State of Mind with Debra Sloss
State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Living Well with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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.

Broadcast: 7/4/21

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!

OCD Treatment
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).

Contact Guests
Dr. Donald Dufford, PhD,  Anxiety Treatment Services
email:  Phone: (831) 479-1960

Lisa’s Recommendations
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

Counseling Support
Family Service Agency (FSA) of the Central Coast is a dedicated underwriter of State of Mind. FSA provides resources, support, and counseling services to adults and children.  FSA believes in the power and potential of people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their own creative solutions and welcomes people of diverse cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, faiths, socio-economic backgrounds.  FSA Counseling Offices offer Medi-Cal, Medicare, and low-cost, sliding scale services in both downtown Santa Cruz 831-423-9444 x200 and in Soquel 831-346-6767 x200.