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All The Hard Things

All The Hard Things

By Jenna Overbaugh
I'm Jenna Overbaugh, a licensed therapist with 10 years of experience working with people who have OCD/anxiety and other disorders. I'm also a personal trainer, a mom, and lover of modern spirituality. Follow along for tons of resources, collaborations, and encouragement to do ALL THE HARD THINGS!

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Disclaimer: Please note that the information/resources offered on this podcast is not, nor is it intended to be, therapy or a replacement for therapy. It does not constitute a client/therapist relationship.
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#77 - Rumination in Postpartum OCD
This episode features Kaci, a mom who experienced harm intrusive thoughts with compulsive rumination as a mother.  We talk about... - her experience of intrusive thoughts, rumination, and getting therapy for these issues - her experience of going through exposure and response prevention (ERP), the gold standard treatment for OCD - her recommendations for stopping rumination and what to do instead For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom and Australia.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org.
41:46
May 28, 2021
#76 - Handling Rumination and Fear of Relapse with Kristina Orlova
In this episode, I'm joined by Kristina Orlova, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in the treatment of OCD.  We talk about .. - rumination and how this is a controllable, ritualistic behavior and, therefore, a choice - how to sit with uncertainty in OCD - how to respond when obsessions and compulsions attack your recovery and make you worry about relapse For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org. https://www.instagram.com/ocdwhisperer/ www.korresults.com/membership
26:49
April 20, 2021
#75 - OCD, Treatment, and Advocacy with Zach Westerbeck
In this episode, I'm joined by Zach Westerbeck who is an OCD warrior, mental health public speaker, and author of the book "You're Not Alone".  Together, we talk about.. - Zach's lived experience with OCD including sexual orientation obsessions and compulsions - how he turned his experience of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts into advocacy and a passion to help others - the importance of realizing that you're not alone in your journey even though OCD is so rarely talked about or addressed For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org. Zach's book: https://www.amazon.com/Youre-Not-Alone-Overcome-Depression/dp/0578754207 Zach's website: https://zachwesterbeck.com/ Zach's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zach_westerbeck/
54:26
April 16, 2021
#74 - How to Sit With Uncertainty for OCD with Nathan Peterson
In this episode, Nathan Peterson and I go through our health scares and talk about what to do when the "what if's" actually happen. We go through tips you can use for your OCD and health anxiety. Uncertainty is the key to feeling better. It's time for you to learn how you can sit with it comfortably. For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org. OCD online course: https://www.ocdandanxietyonline.com/ OCD and Anxiety Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3ClvnrcrC-3wr27fz_HlIQ
43:36
April 12, 2021
#73 - Postpartum Harm OCD and Treatment (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Jaime, mom of two who experienced harm intrusive thoughts while pregnant and during postpartum.  We talk about... - her experience of intrusive thoughts and distressing urges - her experience of going through exposure and response prevention (ERP), the gold standard treatment for OCD - why she is grateful for having gone through this difficult time and what advice she has for new moms/anyone who is having harm related intrusive thoughts For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org.
37:50
March 31, 2021
#72 - OCD Therapists: Not Your Average Therapist with Madina Alam
In this episode, I talk with Madina Alam, fellow NOCD therapist and ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) lover.  We discuss... - why OCD therapists who do ERP aren't like the typical therapists you see in the media or on TV - what makes OCD therapists unique in their approach/work - our favorite (and most challenging) parts about doing ERP/working with people who have OCD For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org. You can find more about Madina Alam on Instagram at mentalhealth_wealth_
50:06
March 28, 2021
#71 - The OCD/Eating Disorder Overlap with Emily Feldman
In this episode, I talk with Emily Feldman, OCD and eating disorder warrior and advocate, about the overlap between OCD and eating disorders.  Here, we discuss.. - how rules, rigidity, and scheduling tendencies affected Emily's OCD and her eating disorder - eating disordered behavior in general including mental restriction, orthorexia, and more  - Emily's advice for anyone struggling with the OCD/ED comorbidity For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org. References  https://www.cbtschool.com/ https://www.instagram.com/emilylfeldman/
46:02
March 24, 2021
#70 - "Pure O" Question and Answer from Instagram
In this episode, I answer questions from my Instagram on rumination.  You'll hear about... - my thoughts on how to "stop ruminating" - the difference between good distraction and bad distraction - why OCD makes you doubt even whether you have OCD - what "embracing uncertainty" means  For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org. Resources mentioned in the episode: https://drmichaeljgreenberg.com/defining-rumination/ https://drmichaeljgreenberg.com/how-to-stop-ruminating/ http://www.chrissiehodges.com/about-chrissie https://www.madeofmillions.com/articles/intrusive-thoughts-pure-o-dr-steven-phillipson-ph-d
34:46
March 22, 2021
#69 - What is "Pure O" and Does it Exist?
In this episode, you'll learn about... - what the term "pure o" means  - my thoughts on whether "pure o" exists - why there's such a controversy about the concept of "purely obsessional disorder" - how therapists can approach someone who says they have "pure o" For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org. Resources mentioned in the episode: https://drmichaeljgreenberg.com/defining-rumination/ https://drmichaeljgreenberg.com/how-to-stop-ruminating/ http://www.chrissiehodges.com/about-chrissie https://www.madeofmillions.com/articles/intrusive-thoughts-pure-o-dr-steven-phillipson-ph-d
23:37
March 17, 2021
#68 - OCD Question and Answer from Jenna's Instagram
In this episode, you'll hear me answer questions like ..... - "Can moms have relationship OCD with their baby?"  - "How do I deal with the burnout of intrusive thoughts?" - "What's different about working with children and adolescents vs adults?" - "How do I deal with my fear of emotions?  I always try to fix/fight them." Plus existential intrusive thoughts, health anxiety, values, and more.  For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org.
29:29
March 9, 2021
#67 - Why Aren't My Exposures Getting Easier? (Habituation vs Inhibitory Learning Model)
In this episode, you'll learn about... - 7 reasons why you might not be habituating to exposure (i.e, getting used to them)  - the habituation model vs inhibitory learning model of exposure and response prevention (ERP) - why not habituating to your exposures/not getting used to them can still be a really good thing! For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org.
28:37
March 1, 2021
#66 - What Do I Think/Do During Exposures?
In this episode, you'll learn about... - the difference between attention and awareness, and why you can't control your thoughts but you can control what you do with them  - what you should be doing and thinking during exposures - things you should avoid doing during exposures For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org.
26:51
February 21, 2021
#65 - Relationship OCD - Presentations and Treatment
In this episode, you'll learn about... - common symptom presentations of relationship OCD - ideas for treatment of relationship OCD - information on relationship vs partner focused relationship OCD, values, and common misperceptions carried by those who have relationship OCD For OCD treatment, check out NOCD - head to www.treatmyocd.com and schedule your free 15 minute phone call to get connected with a licensed therapist who specializes in Exposure and Response Prevention.  NOCD is a mobile therapy platform and includes video sessions with a therapist, in addition to peer support, ERP tools, and more.  It is available in all 50 states and the United Kingdom.  Self-pay, sliding scale, and insurance options accepted.  This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to IOCDF.org, psychologytoday.com,  or nami.org.
28:04
February 14, 2021
#64 - The Different Levels of Care in Mental Health Treatment
In this episode, you'll learn about... - the various levels of care (inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient) and how they differ from each other - what to expect in each level of care and how to know what level of care is right for you/your loved one/your client - ways to find and access different levels of care, including IOCDF.org and psychologytoday.com This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
23:19
February 7, 2021
#63 - Postpartum Rage and How the Health System Fails Moms
In this episode, I interview Casey, an OCD warrior, advocate, and mom.  She talks to us about.. - her personal struggles with postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, and rage - her difficulties with the maternal mental health system in getting the help/recognition she needed - encouragement for other moms and ways that we can help support each other despite a failing maternal mental health system
38:51
January 15, 2021
#62 - Handling OCD, Treatment, and Chronic Pain as a Mom
In this episode, I interview Stephanie, an OCD warrior, advocate, and mom.  She also runs @navigate_ocd on Instagram.  She talks to us about.. - her personal struggles with anxiety, OCD, and chronic pain especially as it comes up in motherhood - difficulties with the maternal mental health system and having to advocate for herself (depression vs anxiety) - her experience of going through exposure and response prevention (ERP) for her OCD - tips and reflections on how to handle successes, set backs, and challenges associated with ERP 
50:35
January 10, 2021
#61 - When The Anxiety Rating Scale Makes You Anxious
In this episode, you'll learn about... - what is a SUDS scale (subjective unit of distress scale) - ways that a SUDS/rating scale might make people anxious, especially if these individuals have ocd or anxiety - strategies for clients/therapists to work through so they can get the most out of treatment despite these difficulties This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
31:41
January 1, 2021
#60 - Can You Do Too Much ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention)?
In this episode, you'll learn about... - what's problematic about doing too much exposure and response prevention work  - four topics to address if you suspect that someone is doing too much ERP or perfecting their ERP - strategies for therapists, clients, and people struggling with OCD and anxiety for how to manage perfectionistic or compulsive tendencies with their exposure assignments This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
29:26
December 30, 2020
#59 - Prenatal and Postpartum Depression with NotMotherGoose
This episode features Cierra, also known on Instagram as @notmothergoose, who talks to us about her experience with prenatal and postpartum depression.  She also talks to us about.. - the difficulties of prenatal depression, including sleep disturbances, and how these symptoms can be easily confused or discounted for pregnancy related issues (eg hormones) - the additional difficulties of postpartum depression and how it can be exacerbated by issues with breastfeeding, having no support, and comparisons to other moms or how things "should" be  - the importance of medication and treatment when struggling, plus her own advocacy work and how to advocate for yourself in the mental health field  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment. If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
01:01:37
December 27, 2020
#58 - Mental Health Advocacy with Elise Petronzio
In this episode, I interview Elise Petronzio, an OCD warrior and advocate.  Elise also runs "The OCDopus", an OCD advocacy and recovery shop. She talks to us about... - her personal struggles with OCD and anxiety - her OCD advocacy and recovery shop, available on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/theocdopus) - important treatment concepts like "ride the wave" and "embrace uncertainty" - advocacy opportunities including how to use social media positively to reduce stigma and shame around OCD/anxiety/mental health You can find more from Elise on her Etsy shop above or by visiting her on Instagram @theocdopus.
38:19
December 20, 2020
#57 - Postpartum Depression and Constantly Being Needed (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Noelle, who talks to us about her experience with postpartum depression with her first child.  She also talks to us about..  - the difficulties of breastfeeding and how it "ruined" much of motherhood for her - the resentment, isolation, loneliness, and feelings of guilt that come along with motherhood - practical suggestions and ways to make the transition into subsequent children easier on everyone's mental health This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment. If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
54:39
December 19, 2020
#56 - 10 Ways to Open Up More in Therapy
In this episode, you'll learn about... - for clients: strategies you can use to open up more in therapy - for therapists: tools and resources to give your clients to help them open up more - why it's important to talk about difficult/anxiety provoking topics in therapy - recap of some reasons why a client might have a hard time being vulnerable in session This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
29:28
December 12, 2020
#55 - Parenting with COVID-19
In this episode, you'll learn about... - challenges faced by preferred/default parents who have COVID-19 - the mental, physical, and emotional toll of COVID-19 on the parent - recommendations for managing your stress and well-being despite being positive for COVID-19 This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
41:29
December 12, 2020
#54 - Trauma, Grief, and the Maternal Mental Health System with Tracy Gilmour-Nimoy
This episode features Tracy Gilmour-Nimoy, a licensed marriage and family therapist and also a certified perinatal mental health professional.  She talks to us about... - her experience of having to terminate her pregnancy at 32 weeks due to complications - her traumatic pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum experience - the maternal mental health system, how it fails women, and how you can still advocate for yourself  - how she works with women and families who experience difficulty conceiving, high risk pregnancy, traumatic delivery, and more To find out more about Tracy, check out her website at www.tgntherapy.com or find her on Instagram @tracygeee. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
40:46
December 3, 2020
#53 - Why It's Hard to Open Up in Therapy
In this episode, you'll learn about... - reasons why clients find it hard to open up in therapy - my thoughts as a therapist to some of these fears/concerns - therapist recommendations to help clients recover, feel comfortable, and open up more - the importance of opening up and being honest in therapy  This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
36:58
November 29, 2020
#52 - Fear of Developing Postpartum Mental Health Issues
In this episode, you'll learn about... - risk factors for postpartum mental health issues - protective factors for postpartum mental health issues - practical tips for dealing with uncertainty of whether you'll develop a postpartum mental health issue - ways to set yourself up for good mental health care prior to having children This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
36:13
November 26, 2020
#51 - What Your Triggers Say About You and How to Overcome Them
In this episode, you'll learn about... - triggers and trigger warnings - the reasons for and against trigger warnings - functional vs dysfunctional ways of dealing with triggers - what triggers actually mean about you and how to overcome them This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
25:30
November 20, 2020
#50 - Easing Mom Guilt Around Sleep Training with Erin Meinel
This episode features Erin Meinel, an infant and child sleep consultant who is also a mom to two young children.  In this episode, we discuss... - the stigma behind sleep training and how there are different methods to meet your needs - the issue/concern of "attachment" and why it won't be negatively affected by sleep training - practical tips to ease the emotional difficulty of sleep training for parents - Erin's process of helping families and how to work with a sleep consultant You can find more from Erin at www.lakecountrysleep.com and on Instagram at @lakecountrysleep. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
45:31
November 19, 2020
#49 - Sleep Tips for Baby and Mom's Mental Health with Erin Meinel
This episode features Erin Meinel, an infant and child sleep consultant who is also a mom to two young children.  In this episode, we discuss...  - how to set the stage for your baby's/child's sleep  - Erin's tips for bedtime and nap time routines  - how and why to make sleep a priority  - Erin's process of helping families and how to work with a sleep consultant  You can find more from Erin at www.lakecountrysleep.com and on Instagram at @lakecountrysleep.  This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
40:49
November 16, 2020
#48 - Therapy for Adult Children of Narcissists and Disordered Eating with Alisa Stamps
This episode features Alisa Stamps, a licensed clinical social worker.  Alisa specializes in helping adult children of narcissists and those struggling with disordered eating/poor body image.  In this episode, we discuss... - the struggles of an adult child of someone who displays narcissistic tendencies/traits  - the importance of setting boundaries - disordered eating, poor body image, and how to know when these issues have become problematic  - the role of social media in providing education and also busting the concept of therapists needing to be a "blank slate" You can find more from Alisa Stamps at www.alisastamps.com and on Instagram at alisastamps.therapist This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
40:24
November 14, 2020
#47 - Trauma After Birth and the Importance of Getting Help (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom.  This episode features Jill, mom of two who went through the traumatic experience of seeing her 3 day old infant have a stroke.  She also talks to us about... - her postpartum anxiety that she experienced with both of her children  - her decision to get help immediately and how medications and therapy have helped her immensely  - how she navigates life as a wife, mom of 2, business owner, and teacher while working opposite shifts from her husband  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment. If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
46:35
November 12, 2020
#46 - Confessions of a Therapist
In this episode, you'll learn about... - how a therapist can experience compassion fatigue and/or burnout - how therapists are people, too, with their own issues and maybe even their own experience in therapy - other things you've always wondered and wanted to know about therapists This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
33:13
November 9, 2020
#45 - Coping with COVID19 Anxiety and OCD (Part II)
In this episode, you'll learn about... - what you can/can't control as it relates to COVID19 - how people with OCD/anxiety "hold the key" for how to handle COVID19 - why sitting with uncertainty is so important during the pandemic - ways to find support groups and therapists for additional support This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
18:25
November 8, 2020
#44 - Coping with COVID19 Anxiety and OCD (Part I)
In this episode (part 1 of 2), you'll learn about... - whether COVID19 can "cause" anxiety and/or OCD - what to do with questions related to how clean something is or if something is safe - how to tell whether you're responding functionally or letting anxiety/OCD take the driver's seat - how COVID19 has changed the treatment world for contamination fears and anxieties This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
33:25
November 8, 2020
#43 - Harm Intrusive Thoughts and Recovering from a Difficult Childhood (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Courtney, mom of two who experienced difficulty conceiving and a high risk pregnancy with her first child.  She also talks to us about.. - her persistent anxiety that includes harm intrusive thoughts about her baby/family - difficulty with paternal postpartum depression - her issues with a difficult childhood and how these struggles have resurfaced for her as a mom This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
01:01:01
November 8, 2020
#42 - Postpartum Depression, Shame, and Releasing Ideal Motherhood Expectations (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Noelle, mom to a 20 month old son who had a condition and required open heart surgery when he was just 4.5 months old.  Noelle also talks to us about.. - her struggle with postpartum depression, shame, and anxiety, as well as how these showed up for her in her day to day life (e.g., thoughts of wanting to leave, illogical thought patterns) - her experience with an ectopic rupture and how she coped - her experience in therapy, practical things she does on a daily basis to maintain her recovery, and how we're all in it together This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
49:04
November 5, 2020
#41 - Handling the Halloween Candy Hangover with Intuitive Eating
In this episode, you'll learn about... - toxic messages you've been given about sugar and candy - how to eat more mindfully and intuitively vs with discipline and willpower - why restricting candy and sugary items from yourself/your children is unhealthy and leads to more problems - practical ways to improve your relationship with candy/sugar for you and for your children This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
29:22
November 4, 2020
#40 - Become A Master Problem Solver in Four Simple Steps
In this episode, you'll learn about... - things that you're doing that you probably think are problem solving, but are NOT problem solving - four simple steps to effectively solve problems - how to effectively brainstorm potential solutions to problems This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
26:21
November 1, 2020
#39 - How to See Problems as an Opportunity for Growth
In this episode, you'll learn about... - negative vs positive problem orientation - the consequences of perceiving problems as threatening, dangerous, and bad - practical ways to start having a more positive relationship with problems so you can view them as opportunities for growth/learning This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
29:10
October 30, 2020
#38 - Looking Back on Postpartum Depression and Rage (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Amanda, who says she never really wanted to be a mom, then as she got older and decided to try to get pregnant, struggled with infertility.  She talks about... - her postpartum depression and how she felt trapped in her new life - how her depression manifested as rage at times, especially when sleep deprived - dealing with a colicky baby, having no family or social support, and finally getting help  - how she deals with the regret and shame of lost time with her daughter, and also how she feels stronger than ever because of these experiences This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
50:01
October 26, 2020
#37 - Finding Balance, Confidence, and Your Identity After Kids (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Jessica, a woman who always wanted to be a mom and now has two children.  She talks about her experience of feeling very confident with her first child then being "thrown for a loop" with the second.  She also discusses... - trying to find balance with all of the roles she fulfills in her life including mom, wife, friend, and more - managing anxiety and building confidence with her second child - navigating her own identity, desires, and needs after becoming a mom - being on active duty in the navy/in the reserves while pregnant and while being a parent This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
42:45
October 25, 2020
#36 - Coping with Election Anxiety and Uncertainty
In this episode, you'll learn about...  - how to deal with worry and anxiety about the upcoming election - what to do if the person you didn't vote for becomes president - practical mental health and spiritual tips to ease the uncomfortable emotions leading up to, and after, the election This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
24:53
October 24, 2020
#35 - Finding Strength and Confidence After Depression and a Divorce (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Allison, a recently divorced single mother of 2 who experienced a miscarriage, became an emergency foster parent, and became pregnant again all in less than a year.  She also talks about..  - her experience with mental illness which resulted in suicidal thinking, inpatient stays, and residential treatment for depression and an eating disorder - having to unexpectedly become an emergency foster parent for her niece and helping her cope with a trauma background - managing her own mental health amidst a divorce and how she uses skills she learned in treatment to overcome these difficulties This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
37:12
October 23, 2020
#34 - Finding Hope and Peace During Infertility with Monika Friedman
For this episode, I'm joined by Monika Friedman, a 4 time IVF warrior and now a working mom who owns Monika Friedman Coaching.  She focuses on a Full Circle Fertility Method and helps women find hope and peace on their journey to increase their changes of getting pregnant. In this episode, you'll learn about..  - 3 practical things you can do to decrease stress, anxiety, and sleep issues as well as boost your self worth and outlook on life during the infertility journey - how mindset, lifestyle, and tactics come together to create a full circle picture of fertility and how you can use these factors to help you beat the odds - how to handle the mental load and sometimes post-traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms that coincide with infertility/experience of miscarriage - as a support person, what's helpful vs. not helpful to say/do when someone you love is struggling with infertility You can find more on Monika by heading to her website: https://www.monikafriedman.com/ Monika is also on Instagram: @monikafriedmancoaching This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
42:48
October 22, 2020
#33 - The "Must Haves" of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
In this episode, you'll learn about...  - the rules and "must haves" of exposure and response prevention (ERP) for OCD/anxiety  - what to expect out of ERP/what it looks like - how to know if you or a client has done an exposure successfully  - what to avoid during exposure therapy and how to navigate unsuccessful trials   This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
29:17
October 21, 2020
#32 - Understanding Perinatal OCD and Anxiety
In this episode, you'll learn about... - what is perinatal OCD, some day to day examples, and how it affects pregnancy and the early weeks of motherhood - how to handle these symptoms after experiencing infertility, a high risk pregnancy, and/or miscarriages - how to manage your symptoms so that you can get back to enjoying your pregnancy and prevent your anxiety from getting worse when the baby arrives This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
28:17
October 19, 2020
#31 - How to Be Okay Having an Okay Day
In this episode, you'll learn about... - 9 ways you can reinterpret your bad or "okay" days - how to feel less judgment and more acceptance about these kinds of days  - how to practice skills like the emotional guidance scale and radical acceptance This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
31:44
October 18, 2020
#30 - From Teen Pregnancy and Single Mom to Empty Nester (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Megan, a mom who became pregnant at 18 and was a single parent for her daughter's entire life.  Now that her daughter is also 19, Megan is working through what it means to be an empty nester and how to get herself "back on track".  She also talks about.. - how her daughter's biological father was abusive, in and out of jail, and planned to kidnap their child - what it was like working full time and having a child to raise on her own - how she copes with her daughter's medical and mental health issues This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
40:47
October 16, 2020
#29 - The Relationship Between Performance and Anxiety
In this episode, you'll learn about... - the Yerkes-Dodson curve and what it means for your anxiety/performance - why you have poor performance in both high AND low anxiety states - why moderate levels of anxiety are actually ideal for peak performance - practical ways to either decrease your high anxiety or increase your low pressure state so that you can get to the moderate level of anxiety and achieve peak performance - additional tips for how to handle new, intellectually demanding tasks vs monotonous, repetitive tasks See visual referenced in episode here: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Illustration-of-Yerkes-Dodson-law-1_fig1_320592240 This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
29:38
October 13, 2020
#28 - Preeclampsia, OCD, and Parenting During A Pandemic (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Kim, a work from home mom who had preeclampsia twice, has struggled with OCD since she she was an adolescent, and had a baby during a global pandemic.  You'll also hear about..  - how her OCD symptoms showed up in motherhood - what it's been like parenting during a global pandemic - what her suggestions are for expecting or soon to be moms - her 5 year old's suspected sensory issues and how she copes with this This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
35:26
October 11, 2020
#27 - Going Home Without Your Baby - A NICU Journey (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Crystal, who talks about her difficult pregnancy, preeclampsia, and her unexpected delivery for her premature baby.  You'll also hear about...  - what it was like meeting her baby for the first time as he was hooked up to machines and various tubes  - going home without her baby - spending time at the NICU (was it too much time? not enough time?) while her son was there for 5 weeks - only having 2 weeks of maternity leave left by the time she got to bring her baby home This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
37:44
October 10, 2020
#26 - Postpartum OCD and Harm Intrusive Thoughts About Self/Baby (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Claire, who talks about postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) after having her daughter during the COVID-19 pandemic.  You'll also hear about ... - what it was like being pregnant and giving birth during a global pandemic  - how, out of nowhere, she started to have thoughts of harming herself and her baby - how her OCD/harm intrusive thoughts manifested in her day to day life - how her anxiety built up so much that she found herself depressed and unable to drive, go in public, and be alone with her child - how she was failed by the maternal mental health care system and fought for resources - how you can beat the system and get the support you need This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
39:23
October 9, 2020
#25 - Anxiety Related Accommodations in Schools
In this episode, you'll learn about... - why anxiety related accommodations in the school setting may actually make anxiety worse - considerations for therapists, teachers, parents, and students so the accommodation can be helpful vs hurtful - what you need to be doing IN ADDITION TO the accommodation that many therapists/teachers fail to set up - why you might still benefit from accommodations even if they can be detrimental This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
20:37
October 8, 2020
#24 - The (Dog) Mom Guilt No One Talks About
In this episode, I share my experience with the type of mom guilt no one really talks about - DOG MOM GUILT.  You'll learn how my relationship with my 2 dogs changed once I had my son, and how I've coped with feelings of guilt and overwhelm related to them.  You'll get the solidarity you need to know you're not alone, and I'll remind you that you're doing great at all of this parenting stuff - even with the dogs - no matter what.  This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
20:59
October 5, 2020
#23 - Why Things Get Worse Before They Get Better
In this episode, I describe why things seem to get worse before they get better.  Whether you're dealing with anxiety or OCD, quitting smoking/drinking/any other bad habit, or just saying no to a toddler - you'll learn what to expect once you start to change things up.  You'll learn what an extinction burst is, how long it will last, and what it actually means for you in the long term.  This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
19:23
October 4, 2020
#22 - Overcoming Anxiety with the Habituation Curve
In this episode, I describe what happens to your anxiety when you give into it with safety behaviors and compulsions/rituals.  I also go over the habituation curve, i.e. when you, instead, sit with those feelings - without engaging in safety behaviors or compulsions/rituals.  You'll see what happens to your anxiety over time in both scenarios and why you're better off biting the bullet, sticking to it, and doing the hard things vs. ritualizing.  I'll tell you what to expect so that you feel more prepared and better equipped going into your first exposure or challenging situation. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org. Click here for a visual of the habituation curve described in the episode: https://www.psychologytools.com/resource/habituation/
24:13
October 2, 2020
#21 - The Darkness of Postpartum Anxiety (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Monica, who struggled with postpartum anxiety for the first year and a half of her daughter's life.  She talks about how her symptoms manifested, how she suffered in silence for the longest time due to ignorance in the maternal mental health care system, and how therapy helped her.  She talks about her passion for speaking up about postpartum issues so that other moms don't have to suffer alone.  She also discusses having a miscarriage and how that affected her postpartum experience.  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
56:22
September 30, 2020
#20 - Parenting as a Trauma Survivor (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Mary, a mom and trauma survivor.  She talks about her trauma background and how this affects her experience of motherhood on a daily basis.  She discusses where she's at now, how she copes, and what it means to be reparenting herself during the process of caring for her own children.  She talks to us about how she deals with certain triggers including seeing her children in distress and dealing with chores and punishment.  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
43:01
September 29, 2020
#19 - Why Talk Therapy Isn't Helpful for OCD/Anxiety
In this episode, I go over why talk or "supportive" therapy isn't helpful for OCD/anxiety and, moreso, how these therapy approaches can actually be harmful for these symptoms.  I talk about how to approach conversations with a therapist about Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and why ERP is necessary in order for long-lasting, legitimate change to occur with OCD and anxiety.  I'll provide you with some resources to find an ERP therapist in your area and how to address common blocks or hesitancies in taking the leap for this kind of therapy.  This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
20:21
September 27, 2020
#18 - A Miscarriage and Mom Guilt (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Jennifer, a working mom with a one year old.  She talks about her previous miscarriage and what the subsequent experience of pregnancy was like.  She goes in depth about the mom guilt she feels for not being able to breastfeed and for working while her son is at daycare.  She shares how important it is to be vulnerable and open up to other moms because the potential for solidarity is invaluable.  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
31:55
September 27, 2020
#17 - Single Parenting After a Toxic Relationship (Anonymom Series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Natalie, a single parent to a 9 year old after ending a toxic relationship with someone who exhibited toxic, narcissistic behaviors.  She talks about her difficulties with postpartum depression, indecision about divorce, and single parenting.  She goes in depth about what it was like to get her Masters degree and work full time while being a single parent and wants moms to know how important it is to take care of themselves first. This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. *As mentioned in the episode - for more resources on toxic relationships, follow this link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-angry-therapist/202001/5-signs-toxic-relationship
21:17
September 26, 2020
#16 - Anxiety or Anxiety Disorder? How to Tell When Anxiety Becomes a Problem
In this episode, I go over some ways that symptoms of various psychological "disorders", such as anxiety, OCD, and depression, can actually be normal and functional - in reasonable doses.  At what point does it become unreasonable?  I'll give you some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether you simply have an "anxious personality", anxious tendencies, anxiety symptoms, or something indicative of a formal diagnosis.  I go over the diagnostic criteria for OCD and the "red flags" for knowing whether you're at the tipping of point of potentially being able to benefit from therapy.  I also provide resources for you to find a therapist in your area.  This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
22:44
September 24, 2020
#15 - The Exhaustion of Breastfeeding and How Hard It Is to Ask For Help (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Elizabeth, a mom of a now 2.5 year old boy who was born with a broken clavicle.  As a result of this, Elizabeth's transition to motherhood and her goal of breastfeeding were made complicated.  She goes in depth about her experience with lack of sleep, feeling exhausted physically and emotionally, and feeling unable and unwilling to ask for help.  She talks about postpartum depression, her son's sensory issues, and how she copes.   This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
18:43
September 21, 2020
#14 - Law of Attraction and Mental Health - Contradictory or Complementary?
In this episode, I discuss the battle between spirituality (e.g. law of attraction) and mental health (e.g, thought action fusion/magical thinking) concepts, and how it is that some individuals can find the law of attraction so triggering while others find it immensely helpful.  I talk about how I think spirituality and mental health treatment can be complementary to one another, and how law of attraction can actually support the process of Exposure and Response Prevention.  You'll hear my thoughts on how to respond to "triggering" information and how to be more flexible and adaptable to the world around you.  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  It does not constitute a therapist/client relationship and cannot be viewed as such.  Visit psychologtoday.com or nami.org to find more support. For more information, head to www.jennaoverbaugh.com/resources and follow me on Instagram! @jenna.overbaugh
29:01
September 19, 2020
#13 - Single Parenting, Speech Delays, and Borderline Personality Disorder (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Amy, a single parent of two boys.  She goes in depth about her experience having to be on bedrest while pregnant, then working 4 jobs, turning to alcohol to cope, and her struggles with medical issues like hyperemesis and having a hysterectomy.  She also goes into difficulties associated with her diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, how dialectical behavioral therapy strategies helped her become a happier and healthier mom, and how she helps her own child cope with his depression and anxiety symptoms.  Her advice will remind you of the importance of doing hard and difficult things so you can build resilience and realize how strong you truly are.  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
26:34
September 17, 2020
#12 - Miscarriage, Bedrest, and Postpartum Anxiety (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Samantha, a stay at home mom with a 17 month old.  She goes in depth about a miscarriage she experienced, the subsequent bedrest associated with her second pregnancy, and postpartum anxiety.  She also goes into difficulties associated with coming off of bedrest and having to adjust to her new mom life while feeling anxious, even though everyone around her was encouraging her to just be thankful.  Her advice will help you give yourself and other moms grace and will help you remember how strong you truly are when it comes to doing hard things. This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
38:53
September 14, 2020
#11 - Move to a Better Feeling Mood Using the Emotional Guidance Scale
In this episode, I'll teach you some basic spiritual concepts and discuss the law of attraction, Abraham Hicks, and The Emotional Guidance Scale.  You'll understand how your thoughts affect your energy and how your energy affects your reality.  By the end of this podcast, you'll know how to move your way into a better feeling thought by reaching for the next good feeling vibration.  You'll also come to know why it bugs you so much when you're upset and someone tells you to "calm down", "just be grateful", or "think positive!" This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  It does not constitute a therapist/client relationship and cannot be viewed as such.  Visit psychologtoday.com or nami.org to find more support. Follow this link for the visual referenced on the podcast episode: https://www.jennaoverbaugh.com/resources
33:24
September 13, 2020
#10 - A Husband Who "Up and Left", Homeschooling, and Life Threatening Allergies (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Sarah, a mom to 3 girls and a newly single parent after she reports her husband "up and left".  She goes in depth about how this separation was actually a long time coming due to his complicated history of mental illness, how she coped through this herself, and how she continues to adjust to parenting on her own.  She also goes into difficulties associated with homeschooling and having children with life threatening allergies.  Her wish is that moms can be less judgmental and more accepting of each other, and her advice will help you focus on what's going right instead of what's going wrong.  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
38:00
September 9, 2020
#9 - Tricks Your Mind Plays on You - Part II
In this episode, I'll talk to you all about cognitive distortions, or thought traps/tricks that your mind is playing on you.  The good news?  We all do it!  The bad news..?  We all do it.  You'll learn why our brains play these games on us in the first place, examples of cognitive distortions, why they're so dysfunctional for you, and what you can do instead to start challenging these thoughts.  By the end of this podcast, you'll know how to come back to reality - fast, and you'll be better able to monitor your thoughts so you can start to nip them in the bud sooner rather than later. This episode is part 2 of a 2 part series.  Episode 6, part 1 covers 5 of the most common cognitive distortions.  Part 2 will cover an additional 5 commonly experienced cognitive distortions - so be sure to go back to part 1 for a recap! This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
10:37
September 8, 2020
#8 - Unexpected Pregnancies, Step Parenting, and Finding Balance (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Anne, a mom to 3, one of whom has a biological father from Anne's previous relationship. Anne goes in depth about getting pregnant unexpectedly, having her current husband be a step father to her oldest daughter, and managing chaos associated with working outside of the home, then being a stay at home mom, and now working from home. She gives helpful advice regarding giving yourself grace as a mom, being flexible, and trying not to be so hard on ourselves. This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
32:10
September 5, 2020
#7 - Coping With A Colicky Baby, Anxiety, Depression, and Ineffective Therapy (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Cassandra, the mom of a 13 month old whom Cassandra describes as "colicky" and "spirited".  This mom goes in depth about the struggles of her first year of motherhood, including anxiety, depression, and four failed therapy attempts.  She shares her experience of finally finding a counselor with whom she "clicks", how helpful that has been, and where she's at now.  She gives helpful advice regarding looking back at the last year of motherhood, mourning the sad and bad times, but also being thankful for our struggles.  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
40:18
September 1, 2020
#6 - Tricks Your Mind Plays on You - Part I
In this episode, I'll talk to you all about cognitive distortions, or thought traps/tricks that your mind is playing on you.  The good news?  We all do it!  The bad news..?  We all do it.  You'll learn why our brains play these games on us in the first place, examples of cognitive distortions, why they're so dysfunctional for you, and what you can do instead to start challenging these thoughts.  By the end of this podcast, you'll know how to come back to reality - fast, and you'll be better able to monitor your thoughts so you can start to nip them in the bud sooner rather than later.  This episode is part 1 of a 2 part series.  Episode 6, part 1 covers 5 of the most common cognitive distortions.  Part 2 will cover an additional 5 commonly experienced cognitive distortions - so stay tuned and come back for part 2! This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
17:30
September 1, 2020
#5 - Infertility, Foster Parenting, and Traumatic Birth (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Stephanie, a current mom of two who experienced years of unexplained infertility, two miscarriages, and a traumatic birth.  She goes in depth about the struggles of her infertility journey and her decision to become a foster parent with her husband.  She shares her experience of fostering followed by ultimately finding out that she was unexpectedly pregnant.  She gives helpful advice about comparisons, dealing with others who seemingly have it "easy", and more.  This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
27:07
August 29, 2020
#4 - Four Kids in 3 Years - Anxiety, Depression, and Almost a Divorce (Anonymom series)
Welcome to my Anonymom series.  Real moms talking about their deepest and darkest moments - anonymously.  Anonymom episodes may consist of difficult topics including miscarriage, infertility, separation, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other potentially triggering issues.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mom. This episode features Caroline, a mom who had 4 boys in 3 years (including twins).  She reports her husband is gone frequently for work, therefore, she is frequently left alone to manage the household, children, and life in general.  After her first child was born, Caroline says she experienced postpartum depression and anxiety.  She dives deep into her relationship difficulties with her husband and how she's worked hard to overcome feelings of not being supported, not being heard, and trying hard to be perfect. This podcast should not be substituted for legitimate mental health treatment.  If you or a mom you know is struggling with mental health difficulties during pregnancy, postpartum, or beyond, contact Postpartum Support International at 800-944-4773 or visit www.postpartum.net.  If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a loved one, please call for help immediately at 911 or by reaching out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
32:09
August 28, 2020
#3 - Feel Better Anywhere, Anytime with Respiratory Control
In this episode, I give you an easy to use, portable coping skill that you can pull out of your back pocket anywhere, anytime.  Respiratory control is a simple, effect tool that you can use to decrease anxiety and stress.  I review the function of the parasympathetic nervous system in anxiety, how respiratory control kicks this system into gear, and ways to make your practice as effective as possible.  I even guide and prompt you through one full minute of respiratory control so you can practice with me and keep coming back to it whenever you need to.   You'll feel instantly better equipped and more confident in handling anxiety and stress no matter what. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
13:29
August 23, 2020
#2 - I Love My Baby but Hate My Postpartum Body
In this episode, I talk about my own motherhood journey and how I felt new, awkward, and totally uncomfortable in my postpartum body.  I'll give my advice personally and professionally for what works in getting through this tough transition with your postpartum body and tell you a few things to make sure you DON'T do.  You'll be able to be more patient with yourself and less critical, more mindful of your body and less judgmental, and overall feel better about where you're at and where you're going. This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
26:28
August 16, 2020
#1 - OCD and Anxiety in Motherhood
In this episode, we dive deep into OCD and anxiety in motherhood.  I go over how OCD and anxiety can manifest in motherhood, what are intrusive thoughts, examples of compulsions, and much more.  We'll review the model of anxiety and what you're likely doing every day to make it worse.  You'll learn how to RIDE out the anxiety and about other interventions, including Exposure and Response Prevention.  Other online and local resources are also discussed.  Find more at www.jennaoverbaugh.com Instagram: jenna.overbaugh Facebook: /jennaoverbaughpage This podcast should not be substituted, nor is meant to act as a substitute, for legitimate mental health treatment/a legitimate mental health treatment provider.  This podcast and any information in it is solely the reflection of general knowledge and cannot be taken as a personal therapeutic recommendation.  To find a therapist near you to work more directly with these issues, head over to psychologytoday.com or nami.org.
29:59
August 9, 2020