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September 17, 2007

12 Sep
I’m again looking for help in researching a new audio - this time for obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCD) .. Would you be willing to share your experiences with me, so I can create the best possible guided imagery audio?..
I’m at that point in the process of researching our new imagery for Obsessive-Compulsive symptoms: time to ask those of you who suffer from this condition (which can be anything from pesky to debilitating) to share your experiences with me. My questions are the same, pretty much, as last time, when I was asking about Panic Attacks:

  • What’s it like having to deal with this?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • What alleviates it for you?
  • What helps you cope?
  • Do you use any mind-tricks to interrupt it?
  • What doesn’t help at all or makes it worse?
  • Any imagery you’ve come up with on your own to help with this?
About one in 40 people suffer from either obsessive thoughts (having the same thoughts over and over again - fears or worries, usually) and/or compulsions (trying to neutralize the worrisome thoughts with rituals, over and over again). It’s surprisingly treatable with a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Medication. One of the best programs I’ve come across was developed by Jonathan Grayson PhD, who runs a clinic for this outside of Philadelphia. His self-help book, Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is terrifically helpful.

Anything you can tell me about what it’s like from the inside, having to deal with OCD, would be wonderful. I must have gotten nearly 300 emails about panic attacks when I was researching those, and it made all the difference in the world when writing that imagery. So thank you in advance for your insights and experiences!

I look forward to seeing many of you in Rochester, MN for my 9 CEU workshop for professionals and health consumers, Reversing Panic Attacks, Acute Stress & PTSD: Powerful New Solutions to Formerly Intractable Problems. Sponsored by The ConferenceWorks with the Assn for Humanistic Psychology, there are deep discounts available for Health Journeys Professionals and their clients and patients. For more information, call 800-395-8445, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click on http://www.conferenceworks.com/speaker.php?sid=11.

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award