Episode #32: The effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (commonly called OCD), go way beyond making someone a neat freak. In this anxiety disorder, obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviors take over people’s lives. It consumes hours of their days, restricts their lives, and increases isolation and suffering. OCD affects approximately 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children in the U.S and is equally common among men and women. Educator and musician, Lisa Taylor describes how her symptoms emerged in childhood and changed as she grew up, and she tells us about the practices and treatments that have enabled her to live a productive and fulfilling life. Lisa shares how she maintains her wellness through a combination of treatment approaches, including Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy. Psychologist and anxiety specialist Dr. Dufford discusses the symptoms and impact of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and shares information about some of the evidence-based treatment approaches available including an overview of how ERP therapy works. This episode features a moving, original song written and performed by our guest Lisa Taylor about her experience of living with OCD.
Special thanks to Jeanne Baldzikowski for audio production and to Jennifer Young for research and outreach. And finally, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating the use of our theme music.
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Information & Support
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) – Informative website that includes “Find a Therapist” feature, newsletter, blogs, book recommendations and more.
OCD San Francisco Bay Area – The SF Bay Area Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)- offering information, resources, support groups, awareness efforts and teen and young adult social activities.
Bay Area Support Groups Listing including:
- Oakland OCD Support Group (East Bay)
- Daly City OCD Support Group (North Peninsula)
- San Francisco OCD Peer Support Group (Meetup)
- San Francisco OCD Support Group (San Francisco)
- South Bay OCD Support Group (Santa Clara)
Your OCD Support Podcast – OCD information, support, and tools from a fellow teen OCD sufferer!
Ohana Center for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Monterey – has services for anxious youth and their parents.
- Vivo Groups – exposure group for youth with OCD symptoms
- SPACE Group – for parents of anxious youth
- Mindfulness Group – for kids ages 8-11
Anxiety Treatment Services – information about OCD and Anxiety Treatment, as well as downloadable self-help tools.
Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, by Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D – Paperback, Harper Perennial (2016).
The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking free From Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by Bruce Hyman, New Harbinger Press (2010).
Darren Folk, LCSW at Kaiser Permanente Psychiatry – for Exposure Response Prevention Group Therapy
Jeremy Kernion, LCSW at Kaiser Permanente Psychiatry – for Exposure Response Prevention Group Therapy
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