“OCD” is often used as an adjective to describe someone who enjoys cleanliness and organisation, but is that appropriate?

In this episode, Amelia and Jessica are joined by Dr Rebecca Anderson, an expert in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) research. She describes the symptoms and types of OCD, how information about OCD has been muddled during the pandemic and how new treatments might help better alleviate the symptoms of OCD in the future. 

  • What is OCD? [01:02]
  • Comparing OCD behaviours with COVID-safe behaviours [01:57]
  • Recognising that intrusive thoughts are normal [05:06]
  • Treatment options for people with OCD [11:12]
  • Why perfectionism and rumination should be the target of behavioural treatments [13:50]
  • tDCS: a new treatment for the future [15:48]
  • Making life easier for people with OCD [20:11]

If you have OCD or know someone who has it and need advice, please visit Beyond Blue if you live in Australia, or look for your nearest OCD clinic. Dr Anderson also has a free treatment program available for adolescents.

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Connect with our guests

Dr Rebecca Anderson –Senior Lecturer, School of Population Health, and Psychology Clinic Director, Health and Wellness Centre, Curtin University. 

Questions or suggestions for future topics

Email thefutureof@curtin.edu.au








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You can read the full transcript for the episode at https://thefutureof.simplecast.com/episodes/ocd/transcript