Author: Carol Edwards

  • Protected: Address Staring OCD

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  • Somatic Obsessions (exclusive content)

    How To Apply Exposure Response Prevention This document focuses on exposure-response prevention (ERP) for somatic obsessions. It includes regular homework checks to reinforce the learning objectives. The educational material has eight parts that begin with understanding overt and covert rituals, bodily obsessions, and how to create a hierarchy of fears. Also, monitoring anxiety when doing […]

  • How To Manage Dissociation (exclusive content)

    Includes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder On and Off the Autism Spectrum Carol Edwards’ six-part tutorial discusses dissociative states, such as depersonalisation and derealisation. It also talks about dissociation unique to OCD (a defence mechanism) when faced with obsessions. It includes modified cognitive behavioural strategies for people on the autism spectrum. It is an informative document and is suitable […]

  • Surviving Depression (exclusive content)

    How To Spot The Early Warning Systems Welcome to this brief yet informative tutorial that discusses the importance of spotting “Early Warning Systems”. These systems are the factors that can help clinically depressed patients evaluate why their moods are low, then monitor and manage their symptoms. It talks about other issues that might worsen depression—for […]

  • Address Staring OCD: Look Inside

    Staring OCD is a term to describe looking at people “inappropriately”. Carol Edwards is one of those people and has now recovered by ninety per cent. So, her goal is to raise awareness of this hidden variation of OCD, also referred to as Visual Tourettic OCD. She knows many people who struggle with it, most […]

  • 3 Crucial Reasons Why Exposure Therapy Fails In OCD That Isn’t Treatment Resistant

    3 Crucial Reasons Why Exposure Therapy Fails In OCD That Isn’t Treatment Resistant

    People who struggle with false desire in OCD usually think the solution is to work harder at preventing the feared outcome. In such cases, it can lead to a term known as absorption. Subsequently, these people conflict and become even more preoccupied with the obsession. In that case, the habituation process in ERP can be affected, but is not treatment refractory.

  • How Folding Your Arms Can Help You Power Through Peripheral Staring

    How Folding Your Arms Can Help You Power Through Peripheral Staring

    There are different techniques you can use to suppress the urge to look in situations I’ve just described. I’ll share one involving competing responses where a specific discomfort must overpower the premonitory urge to stare. This technique addresses the tic, not an obsession and compulsion related to it.

  • Staring OCD: Why You Need To Know Your Behaviours Just Before You Stare

    Staring OCD: Why You Need To Know Your Behaviours Just Before You Stare

    I’ve lived with V-TOCD for many years, but I’m now in recovery. I realised to recover, you need to notice your behaviours immediately before you get the premonitory urge to stare.

  • How The Brain Responds To Threat When Experiencing Intrusive Thoughts

    How The Brain Responds To Threat When Experiencing Intrusive Thoughts

    People with OCD struggle with painful, intrusive thoughts. As a result, their brains get confused, leaving them feeling uncertain about their moral values.  For example, consider Dave, who experiences conflict when he gets paedophile-intrusive thoughts (POCD) and feels sudden movement down there. He’s instantly terrified he’s a threat to children. But he needn’t be. And […]

  • False Memory OCD: Why Your Brain Gets It Wrong And How To Resolve It

    False Memory OCD: Why Your Brain Gets It Wrong And How To Resolve It

    Consider your brain’s unconscious mind when you find yourself obsessively worrying about a false memory. Previously, it will have picked up on something and triggered your brain’s amygdala to warn you of danger. As a result, it activates anxious feelings, so you do mental and physical checks to ensure things are safe, albeit unsuccessfully. Specifically, […]