Becoming Anchored S2E6: All Things OCD with Amy Mariaskin

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In this episode of Becoming Anchored, host Laura Deneen welcomes Amy Mariaskin to explore the complexities of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Broadcasting from Brentwood, Tennessee, this episode delves into the intricacies of OCD diagnosis, treatment, and the intersection with other mental health conditions.

Key Insights from This Episode:

OCD Diagnosis and Treatment: Amy shares her personal journey with OCD and professional insights, emphasizing the importance of accurate diagnosis and effective treatment through evidence-based practices like Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

Overcoming Shame and Stigma: Learn how to navigate the shame and stigma often associated with OCD, and the crucial role of compassionate therapeutic relationships in fostering healing.

ERP Misconceptions: Amy debunks common myths about ERP, highlighting its collaborative, personalized, and compassionate nature, and how it integrates with other therapeutic modalities.

Intersections with Eating Disorders: Explore the overlapping traits between OCD and eating disorders, particularly the role of avoidance and perfectionism in both conditions.

Building Resilience and Tolerating Discomfort: Discover strategies to enhance emotional resilience, including tolerating discomfort and building trust in oneself through gradual exposure and mindfulness practices.

Practical Homework: Amy provides listeners with actionable homework to reflect on their reassurance-seeking behaviors and practice resisting these compulsions to foster greater self-reliance.

This episode of Becoming Anchored offers profound reflections and practical strategies for understanding and managing OCD, encouraging a path toward personal growth and emotional well-being.

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