335 episodes

Welcome to The OCD Stories, hosted by Stuart Ralph. The podcast has been heard over 4million times globally. Check out your first episode from our existing hundreds of episodes featuring experts, and people experiencing symptoms just like you today. If you do, you may just feel understood, heard and possibly help you identify your next step in your own personal journey to healing.

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

The OCD Stories Stuart Ralph

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 584 Ratings

Welcome to The OCD Stories, hosted by Stuart Ralph. The podcast has been heard over 4million times globally. Check out your first episode from our existing hundreds of episodes featuring experts, and people experiencing symptoms just like you today. If you do, you may just feel understood, heard and possibly help you identify your next step in your own personal journey to healing.

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

    Story: Traci (#335)

    Story: Traci (#335)

    In episode 335 I chat with Traci who has kindly agreed to share her story with us. 
    We discuss her story, misophonia, perfectionism, religious scrupulosity, starting with therapy, ADHD, sexual intrusive thoughts, unwanted arousal, groinal, needing to get therapy perfect, rumination, and so much more. Hope it helps. 
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/traci-335
    The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Jonny Say - Self-compassion, and building up psychological flexibility in OCD treatment (#334)

    Jonny Say - Self-compassion, and building up psychological flexibility in OCD treatment (#334)

    In episode 333 I chat with Jonny Say. Jonny is a UK based psychotherapist. 
    We discuss how he’s doing, Jonny’s mental health and how he practices self-compassion daily, we discuss shame around intrusive thoughts and in doing compulsions, the inner critic, self-compassion and how it can help, building up psychological flexibility skills before exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), values based exposure, dropping anchor, a compassionate approach to ERP, and much more. Hope it helps.  
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/jonny-say-334 
    The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 50 min
    Dr Roberto Olivardia - ADHD and OCD (#333)

    Dr Roberto Olivardia - ADHD and OCD (#333)

    In episode 333 I chat with Dr Roberto Olivardia. Roberto is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He also maintains a private psychotherapy practice.
    We discuss his therapy story, and personal story with ADHD, the school system and ADHD, what ADHD is, the comorbidity of OCD and ADHD together, how ADHD can feed into OCD, common OCD themes he sees with ADHD, how ADHD can undermine therapy for OCD if untreated, shame in ADHD and OCD, making accommodations for ADHD to enhance OCD treatment, medication for ADHD, why ADHD gets undiagnosed in OCD and more so in women, and much more. Hope it helps.  
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/roberto-olivardia-333
    The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Story: Kim and Jack (#332)

    Story: Kim and Jack (#332)

    In episode 332 I chat with Kim and Jack Vincenty who have kindly agreed to share their story, from the perspective of mother and son. 
    We discuss Jack’s story, Kim’s story as the parent, moral scrupulosity, being surrounded by triggers, going through multiple rounds of exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), going to Colorado to do his biggest exposure, depression, where Jack’s at now, we discuss their new not-for-profit JACK, spreading ERP in Puerto Rico, words of hope and much more. Hope it helps.  
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/kim-and-jack-332 
    The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 54 min
    Art as healing: A live podcast with Catherine Benfield, Lily Bailey and Laura Johnson

    Art as healing: A live podcast with Catherine Benfield, Lily Bailey and Laura Johnson

    In this special midweek episode of the podcast which was recorded at the OCD in Society event recently. I chat with these 3 OCD advocates and artists about who they are, what their creative expression for OCD is, dealing with imposter syndrome and self doubt, the benefits of creative expression, how art can help spread information about OCD, and much more. Hope it helps.  
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/ocd-in-society-live
    The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 38 min
    Story: Amanda Arulanandam (#331)

    Story: Amanda Arulanandam (#331)

    In episode 331 I chat with Amanda Arulanandam who has kindly agreed to share her story. 
    We talk about her story, growing up catholic, sexual intrusive thoughts, fears of sinning, seeking help from her priest, some of her compulsions, hitting rock bottom and considering suicide, doing exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), how her grandmother helped her, her grandmother’s own struggles, what else helps her, and much more. 
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/amanda-331
    The podcast is made possible by NOCD. NOCD offers affordable, effective, convenient therapy available in the US and outside the US. To find out more about NOCD, their therapy plans, if they currently take your insurance, or to download their free app, head over to https://go.treatmyocd.com/theocdstories

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
584 Ratings

584 Ratings

IVEYAC ,

Helpful and calming!

This podcast is so informational and useful that I can’t thank the creators enough. It makes me feel less lonely and more hopeful about dealing with OCD. I have suffered from OCD since I was about 9 years old. I was first diagnosed when I was 18. I learned to cope with it by avoiding triggers, but never attacked the root of the problem. Also, having grown up in Latin America there wasn’t much information on this type of mental health disorder, which made me feel alone and miserable. I’m now 25 and can’t help but think about the positive impact this kind of information would have had on me in those earliest adolescent OCD years. Keep on the great work, because one of the most isolating things about OCD is the shame that it produces and how lonely we feel when we suffer from it. This helps tremendously!

beard beautiful ,

Bull crap

I find that all the quests you have are people that have good careers and have the disease under control somewhat. How about having someone like myself who has been hospitalized 6 times and has to take horrid medications that cause tremors has diarrhea at least six times a day. I go from job to job because my bi polar and ocd torture me. I am 48 and have been battling since I was in middle school. My family doesn’t understand and therapists are not helpful. No support groups in my area. I would be better off having a drinking problem. At least I would get help. Sorry for all this, but mix it up and get some real people who battle everyday and are not getting what they need. So many people hurting.

Nozzies fun ,

So helpful!

I’m in the midst of my OCD journey, and this podcast has helped so much. Stuart covers just about everything OCD related. I feel a lot less alone hearing other peoples stories that hit so close to home. Every episode has valuable insight that has helped me understand my OCD better. This podcast actually encouraged me to go back to therapy and really try ERP after hearing all the success stories from it.

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