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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Ali Greymond has posted videos on OCD recovery. I found it really helpful.

OCD Threat vs. Real Threat

Here's what I have learned about the workings of OCD over many years. I'm going to simplify it because I can't stand complexity. OCD perceives a threat of some kind, it goes directly to your amygdala and fires off a fight or flight response. We flight, manifesting in anxiety, The perceived threat keeps looping in our thoughts which can lead to compulsions to soothe that flight response. But, is it a real threat? E.g. I was on the off ramp of the freeway and an ambulance went flying by my car. The OCD threat briefly hit me with a thought and a little anxiety. Could I get sick from any germs magically flying in the air from that ambulance?. Answer; no. Why? If that were true, hundreds if not thousand of cars that the ambulance drove by would be all "contaminated" too. So, that's an OCD threat that creates a lie in our minds. A real threat; One day, I had to stop suddenly on the freeway to avoid the hitting the car that stopped to fast. Same process but I couldn't label that as an OCD threat. It was real and the fight or flight went off and I slammed on my breaks. In that case I went into fight mode because I didn't want to hit the car. So what's the lesson or practice? Identify OCD threats as lies. Then, breathe. The percentages of an OCD treat being real are so off the chart we can safely say -OCD always lies. JC <3
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OCD Threat vs. Real Threat

Heres what I have learned about the workings of OCD over many years. Im going to simplify it because I cant stand complexity. OCD perceives a threat of some kind, it goes directly to your amygdala and fires off a fight or flight response. We flight, manifesting in anxiety, The perceived threat keeps looping in our thoughts which can lead to compulsions to soothe that flight response. But, is it a real threat? E.g. I was on the off ramp of the freeway and an ambulance went flying by my car. The OCD threat briefly hit me with a thought and a little anxiety. Could I get sick from any germs magically flying in the air from that ambulance?. Answer; no. Why? If that were true, hundreds if not thousand of cars that the ambulance drove by would be all contaminated too.  So, thats an OCD threat that creates a lie in our minds. A real threat; One day, I had to stop suddenly on the freeway to avoid the hitting the car that stopped to fast. Same process but I couldnt label that as an OCD threat. It was real and the fight or flight went off and I slammed on my breaks.  In that case I went into fight mode because I didnt want to hit the car. So whats the lesson or practice? Identify OCD threats as lies. Then, breathe. The percentages of an OCD treat being real are so off the chart we can safely say -OCD always lies. 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. .