Ellie Russell on OCD, Anxiety and Empathy on The Anxiety Advantage podcast, hosted by Yang-May Ooi

What is it like to live with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? What do you do when you realise the life path you have started on feels overwhelming and sends you into a spiral of anxiety? And what can those experiences teach us about empathy and sitting with our own and others’ distress? In today’s episode of The Anxiety Advantage, twenty-something Ellie Russell talks frankly and movingly with podcast host Yang-May Ooi, about living with anxiety as a child and throughout her life. 


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The Anxiety Advantage with Yang-May Ooi Season 01 Episode 02 ¦  OCD, Anxiety and Empathy – Ellie Russell ¦ AXAV0102 


Ellie’s blog about Anxiety, Ellie May’s Letters – https://ellie-maysletters.blogspot.com/ 

About Montessori Education – https://montessori-nw.org/about-montessori-education 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/overview/ 

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Please note

I am not an expert on anxiety. I have no medical or therapy-type qualifications. I am a writer – and like many people, I have struggled with anxiety. My purpose in these podcasts is to explore with curiosity how these very human feelings affect all our lives. Views expressed by my guests are entirely their own and do not represent my views. These podcasts come out of my personal experience and perspective – and I do not claim to speak for everyone who may be living with anxiety. The content of these podcasts is for informational purposes only.  If you are affected by anything in these podcasts, please seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified professional. 



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The Anxiety Advantage is a podcast and multimedia project exploring how we can thrive in the age of anxiety – conceived and presented by writer and podcaster Yang-May Ooi. ¦  www.tigerspirit.co.uk

Author: Yang-May Ooi

Yang-May Ooi is a writer & podcaster. Her creative work includes The Flame Tree and Mindgame (novels), Bound Feet Blues (theatre & family memoir), The Anxiety Advantage and Creative Conversations (podcasts). ¦ www.TigerSpirit.co.uk
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