Helpful OCD Links

Helpful OCD Links

We are collaborating with the OCD Treatment Centre in England, and highly recommend their resources, including this OCD self-test.   There is so much information about OCD on the internet. Below we are sharing links to the ones we find the most hopeful and helpful. Enjoy.

Recommended OCD Resources

OCD Foundation ocfoundation.org What is OCD? ocfoundation.org Materials & Fact Sheets: ocfoundation.org/materials.aspx Intensive Treatment Programs: ocfoundation.org/ITP.aspx Anxiety Disorder Association of America adaa.org Anxiety Social Net: anxietysocialnet.com Stanford School of Medicine: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders ocd.stanford.edu OCD Center of Los Angeles (live and telephone cognitive behavioral therapy) ocdla.com/cognitivebehavioraltherapy.html ocdla.com/telephone-online-therapy-ocd-anxiety.html OCD Education Station ocdeducationstation.org Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous obsessivecompulsiveanonymous.org Tourettes Syndrome Association tsa-usa.org Trichotillomania Learning Center trich.org National Alliance for the Mentally Ill nami.org Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA marc.ucla.edu MedicineNet.com offers useful information on OCD as well as anxiety and other disorders.

Additional Educational Sites

Other educational fact-finding sites about OCD are included below. Education is empowerment, and empowerment brings wellness. Here is a link to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Also check out: AnxietyPanic.com For more information about OCD, visit the IOCD Foundation website. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Linked To Brain Activity Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D. site: http://www.jeffreymschwartz.com/ The Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders offers some excellent articles: Four Steps by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz The Use of Mindfulness in the Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz Peace of Mind Foundation: http://www.peaceofmind.com/ Autoimmune Neurological Disorders: the connection between childhood strep throat and OCD Q&A with Dr Michael Jenike at Heathyplace.com: What To Do About the Obsessions Part of OCD OCD Recovery Centers of America ocdrecoverycenters.com

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What does it mean to help someone? What does it mean to be kind to someone? What does it mean to be empathetic to someone? Everything. And, it's paradoxical. In my experience, the most important purpose in life is to do one or all of those things for someone in need. Why? Helping others with kindness and empathy brings you spiritual growth. It helps you grow up to the reality that we don’t have to be not alone, that we have people that understand even if we don’t know them. You may ask yourself; how can I help anybody? I wouldn’t know what to do? Start by listening. I mean really listening deep listening. You don’t have to fix anybody, you don’t have to be anybody’s therapist, you don’t have to give any advice. Just listen with an open mind and a caring heart. I didn’t learn this until I was in my early 40s. At the college where I taught, I joined a committee called the campus assistance program. This was a program made up of a small number of teachers that have gone through traumas and crisis themselves, and our job was to listen to students who had problems much like ours and be front line advocates for them. My area was anxiety and panic disorder because I experienced them myself. I know anxiety from the inside out. A woman who was an older student tracked me down and wanted my advice. I told her to tell me her story. I listened without interruption for close to four hours. From time to time I would interject, I understand or I hear you, but nothing more than that. After she was done telling me her issues, I told her that we had better get going because it was getting late. With tears in her eyes, she thanked me for all my help and told me she felt so much better. What did I do? I didn’t give her any advice, I just listened. I believe by talking to someone who cared she taught herself what she needed to learn. There is great power and purpose in helping anyone in need or anyone that feels alone. That's why we are in this group. The paradox is - it helps you too. JC 💙 ... See MoreSee Less

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What does it mean to help someone? What does it mean to be kind to someone? What does it mean to be empathetic to someone? Everything. And, its paradoxical. In my experience, the most important purpose in life is to do one or all of those things for someone in need. Why? Helping others with kindness and empathy brings you spiritual growth. It helps you grow up to the reality that we don’t have to be not alone, that we have people that understand even if we don’t know them. You may ask yourself; how can I help anybody? I wouldn’t know what to do? Start by listening. I mean really listening deep listening. You don’t have to fix anybody, you don’t have to be anybody’s therapist, you don’t have to give any advice. Just listen with an open mind and a caring heart. I didn’t learn this until I was in my early 40s. At the college where I taught, I joined a committee called the campus assistance program. This was a program made up of a small number of teachers that have gone through traumas and crisis themselves, and our job was to listen to students who had problems much like ours and be front line advocates for them. My area was anxiety and panic disorder because I experienced them myself. I know anxiety from the inside out. A woman who was an older student tracked me down and wanted my advice. I told her to tell me her story. I listened without interruption for close to four hours. From time to time I would interject, I understand or I hear you, but nothing more than that. After she was done telling me her issues, I told her that we had better get going because it was getting late. With tears in her eyes, she thanked me for all my help and told me she felt so much better. What did I do? I didn’t give her any advice, I just listened. I believe by talking to someone who cared she taught herself what she needed to learn. There is great power and purpose in helping anyone in need or anyone that feels alone. Thats why we are in this group. The paradox is - it helps you too. JC 💙
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