In this episode, I discuss one of the most common rituals and safety behaviors in OCD and anxiety: mental review. While we all engage in the process of mentally reviewing old conversations and past events from time to time, when you have OCD and anxiety, this process can feel uncontrollable and lead to significant impairment and distress.
I also talk about..
- Examples of mental review and why giving into this behavior actually makes your OCD and anxiety worse over time
- What to do instead of mentally reviewing and how to become more aware of it in the moment
- Quick tips and strategies to feel overall more in control of your compulsions, even mental ones
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Remember: this podcast is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as mental health or medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional advice of your own professional mental health or medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical or mental health professional before trying or implementing any information read here. I am not acting as your therapist or mental health professional and this is not therapeutic advice. My goal is to provide you with options, resources, and information to make an informed decision regarding your mental health.
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I’m Jenna Overbaugh, a licensed therapist who’s been working with people who have OCD/anxiety since 2008. I am all about helping you get your life back so OCD and fear no longer keep you feeling so small. Follow along for tons of resources, guidance, and encouragement to do ALL THE HARD THINGS!
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In this episode, I talk with OCD warrior and mental health advocate, Jessie Burnbaum, about her experience of living with OCD and a chronic illness. Jessie co-founded the IOCDF Chronic Illness/Disability Speciality Interest Group and helps lead virtual meet-ups for the IOCDF Young Adult Special Interest Group. We discuss..
– the parallels of having a chronic illness and OCD
– how OCD and anxiety can be particularly challenging when you have a chronic illness
– ways in which ERP can differ for chronically ill patients
– how Jessie's medical journey forced her to face some of her biggest exposures
– how having a chronic illness is the ultimate ”unknown”/”uncertainty” and tips for coping
To learn more about Jessie and the Special Interest Group, follow her on Instagram @chronically.courageous or follow the link below:
Head to my website at www.jennaoverbaughlpc.com to sign up for my free e-mail newsletter, grab your free ”Imagine Your Recovered Life” PDF, and download your free “5 Must Know Strategies for Managing Anxiety and Intrusive Thoughts” video + access expertly crafted masterclasses just for you. Course and more coming soon!
Remember: this podcast is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as mental health or medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional advice of your own professional mental health or medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical or mental health professional before trying or implementing any information read here.
Jenna Overbaugh, LPC
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