Purely Obsessional OCD (Pure O) with psychotherapist India Haylor.

Don’t believe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is *only* about hand-washing, checking and tidiness. There’s much more to it, including a lesser known set of invisible symptoms referred to as ‘Pure O’. They can involve mental ruminations, going over memories to check them, arranging thoughts, and mentally assessing lots of “What if?” scenarios. There are many subtypes and themes; each deeply distressing to the person who cannot stop obsessing about them.


My special guest on healthHackers™ episode 54 is India Haylor - psychotherapist and founder of OCD Excellence. She’s been working in OCD for 17 years in both the UK and USA. India also has OCD - and the therapists she trains have had personal experience with it too (it’s part of the hiring criteria).


In this episode, hear India discuss:


🔹how Pure O differs from the OCD you’ve previously heard about

🔹thought neutralizing, counting and ‘lucky’ numbers

🔹chewing, blinking, and other secondary subtype obsessions

🔹what does relationship OCD (ROCD) look and feel like?

🔹treatment methods for Pure O

🔹is it important for a therapist to spot Pure O versus traditional OCD?

🔹why therapists can struggle with if they’re not experts in OCD

🔹when India’s OCD started and how it manifested

🔹the positive aspects of living with OCD

🔹why India only recruits therapists who have personal experience of OCD

Follow OCD Excellence on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ocdexcellence/

Visit the website: https://www.ocdexcellence.com/

OCD Action (UK): https://ocdaction.org.uk/

International OCD Foundation: https://iocdf.org/

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