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42. OCD and Me

Lucy Williams is a collaborator of Dark Coffee, having graduated with a degree in Psychology last summer. Lucy has experienced OCD and feelings of anxiety intermittently throughout her life and shares her experiences in a time where fixations on feelings of guilt due to the media and the high priority of hygiene have made some of the general population more likely to manifest symptoms similar to those of OCD.

The interview also discusses the bodily manifestation of OCD, the overlaps with certain forms of anxiety, the importance of therapy and advice for anyone who might be noticing the signs of OCD in anyone around them.

Also discussed:

(1:10) Intro

(2:14) OCD and the diagnostic criteria, Lucy’s personal experiences, compulsions and the way OCD can manifest

(5:27) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and what it involves when treating OCD, the role of intrusive thoughts

(9:02) The link between anxiety and OCD, adrenaline and the bodily manifestation, the hereditary aspect of certain disorders/conditions

(12:13) The current situation with coronavirus and how this is affecting people due to feelings of guilt, which is a strong component of OCD

(14:10) The hangover of symptoms of OCD even after no longer being considered to have OCD anymore in terms of the diagnostic criteria

(16:53) Distinguishing between normal behaviour in terms of hygiene, etc versus what might be ‘too much’, especially due to media panic, keeping perspective

(25:10) Suggestions for supporting individuals showing signs of OCD like symptoms, promoting the awareness of the symptoms/manifestations

(29:07) Therapy and the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and appropriate therapy

(32:32) Compassion and the importance of looking at things from other people’s perspectives in the current situation

(34:55) The way OCD can change due to your circumstances and therapy later down the line, recovery and perspective

(41:00) How sometimes our behaviours due to mental health conditions can actually relieve us in certain ways, when controlled and under self-awareness

(47:14) Closing comments and advice

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