Bisexuality & Sexual Orientation OCD: Double Invalidation

Uncategorized Apr 05, 2021

 

By: Elle Warren

 

In 7th grade, close to a decade before knowing OCD was anything besides a preference for cleanliness and organization, I was sitting on the sidelines of the gymnasium for cheerleading practice. I watched my teammates jump and stunt and tumble, awaiting my turn to get thrown in the air. Without warning, the projector in my brain began to play a childhood memory I’d forgotten about. From ages 4-6, my neighborhood best friend and I, a girl, used to kiss. We would reenact scenes we’d seen in the movies our older siblings watched or make up our own scenes. She typically made me be “the boy.” 

With this memory came the extreme distress that did not leave me for years: I became a scientist of my sexuality, dissecting attraction. Forming hypotheses and then testing them in my head. I imagined sexual scenarios with both genders to test whether or not I wanted them to happen. I agonized over what it meant that as a young child, I...

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Would I benefit from an online course for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)?

blog Mar 17, 2021

It can be hard to know whether it’s best to take an online course for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) or receive face-to-face services. If you’re trying to make that decision, this article is for you!

Though it would be great if mental health services were widely accessible both geographically and economically, I’m sure most of us know that they simply are not. This is why online courses are so incredibly helpful: no matter where you are, you can access quality information and treatment for specialized things such as BFRBs.

Of course, an online course will require a little more self-accountability than seeing an in-person therapist would. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help come to a conclusion on whether an online BFRB course would suit you:

 

  • Are you self-motivated? You are fed up with BFRBs consuming you and taking up so much space in your life. You are ready to tackle the underlying root of them without the structure of weekly...
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Asking For Help Changed My Life

guest post ocd Jul 30, 2019

 

By: James Poultney from Derby, England

 

Although I didn't know it until age 25, I have lived with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) since I was around 10 years old. I used to perform compulsions such as opening and closing windows, repeating "good thoughts" and repeating behaviors "until things felt right".

 It was mainly night time when my rituals would really present themselves. I didn't really understand why I felt compelled to perform these behaviors, but I knew that I had to do them or else something awful was going to happen. It felt like a really lonely place to be because I was convinced that I was the only person in the world to have this strange behavior.

 My teenage and University years came and I still had problems with outward compulsions. However, these reduced drastically and my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) focused more on internal ruminations, mainly related to health problems that I didn't have but felt that I may have had. These...

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Managing Anxiety Related To Sleep

anxiety sleep Jun 21, 2019

Do you have trouble Managing Sleep Anxiety?  If so, this podcast episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is for you!

Experiencing significant anxiety around the time they go to bed and while they are asleep is a common theme among my clients.  They may report rumination and racing thoughts while they are trying to fall asleep, difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep, or waking up in a panic.

In this episode, we are talking specifically about managing sleep anxiety and not about the medical components of sleep disturbances (ex. sleep apnea, narcolepsy, etc.).

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According to the National Institutes of Health, over 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder.  Furthermore, 50% of people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) have a sleep disorder. I was shocked...

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Chris Trondsen talks about Rebuilding Life After OCD

What does life look like after treatment for OCD?  If you have ever asked yourself this question, this podcast episode is for you!

Many of my clients and members of the CBT School community have asked for more episodes about the emotional side of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s), and Anxiety.  In this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, we talk all about the common emotions involved in the recovery process and what life is like after struggling mental illness.

Christopher Trondsen, an OCD advocate and sufferer, joins us to talk about Rebuilding Life After OCD.  In this episode, Chris discusses how confused he was as a child and how he was called a “difficult child.”  He also talks about being wrongly diagnosed with other mental illnesses, which led to him isolating himself and then surviving a suicide attempt. Chris Tronsden delves into the emotions he felt after the suicide...

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Paul Gilbert Talks All Things Self-Compassion

If you have been wanting to start a self-compassion practice, this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast will blow your mind!  We address everything that you need to know about self-compassion.  When I say we, I am referring to myself and Paul Gilbert. You heard that right!  Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Gilbert joins us today. I consider Paul Gilbert to be a Shame and Self-Compassion “Guru.”

Shame is something that we all experience and is very difficult when it comes to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Specific Phobias, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s) such as Dermatillomania (compulsive skin picking) and Trichotillomania (hair pulling).  Paul talks about how to apply self-compassion in our everyday living and shares profound insight and understanding of the human brain.  We have talked about...

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Evelyn Tribole talks Intuitive Eating

This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit podcast is incredibly special and very dear to my heart.  The amazing Evelyn Tribole, author of Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works, joins us for this episode.  Yes, you heard that right!  This episode is geared towards giving you all some direction with food and body, especially if you struggle with immense fear surrounding food. 

Don’t miss this podcast episode!

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE streaming HERE

I have shared with you my own personal struggle with an eating disorder in a recent podcast episode.  The disorder destroyed me.  I had so much fear, dread, panic, obsessions, and compulsions around fear and exercise.  To give you a bit of context as to why this episode is important to me, Evelyn’s book Intuitive Eating pretty much...

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Returning to Three Mindfulness Basics for Anxiety and Depression

Do you ever feel like it is time to return to the basics?  There are so many “tools” and strategies to practice that help you manage your emotions, obsessions, compulsions, and anxiety, which can feel overwhelming at times. You might feel like you need to simplify your mental health practices so that you only have a few things to focus on. If you have been feeling like this, you are not alone. 

Very recently, I realized that it was time for me to return back to some mindfulness basics and review the tools that were so helpful to me a while ago.  That is what this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is all about: 3 mindfulness basics for depression and anxiety that are very important to return to over and over again.  In my opinion, they are the most basic and important three and are so helpful when you are dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and life events.

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Dr. Jed Siev talks Religious (scrupulosity) and Moral Obsessions

In this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, I was honored to talk with Dr. Jed Siev about Religious and Moral Obsessions. Dr. Jed Siev specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Swarthmore College.  He specializes in religious and moral obsessions in particular, which are extremely common among those suffering from OCD.  I’m so excited to share this episode with you!

Don’t miss this podcast episode!

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE streaming HERE

Via my Instagram (@kimberleyquinlan), I was able to take some questions from followers for this episode that I asked Dr. Jed Siev.  He brought skill, compassion, and research into the conversation in such a beautiful way.

Some of the questions that were discussed in the interview, with answers by Dr....

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Shawnté Johnson Talks About Life After OCD

I’m so thrilled to talk about life after Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast.  You will LOVE this interview if you want to really visualize what recovery looks like.

What does it look like on the other side of recovery?  I frequently get asked questions by my clients and social media followers about recovery for OCD and anxiety.  They ask what “recovery” means, what it looks like, and how they can get there.  Understanding recovery is an incredibly important part of taking those first steps towards fear. 

In this episode, Shawnté Johnson—a wonderful OCD advocate and blogger—joins us to talk so beautifully about her recovery journey from OCD and anxiety.  She not only shares about her life after recovery, but talks about life before and during treatment.  What I love about Shawnté is that she not only talks the talk about recovery, but walks the walk...

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