329 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 • 582 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: Maya Tadross (#329)

    Story: Maya Tadross (#329)

    In episode 329 I chat Maya Tadross who has kindly agreed to share her story with us.
    We discuss her OCD story, being in residential treatment, her experiences of exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), managing OCD alongside studying, living by her values, we talk about perfectionism, OCD symptoms changing form, her well being priorities, getting an ADHD diagnosis later in life, her experience of ADHD and how OCD masked it for her, and much more. Hope it helps. 
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/maya-329
    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

    • 36 min
    Dr Russ Harris: Rumination, urge surfing, and dropping anchor (#328)

    Dr Russ Harris: Rumination, urge surfing, and dropping anchor (#328)

    In episode 328 I chat with Dr Russ Harris. Russ is a medical practitioner, author of the international best-selling self-help book ‘The Happiness Trap’ (as well as nine others), and is a world-renowned trainer of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). 
    We discuss his book The Happiness Trap, the new second edition of the book, how ACT can help reduce rumination, Russ’s view of rumination, noticing and interrupting rumination during an exposure, he discusses the exercise dropping anchor, he guides us through dropping anchor live on the podcast, learning to make space for uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, we discuss learning to urge surf, how to stop techniques becoming compulsions, Russ shares personal examples of himself putting some of this into practice, words of hope and much more. Hope it helps.  
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/russ-harris-328
    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

    • 55 min
    Story: Elise Petronzio (#327)

    Story: Elise Petronzio (#327)

    In episode 327 I chat with Elise who has kindly agreed to share her OCD story with us. 
    We discuss her story, her OCD themes, we chat about mental compulsions, compassion, the problem with comparing recovery journeys, learning to manage her workload, her advocacy brand OCDOPUS, being an advocate, when family don’t understand, words of hope, and much more. Hope it helps. 
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/elise-327
    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

    • 42 min
    Story: Geoff (#326)

    Story: Geoff (#326)

    In episode 326 I chat with Geoff who has kindly agreed to share his OCD story with us. 
    In this episode we discuss his OCD story, harm obsessions, postnatal harm obsessions, working through grief for his brother, suicidal themed OCD worries, his compulsions, his advocacy in New Zealand, and much more. Hope it helps. 
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/geoff-326
    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
    Jessica Serber: Siblings, mindfulness and self-compassion in OCD treatment (#325)

    Jessica Serber: Siblings, mindfulness and self-compassion in OCD treatment (#325)

    In episode 325 I chat with Jessica Serber. Jessica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as the founder of Mindful CBT California.
    In this episode we discuss her therapy story, being a sibling of someone with OCD, how she supported her sister, how Jessica brings mindfulness into the therapy room, working with mindfulness sticking points, she shares an ice cube exercise for learning to tolerate discomfort and uncertainty, we discuss self-compassion, self punishment, an exercise for self-compassion, and much more. Hope it helps. 
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/jessica-serber-325
    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

    • 42 min
    Story: Pamela (#324)

    Story: Pamela (#324)

    In episode 324 I chat with Pamela who has kindly agreed to share her OCD story with us. 
    We discuss her OCD story, stress in childhood, growing up in a religious upbringing, getting a diagnosis, trichotillomania, depression and PTSD, her compulsions and worries, medication and exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), and much more. Hope it helps. 
    Show notes: https://theocdstories.com/episode/pamela-324
    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

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
582 Ratings

582 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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