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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6 days ago

Self-talk
Any qualified therapist will teach you about "self-talk". Why is it so important to have some kind of dialog with yourself when you are struggling with OCD symptoms? Well, before I answer that from my own perspective, let me ask you a question. Have you ever had a positive or nurturing obsession and/or compulsion caused by OCD? My answer is, never. Obsessions that have led me to compulsions have always been negative in some way. In my experience with recovery, self-talk is countering the negativity that OCD delivers. Even if you don't fully believe the words you are saying to yourself, your subconscious will still follow your lead. Examples: OCD says; you are going to panic right now. You counter with self-talk, I've been here before and I handled it, so go ahead and bring it on. OCD says; You may harm someone with that thought. You counter with self-talk; Nice try OCD, but that's not who I am. I have higher values than your bizarre obsessions. OCD says; you have to wash your hands or you will be contaminated. You counter with self-talk; I don't have to do anything you say because I'm in control here, not you! When OCD nags me with negativity or challenges, my own self-talk always leads me to these words - " yeah, yeah, yeah, heard it before but I ain't going down that road today." Now you tell me which feels more like recovery, self-talk or OCD babble? I choose positive, nurturing, encouraging self-talk. Takes practice but really works. JC <3
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1 week ago
Self-talk
Any qualified therapist will teach you about self-talk. Why is it so important to have some kind of dialog with yourself when you are struggling with OCD symptoms? Well, before I answer that from my own perspective, let me ask you a question. Have you ever had a positive or nurturing obsession and/or compulsion caused by OCD? My answer is, never. Obsessions that have led me to compulsions have always been negative in some way. In my experience with recovery, self-talk is countering the negativity that OCD delivers. Even if you dont fully believe the words you are saying to yourself, your subconscious will still follow your lead. Examples: OCD says; you are going to panic right now. You counter with self-talk, Ive been here before and I handled it, so go ahead and bring it on. OCD says; You may harm someone with that thought. You counter with self-talk; Nice try OCD, but thats not who I am. I have higher values than your bizarre obsessions. OCD says; you have to wash your hands or you will be contaminated. You counter with self-talk; I dont have to do anything you say because Im in control here, not you! When OCD nags me with negativity or challenges, my own self-talk always leads me to these words -  yeah, yeah, yeah, heard it before but I aint going down that road today. Now you tell me which feels more like recovery, self-talk or OCD babble? I choose positive, nurturing, encouraging self-talk. Takes practice but really works. JC

How do we get rid of unwanted thoughts? I'm asked this question a lot from OCD sufferers. Hey, I've asked it of myself. In my experience and knowledge of how OCD works, it's really the wrong question to ask. The question should be; how do I take the power out of unwanted thoughts. OCD seemingly produces bizarre and many times horrible thoughts, attacking our morals and values. In my view, the thoughts become stronger because we are highly sensitive creative people and the right side of our brains, or inventive hemisphere is highly active. Listen, even Steven Spielberg or George Lukas couldn't come up with the abstract thoughts and story-lines we do. Our left hemisphere, or analytical brain, seems to dim down a bit when these awful thoughts come in. Our job is to identify them as OCD or bully thinking and ignore them for what they are until they burn out. The thoughts are not you, they are OCD trying to make you perceive yourself as bad. You are not. Remember, these bully thoughts try to invade your morals and principals. I always ask myself, am I going to give this bully any power? The answer is always, no. And the way I persistently do it is to identify and ignore. Bullies want attention, they burn out when you don't give it to them. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago
How do we get rid of unwanted thoughts? Im asked this question a lot from OCD sufferers. Hey, Ive asked it of myself. In my experience and knowledge of how OCD works, its really the wrong question to ask. The question should be; how do I take the power out of unwanted thoughts. OCD seemingly produces bizarre and many times horrible thoughts, attacking our morals and values. In my view, the thoughts become stronger because we are highly sensitive creative people and the right side of our brains, or inventive hemisphere is highly active. Listen, even Steven Spielberg or George Lukas couldnt come up with the  abstract thoughts and story-lines we do. Our left hemisphere, or analytical brain, seems to dim down a bit when these awful thoughts come in. Our job is to identify them as OCD or bully thinking and ignore them for what they are until they burn out. The thoughts are not you, they are OCD trying to make you perceive yourself as bad. You are not. Remember, these bully thoughts try to invade your morals and principals. I always ask myself, am I going to give this bully any power? The answer is  always, no. And the way I persistently do it is to identify and ignore. Bullies want attention, they burn out when you dont give it to them.  JC
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OCD Coaching Videos are not designed to replace professional OCD Therapy. They are intended to help in the education and coaching for those suffering with OCD. James Callner is an OCD Educator and Coach, teaching from over 35 years of his own recovery experience. The Coaching Videos, Blog Posts and other information on this website are not a replacement for a professional therapist. Mr. Callner contributes his videos to the OCD Treatment Centre in Taunton England. OCD Treatment Centre therapists approve all OCD Coaching Videos. .