Below is the link for my interview on Kimberly Quinlan’s, the Anxiety Toolkit on OCD Recovery and the Role of Acceptance: Ep. 168: Acceptance with Dr. Jonathan Grayson #Acceptance #JonathanGrayson #OCD #OCDTreatment
Stuart Ralph’s The OCD Stories has just released his second interview with me. We discussed OCD Recovery, treatment resistance and listener questions. To listen, click below: Dr Jonathan Grayson – Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder #OCDTreatment #Acceptance #Copingwithuncertainty #TreatmentResistant #ExposureandResponsePrevention
Max in a post to this site asked what about convincing someone, with certainty, that they have OCD, since this would be comforting and reassuring. There are three problems with this approach. First, as I’ve noted elsewhere, research has shown us that the only people who have absolute certainty are stupid, which eliminates this as a possibility for most OCD sufferers. Seriously, we find that attempts to reassure oneself by saying ‘x’ is OCD followed by the comfort that I d
Patrick, I assume you read the post article here about obsessing about obsessing, so I will not repeat what was there. This form of OCD is a difficult one to help a sufferer understand what to do and I apologize if this doesn’t seem clear. In your post you ask if you should ruminate and I would re-word that to say exposure, since ruminating suggests ritualizing to me. You mention that you have a number of feared consequences (e.g. becoming poor) that you say may happen.
Recently I answered a question on a list-serv. The author noted that ERP wouldn’t work for her, because she wasn’t worried about immediate consequences, but disasters that might result in the future. I let her know that the point of ERP is NEVER to prove anything is safe, but to assist in learning to live with uncertainty. Her issue was chemicals, so I thought it would helpful to explain why her rituals weren’t complete enough. My answer to her is below. Even if you don
Amanda’s suffers from fears of being gay and says that she has read my book and understands that she needs to accept the possibility of being gay to get better (see book for why this is so). However, she then goes on to say that she thinks she may have arousal feelings and this might make it true and that she doesn’t want to accept. Amanda, you are raising the most important issue about acceptance. To work on accepting the possibility is exactly what you are not doing. And