It’s very popular in OCD patient communities, and in mental health communities in general, to get stuck on labeling superficial symptoms. But it becomes just another way to practice the judging and categorizing and discriminating that can fuel so many compulsions. A more effective approach to support recovery from OCD is to understand (and eliminate) the compulsive[…]
This past weekend I was at the Toronto Peer Health Network’s annual symposium to facilitate a workshop on peer engagement. There were around 60 student leaders in the workshop who run peer health education programs at universities and colleges around Toronto. They’re working with their peers right around the age when all sorts of mental and[…]
If you’re starting off the new year with plans to make changes that will support recovery from mental illness, be honest about where you are and the skills you’ll need to learn to get to where you want to be. Our goals are often the results of the skills we need to learn, so be sure[…]
Stanford’s Medicine X conference was definitely the best health-related event of any kind I’ve ever attended. Launched by Dr. Larry Chu and an incredible group of collaborators a couple of years ago, it has grown into a special experience bringing together patients, healthcare practitioners, researchers, and technology companies to create change around major healthcare challenges that affect[…]
Ruminating on reasons you can’t recover because your symptoms are different or you have very unique circumstances that prevent you from moving forward… is one of the most common symptoms. You’ll always be able to think of reasons why you can’t cut out compulsions, why you need to keep doing unhealthy things right now, why[…]
If you’re new to the practice of mindfulness, these ten tips can help you incorporate the practice into your daily life. Any moment can become an opportunity to return to the present!
In anticipation of this year’s Medicine X Conference, some reflections on one of the stickiest problems in mental healthcare innovation… In less than a month, the Medicine X and Medicine X | Ed conferences will kick-off in Palo Alto, exploring the intersections of emerging technologies, healthcare, and design, with an emphasis on empowering patients to[…]
When we’re struggling with mental illness, it’s often the compulsions that get all of the focus, both when we’re trying to figure out what’s going on and when we’re getting treatment. Many disorders are defined only by the superficial characteristics of the compulsions they’re engaging in when they show up to get a diagnosis. But[…]
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I have mental health (just like everybody else). But it took me a long time to realize that and by the time I did, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, and a bunch of related mental illnesses had consumed my life. But it didn’t have to be that way. I could have saved enormous amounts of pain, energy, and money, if I’d taken a more proactive, preventive approach to mental health much earlier in life. Thanks to behavioral therapy supported by a lifestyle focused on being mentally and physically fit, I’ve been free from OCD for over five years. My focus now is on making great mental health more accessible and helping others succeed with recovery. I do that in several ways, which I'll explain below.
I write ebooks like The Acceptance Field Guide, which you can download here I also write traditional books made with real paper. My first will be in stores in 2017. I’m represented by Hattie Grunewald at the Blake Friedmann Agency.
To translate evidence-based therapy concepts and research into a more easily accessible and applicable format, I make animated and live videos. Viewers in 129 countries watch a combined total of roughly 100,000 minutes of my YouTube videos every month.
I work with people from around the world one-on-one and through online video courses to help support them through the process of recovery. To learn more about my video courses, visit the BrainSchool and to learn more about one-on-one coaching, send me an email.
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