Tag Archives: Exposure and Response Prevention

ONLINE OCD CONFERENCE

Connect with others living with OCD and related disorders at this year’s #OCDCon! Join me and thousands of others for a three-day virtual event filled with support, community, and learning
on 7/31-8/2.

Learn more at onlineocdconference.org or @IOCDF!

Grayson Center Pasadena 1,000,000 steps for OCD Walk

EVENT DATE: JUN 02, 2018
Join us for the our first Pasadena 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk, hosted by The Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety & OCD to benefit  the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)!  This is part of the IOCDF’s national week of walks to raise funds.  If you can join us, please register yourself at OCD Walk (click link).  It’s free to join us, but if you walk with us and raise $25 in your name by May 7th, you will receive an official OCD Walk t-shirt.  If you can’t join us, please make a donation at OCD Walk (click link).

Where: Memorial Park, Pasadena  When: Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Check-in: 9:00 am
Opening Remarks: 9:30 am
Walk End: 12:00 pm

Questions? Contact
Jonathan Grayson at jbg1717@gmail.com

2nd Interview from The OCD Stories

Stuart Ralph’s The OCD Stories has just released his second interview with me.  We discussed OCD Recovery, treatment resistance and listener questions.  To listen, click below:

Dr Jonathan Grayson – Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

One Man’s Battle with OCD

Click here for Tim Mulkerson’s of MIC (an online “magazine” for those wondering) about his OCD and his successful treatment using ERP

The Southern California Affiliate of the IOCDF Keynote Addresses/2nd Annual Conference

Click here to watch the Southern California OCD Affiliate’s 2nd annual conference 2 keynote addresses. The first is mine and discusses uncertainty and a number of primary mental obsessions. The second if Ethan Smith, a comedian, actor, spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation and generally a great guy.

OCD Sufferer’s Panel accompanying my OCD Awareness Week presentation

This is from a an OCD Awareness Week Event. This is the panel that followed my presentation, “The ABCs of Overcoming OCD.” The speakers, Liz McInvale, Ethan Smith and Jeff Bell humble me with their life stories and their bravery. I hope I could do as well as them if I were in their circumstances.  Click here to see their panel.

The ABC’s of OCD – an introduction to OCD treatment

This is from a livestreamed OCD Awareness Week Event. Click here to watch  my presentation of “The ABCs of Overcoming OCD.” My thanks to Liz McInvale, Ethan Smith, Jeff Bell and Barbara Van Oppen for putting this together and for there wonderful presentations. You can check out their presentation which is also shared on this site.

OCD Stories interview with me

Click on this link, OCD Stories,  to watch a podcast interview with me on The OCDStories – a site dedicated to sharing stories of those with OCD and information from professionals.

Free OCD Speakers Series & USC Genetic Study Event

WHEN:
Sunday March 13 2016,  10:30am – 4:00pm (if you have OCD or an OCD related disorder ( hoarding, skin picking, hairpulling, body dysmorphic disorder, you may be eligible to participate! Study enrollment opens at 10:30)

WHERE:
Courtyard Marriott Pasadena
180 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA
(Free parking on the street)

RSVP:
By March 7, 2016 to vannoppe@usc.edu

* Light refreshments will be provided

Presentations:

11:00am-12:15pm
Jonathan Grayson, PhD, The Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety and OCD
“The ABC’s of OCD: Understanding OCD and its Treatment”

1:00 pm-1:45 pm:
Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, University of Southern California
“The Role of Family in OCD”

1:45pm-2:30pm:
Chris Trondsen, The Gateway Institute
“Life Beyond OCD”

2:30pm-3:30pm:
Question and Answer Panel

10:30am-4:00pm:
**Study Enrollment all day (compensation will be provided)

* Research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
   Approved by USC HS-IRB 10-00299.

Relapse Prevention Tips: The Right Attitude

When you are in the middle of suffering from OCD, all of your attention is upon overcoming OCD, that future time when everything will be okay forever.  But it won’t be that way.  Life will be wonderful, but  real life is also full of ups and downs.  After a honeymoon period of having freedom, your next task will be living – finding out how to fill all of that time that used to be devoted to OCD, whether that time way eaten by behavioral or mental rituals.   If you have OCD, you have a wonderfully creative mind and if you don’t use it, OCD will.

And then there is slipping.  It turns out that for any behavior a person has to work on changing , slips will occur.  Your OCD was like a garden full of weeds.  You’ve gone through treatment and worked incredibly hard cleaning out the weeds and planting what you want  –  your garden is beautiful, but weeds will grow.   You have to decide how much effort you want to put into keeping it beautiful, because you can let it get overgrown with weeds again.  The good news is that no matter how much you slip, no matter how weedy your garden becomes, you can always come back, but the more you slip the more work you will have.  In future posts I will discuss some of the relapse prevention that is in my book.  The main focus of this post is a friend of mine, Shala Nicely who is an OCD Therapist; that is, she is a wonderful therapist who treats OCD and she has OCD.  She attended the 2014 International OCD Foundation Conference in LA and attended my “virtual camping” trip.  Shala’s OCD is never going to take control of her again, but she will slip.  Slipping is normal and your relapse prevention work is to make slips less frequent and to keep them small. A major part of the work is learning to have the right attitude.  If you expect to have slips and expect to have to battle them, you will be ready.  If you expect to never have a slip, OCD will blindside you and you will fall.  Click on this link for Shala’s 2014 IOCDF experience to see the fighting attitude you want to learn to adopt to maintain treatment gains.  Shala, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your courage and wisdom.