Episode #128 – OCD and Chronic Illness: The Ultimate Unknown

June 2, 2023

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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:


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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.

Jenna Overbaugh, LPC

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