Aha! Moments2019-06-01T00:57:29+00:00

Aha! Moments

I’m always thinking about how books, movies, and events apply to people suffering from OCD and related disorders, anxiety or depression. Which means that I’m also thinking about how they apply to me. Because yes, along with being an OCD therapist, I also have OCD.

OCD can influence your life in subtle (and not so subtle) ways that can affect how you view the world, how you approach treatment, how you manage your recovery, and how you function in relationships with others and the world around you. Often when I’m reading books or watching movies or videos, even ones that have nothing to do with OCD, I have moments of epiphany where I say, “Aha! That applies to people who have OCD!” In my Aha! Moments blog posts, I use my own experience with OCD to explain these epiphanies and how I apply them to my own recovery. In recent years, I’ve also expanded the blog to include descriptions of tools and techniques I’ve found helpful in my own recovery.

You can browse the Aha! Moments below, or go to a list of all of them.  Sometimes the posts will be found on this website and sometimes I post them on my Beyond the Doubt Psychology Today blog, and in that case, I provide links to each of the Psychology Today posts.

As you probably already know :), my blogs are not a replacement for therapy, and I encourage all readers to find a competent ERP therapist. See the IOCDF treatment provider database for a provider near you.


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Q&A for Shoulders Back! The Man in the Park

Here are the questions submitted about my blog post Shoulders Back! The Man in the Park and my answers. If you have additional questions, you can submit them in the form below. I hope it's helpful! Q1 I like the physical part feeling the shoulders back but, why does it seem like some days it works and other times not so much. Could it be certain days one can feel more powerful?? Also love your blogs wish they came more often. When I read them I feel so much more powerful at the time!!! © Can Stock Photo / ra2studio A: I’m so glad the blogs help you feel powerful—that’s awesome, because no matter what OCD says, YOU ARE! (And see Q8 for more about feeling powerful and your inner strength). In answer to your question: yes, on certain days you can feel more powerful than others for many reasons, including your mood, how much OCD is [...]

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