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Saturday, August 1 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Understanding and Overcoming Taboo Intrusive Thoughts

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Individuals with OCD often feel ashamed about their obsessions and compulsions, and this shame can go even deeper when their obsessions are sexual, violent, or blasphemous. These taboo topics are difficult to talk about, and OCD sufferers sometimes wait to get help. This presentation will include both an informal talk and an informative lecture: Alison Dotson, who had taboo obsessions for 15 years before being diagnosed with OCD, will share her personal story. Dr. Lee Baer will discuss his research and insights about taboo intrusive thoughts and how he has helped patients with problems like Alison’s. He’ll share case studies and advice on how to overcome intrusive thoughts. Dr. Baer and Alison will role play a therapy session; Alison will share a stubborn obsession and how it affected her daily life, and Dr. Baer will guide her through her thought process. Audience members will be invited to share their experiences. 


Lee Baer, PhD

Lee Baer, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of OCD and related disorders. Author of Getting Control: Overcoming Your Obsessions and Compulsions and The Imp of the Mind: Exploring the Silent Epidemic of Intrusive Bad Thoughts, Baer is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the director of research of the OCD unit at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as of the OCD Institute at McLean... Read More →
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Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson is the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life. She was diagnosed with OCD at age 26, after suffering from "taboo" obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional bad thoughts, but she knows how to deal with them in healthy ways. Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Alison has also spoken about her experiences... Read More →

Saturday August 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom A