Introducing HelpforBDD.org — A New Source of Hope for those Affected by BDD

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In 2012, Denis Asselin walked over 500 miles — or roughly one million steps — from his home in Cheyney, PA, to Boston, MA, in memory of his son Nathaniel. Nathaniel took his own life at just 24, after a long struggle with severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD. After Nathaniel’s death, Denis embarked… Read more »

This #GivingTuesday, Give the Gift of Hope to Someone with OCD

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This past weekend, many of us participated in the excitement of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, when we hit the malls and surfed the web for the best deals so that we could give the perfect gift to someone we love. Typically, that time between Thanksgiving and the end of the year is often thought… Read more »

Don’t Shop Till You Drop — Skip the mall and help the IOCDF by shopping online!

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Millions of shoppers will brave the crowds this Friday (and, for some Thanksgiving night!) for the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is followed by the relatively new tradition of Cyber Monday where… Read more »

2014 OCD Awareness Video Contest Winner

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Drumroll, please… and the winner is: Melanie Lefebvre — Cooking up OCD Awareness #OCDWeek My video features me as a chef in a pretend cooking show, cooking up recipes for OCD awareness. I’m hoping to connect with people’s curiosity while highlighting types of OCD that the general population isn’t necessarily familiar with, such as harm… Read more »

#OCDweek Blog 5: Riley’s Wish — A mother’s loss, a son’s legacy, and a challenge for all of us

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This blog post was originally published on October 16, 2014 on the From Adversity to Advocacy blog on Psychology Today. As readers of this blog know, I am a student of resilience — and more specifically, of resilience derived from advocacy in the face of adversity.  Over the past six weeks, my dear friend Margaret has taught me more about… Read more »

#OCDweek blog 4: The Pediatric Campaign for Hope

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As we celebrate OCD Awareness Week this week (October 13–19, 2014), what better way to help raise awareness than to support programs that help kids and family all year long?  For the second year in a row, the IOCDF has been gifted with an incredible opportunity to help kids and young adults who are living… Read more »

#OCDweek Blog 2: I’m Not Going to Let my OCD Dictate How I Live My Life

I am pleased to introduce our newest guest blogger to you today, Leo Smith. Some of you may recognize Leo from the OCD in the Media panel at the Annual OCD Conference in Los Angeles this summer. As a health editor with the Orange County Register in Southern California, he has seen first hand how OCD and mental… Read more »

#OCDweek Blog 1: OCD on the Internet — How to Deal With Misconceptions

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It’s #OCDweek! All week, we’ll be featuring daily posts from our guest bloggers about issues surrounding OCD. Today’s post is from Alison Dotson about the use of the term OCD on social media. Join the conversation in the comments below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #OCDweek. A few months ago an interesting article showed up… Read more »

Announcing the OCD Awareness Video Contest Finalists #OCDweek

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We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2014 OCD Awareness Video Contest! Winning videos will be chosen by popular vote this week as part of OCD Awareness Week, and the winner will be announced on Friday, October 19, 2014. Each year, we host a creative contest as part of OCD Awareness Week, inviting members… Read more »