Free Me from OCD
About Free Me from OCD
Do you know someone with OCD who struggles with money? Join us as we reveal the financial challenges faced by individuals living with OCD and their families . Click here to register for the upcoming webinar OCD, Neuro-divergent Brains and Money: How to Head to Financial Health Sunday , November 26th at 1 PM Pacific Click here to share your money story with the Free Me from OCD community..
What is trauma? What's happening in the brains of people with trauma? How do you know if you have it? What's the connection between trauma and OCD? What is intergenerational trauma? In this podcast episode, Dr. Vicki Rackner offers some answers. Click here to get on the waiting list to be notified when we open membership to the OCD Haven. It's a virtual online community for people with OCD-- and the people who love them. You'll find a safe place to become educated, share stories, get coached and know you are not alone!
Finally your healthcare professional delivers the three little words. Obsessive compulsive disorder. You might have heard. “You have OCD.” Or “Your child has OCD.” The diagnosis of OCD does not have magical powers. Your brain wiring is the same the day before and after a health care professional delivers the diagnosis. However, the meaning you ascribe to the diagnosis and what you do with a diagnosis can radically transform your life. So today, let’s discuss: Why a diagnosis is so important, especially when a diagnosis describes how neurodiverse brains work. What is the value of an accurate diagnosis? How and why do people use the diagnosis against themselves and do more harm than good? Click here to learn more about ERP. Click here to go to NOCD and find an ERP practitioner.
Do you feel uncomfortable when your kids are disappointed? You are not alone! In this podcast episodes you will find: Insights into why our kids’ disappointment tends to be such a problem for us parents. The high cost of an unwillingness to live with the discomfort of disappointment. What you CAN do when your child is disappointed.
We all face disappointment at some point in our lives, and it can be challenging to manage those feelings. In this podcast we will: Explore what disappointment is Identify common ways of managing disappointment that are NOT effective Lay out a process for effectively managing disappointment. This is Part 1 in which we help you manage your own disappointment. In the next episode we'll talk about how to help your child manage his/her disappointment. We'll also address what you say and do when someone disappointment you, or someone expresses their disappointment in circumstances in which you are involved.
Welcoming a new baby into the family is a joy-filled event. However, human brains can pose challenges. You already know about postpartum depression. In this podcast episode you will learn about postpartum OCD. My guest, Jenna Overbaugh, is a licensed professional counselor and NOCD therapist. Jenna shares her own experience with postpartum OCD and demystifies this taboo condition. Do you know someone who might be struggling with postpartum OCD? Here are some helpful resources. Contact NOCD to speak with a therapist who treats OCD--and postpartum OCD-- with the evidence-based clinical intervention ERP. Click here to learn more about ERP. Listen to Jenna's podcast All The Hard Things. Join Jenna's Facebook mom's support group Lake Country Moms of Wisconsin.
Has your child learning to manage OCD ever told you, “I’m broken?” Have you ever thought about your child as broken? This podcast is for you. We’ll explore the high cost of thinking of people as broken. Then I’ll show you a different path. Click here to watch the basketball challenge.
College application is the source of anxiety. In this podcast episode, you'll hear a conversation with our guest Dan Ulin. For the past 35 years, Dan has helped kids get into the college of their dreams and set them up for success in adult life through his company Elite Student Coach. In this episode, Dan offers answers to the following questions: 1. What do college admissions officers want? 2. What are some tips to help a college applicant be successful? 3. Should the diagnosis of OCD be disclosed on college applications? 4. What if the student likes a college, but there are no resources for students with OCD? Questions for Dan? He invites you to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever thought, “I’m to blame for my child’s OCD?” It seems like such an innocent thought; however, it is not. In this podcast episode I will help you understand the the high cost to hanging onto the thought, “I’m to blame for my child’s OCD.” Or any variation of “I’m a bad parent.” You’ll see why it’s downright dangerous. You’ll also learn and what to do when you have this thought, or your in-laws tell you that you are responsible for your child’s OCD. We’ll also explore what to do when your child blames you for their OCD.
Would you like an alternative to power struggles with your kids managing OCD? In this episode, you learn the third stage of the Relationship Reboot. Here you'll learn what to say to you kids instead of getting into an emotional tug-of-war about how your adult child managed OCD.
Have you ever been in an emotional tug-of-war with your child or other family members about how OCD is managed? In this episode, you'll learn to unplug from OCD-related power struggles with the Relationship Reboot. This is the second of a series of 3 podcasts. Click here to listen to the first in the series.
Have you ever been in an emotional tug-of-war with your child or other family members about how OCD is managed? In the next series of 3 podcasts, I’ll uncover the origins of the most common conflict within families—which are usually power struggles— and show you how power struggles do more harm than good. Then I’ll lay out an alternative I call the Relationships Reboot. Click here to listen to the podcast episode in which I interview NOCD's Tracy Ibrahim about EPR--the evidence-based treatment for OCD proven to work.
What do you do if OCD obsessions take the form of thoughts or urges of harming yourself or harming others? In this podcast interview, Dr. Vicki interviews NOCD leader and therapist Tracie Ibrahim. Tracy helps us understand what harm OCD is--and what it is not. Here are the main take-away messages: 1. People with OCD can have thoughts and urges about harming themselves or others. 2. These thoughts about harm are usually obsessive thoughts or urges. 3. Harm themes are managed in exactly the same way other OCD thoughts or urges are managed. 4. It's critically important to be evaluated and treated by a therapist skilled at managing OCD harm themes. Reach out to NOCD to get connected with such a therapist. NOTE: If you have any question about whether your child is suicidal, err on the side of safety and bring your child to the ER.
I would like to nominate OCD as one of the 5 most misunderstood condition in medicine. Lack of information can lead to suffering as the OCD diagnosis and treatment are delayed. In this podcast episode I will debunk the top 5 myths. Click here to visit the International OCD Foundation. Click here to listen to the podcast about ERP. Click here to visit NOCD and find an ERP therapist. Click here to get on the waiting list for The OCD Haven. This is a safe place to educate yourself, talk about your experiences with OCD, pose your questions and get support.
OCD and shame seem to be tied at the hip. In this podcast episode we'll explore what shame is, where it comes from and how to manage it. You’ll see that shame can sabotage you as you learn to manage OCD—-or serve you. Here are the main take-away messages: Shame is just a feeling. It will not kill you, although it might feel like it! Shame communicates the message that you have not lived up to the standards you set for yourself. When you have guilt, you say to yourself, "I made a mistake." When you have shame, you say to yourself, "I am a mistake." You get embarrassed when you worry what others will think of you. Click here to listen to the podcast episode about embarrassment. If you think you have to earn your worthiness, you are vulnerable to feeling shame. OCD makes you more vulnerable to experiencing shame. When you have shame, you will want to hide. The hiding can prevent you from getting to the other side of OCD. Shame is triggered by circumstances; however, shame is caused by a thought that you are unworthy. Shame leads to hiding and lying. the hiding makes shame worse. Here are some thoughts to manage shame: 1. Recognize the feeling of shame. 2. Don't judge yourself for having shame. 3. You can replace the thought "I'm unworthy" to "I'm worthy." The "thought ladder" can help you get there. 4. Don't hide. Speak your truth. You can send an anonymous postcard to Here's the mailing address: OCD Confessions Dr. Vicki Rackner 2355 Fairview Ave N #219 Roseville, MN 55113 Can't wait to share them with you!
It's the ultimate taboo topic---OCD sexual themes. Listen to this podcast conversation with NOCD therapist Tracie Ibrahim . You will find: Unpleasant and disturbing sexual thoughts and images are very common with OCD. OCD thoughts are often lies. Sexual OCD obsessions are managed in the exact same way any other obsession is managed. Would you like to break the conspiracy of silence about your OCD sexual thoughts? Send an anonymous postcard to OCD Confessions 2355 Fairview Ave N #219 Roseville, MN 55113 Click here to listen to my conversation with Tracie about ERP. Please feel welcome to leave your thoughts or comments.
Have you ever tried to achieve a big goal and felt stuck? Maybe you're even moving backwards. What do you do? In this podcast episode, Dr. Vicki offers a suggestion about how to get unstuck. Click here to watch a video of Dr. Vicki's son deadlifting 550 lbs https://youtu.be/8wEjkQiFCAA