If you haven't listened to the episode we did on OCD with Daniel Davidson then go check it out here! We talk to Daniel Davidson, founder of ill apparel, about anxiety, intrusive thoughts, and OCD. We explore the differences between obsessions and compulsions and answer questions like, "If I am not my own thoughts, then who am I?" This might be our most insightful episode yet. There are so many misconceptions surrounding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that give us false ideas of what problems those with OCD face.
Here are some of the super helpful resources that Danz wanted to share with you all:
Danz also highly recommends Aaron Harvey's work at Intrusivethoughts.org
A helpful video about OCD misconceptions.
A chapter I found that Danz and myself think is super helpful for understanding and empathizing:
Here's a couple specific articles he says have been helpful for him:
Lastly, here's an adapted 4-step process that Daniel mentioned for cognitive bio-behavioral self-treatment for OCD by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz:
Step 1: RELABEL
Recognize that the intrusive obsessive thoughts and urges are the RESULT OF OCD.
Step 2: REATTRIBUTE
Realize that the intensity and intrusiveness of the thought or urge is CAUSED BY OCD; it is probably related to a biochemical imbalance in the brain.
Step 3: REFOCUS
Work around the OCD thoughts by focusing your attention on something else, at least for a few minutes: DO ANOTHER BEHAVIOR.
Step 4: REVALUE
Do not take the OCD thought at face value. It Is not significant in itself.