394: Paul Mc Carroll on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


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Paul Mc Carroll is an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety specialist, therapist, and mental health trainer from Belfast, Ireland. As someone who once struggled greatly with OCD, Paul’s story is unique: he now works as a mental health trainer in the hospital in which he was once a patient. He uses his story to inspire hope, reaffirm that recovery is possible, and help clients to stop struggling and start living.

In this episode, Paul and Eric discuss OCD, including what it is, what it’s like to suffer from it, and various treatment options that exist that can help someone to heal from this disorder.

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In This Interview, Paul Mc Carroll and I discuss Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and…

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • His experience suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) beginning in his teenage years
  • His truth and life story of “the wounded becomes the healer”
  • The Japanese proverb, “Fall down 7 times, get up 8” as it relates to recovery being non-linear
  • What to do with intrusive thoughts when they show up
  • The difference between extreme worry and OCD
  • Ruminating thoughts
  • Treatments for OCD
  • How somatic mindfulness ties into OCD
  • Ways to relate differently to our thoughts so that we suffer less

Paul Mc Carroll Links:

Paul’s Website



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