getting ineffective therapy for OCD privately, starting medication, seeing a psychiatrist, getting therapy again on the NHS, changing medications with the doctor during pregnancy, understanding how her brain was working to better understand OCD, starting exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), how family members can help those with OCD, words of hope and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/story-izzy-mather-241
    The podcast is sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 1 hr 1 min
    John Tessitore - Leading With Love (JCK Foundation) (#240)

    John Tessitore - Leading With Love (JCK Foundation) (#240)

    In episode 240 I chat with John Tessitore from the JCK foundation who has kindly agreed to share his and his foundation’s story with us. 
    In this episode I chat with John about his OCD story, depression, religious, sexual and suicidal themed intrusive thoughts, meeting someone else with OCD, dealing with the suicide of a close friend, going through CBT therapy, starting the JCK foundation and the work he does with the foundation, leading with love, helping de-stigmatise mental health in schools, starting the JCK clinic in Uganda, words of hope for people with OCD, and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/john-tessitore-leading-with-love-jck-foundation-240
    The podcast is sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories
    Get some limited time only The OCD Stories x Draw Your Monster merch: https://teespring.com/monster-bus (100% profits goes to Riley's Wish Foundation)

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Margaret & Patrick - OCD & Substance Use (#239)

    Margaret & Patrick - OCD & Substance Use (#239)

    In episode 239 I have Dr Patrick McGrath head of clinical services at NOCD, and Margaret Sisson founder of the not-for-profit Riley’s Wish, which she started to honour the memory of her son Riley, who was a passionate advocate for people with OCD and addiction. 
    In this episode I chat with Margaret and Patrick about who they are, why they are passionate about helping people with OCD and substance use, how common OCD and substance use is, stigma of substance use, symptoms of addiction, treating addiction along with OCD, what inpatient treatment may look like for OCD and substance use, ideas for when you are afraid to tell your therapist about substance use, harm reduction or abstinence, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics anonymous, SMART recovery, things to consider with medication, words of hope, words of hope/advice for family members of people affected by this and much much more. Hope it helps.
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/Margaret-and-Patrick-ocd-and-substance-use-239
    The podcast is sponsored by NOCD. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans and if they currently take your insurance head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
428 Ratings

428 Ratings

Mick Mankato ,

Amazing

Amazing work. Thank you SO much for your contribution to the world of ocd and to the world in general.

DaveA1994 ,

A Support Group in your Pocket

Many listeners of this podcast likely understand the feelings of isolation that can come along with OCD. This show can serve as a reminder that you are not alone in your experience. There is so much to be said for that feeling of community, and for so many like me who may not be particularly forthcoming by nature, something like this can start to crack that door open. Thank you for helping me to get my foot in the door to recovery.

megs05109 ,

Thank you

Your podcast has been a life line for me on my road to recovery. Thank you for helping me feel less alone, helping me gain insight and understanding that inspired me to act and seek treatment after 30 years. Thank you thank you thank you.

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