Relearning Self Compassion with a New Diagnosis

Written by IOCDF Advocate, Krista Reed, LSCSW. Learn more about our advocate program. For more information about Body Dysmorphic Disorder and treatment, please visit the International OCD Foundation’s Body Dysmorphic Disorder website. Welcome to my unfinished journey towards recovery.  I am calling this new chapter, “What?!? ANOTHER Diagnosis?!?” Granted, I have known about this one for… Read more »

Avoidance and Anxiety

Written by IOCDF Advocate Andrew GottWorth. Learn more about our advocate program. If you’re like me, when you first learned about OCD, you thought it was about hand washing and alphabetizing DVD collections. Later I learned about intrusive thoughts and other types of compulsions. Even though I was in therapy for anxiety and depression for… Read more »

Why I Walk: Hannah Zidansek

Walk with members of the OCD and related disorders community across the nation this October at a One Million Steps for OCD Walk. Find a walk happening near you and embrace uncertainty one step at a time. Join the International OCD Foundation and its official Affiliates this October for the One Million Steps for OCD… Read more »

The Metacognitive Approach to OCD Treatment & Self-Help

We are excited to share that Reid Wilson, Ph.D has released an online self-help program for individuals with OCD who want to learn new strategies for winning over this disorder—moment by moment! OCD & the 6-Moment Game: Strategies & Tactics is a self-paced course that includes a 4-hour self-help video course, a downloadable E-book, and… Read more »

Why I Walk: Maya Tadross

  Walk with members of the OCD community across the nation this October at a One Million Steps for OCD Walk. Find a walk happening near you and register today. Join the International OCD Foundation and its official Affiliates in October for the One Million Steps for OCD Walk, as we join together to challenge… Read more »

What Do ‘We Demand’ As An OCD Community?

Written By IOCDF Advocate Justine DeJaegher. Learn more about our advocate program and resources.  What do we as an OCD community demand? I’ve been thinking about this as we approach the Capital Pride festival in Ottawa, Canada whereI live. It takes place at the end of August every year to commemorate the “We Demand” rally of… Read more »

Community Artist Spotlight: Lydia Hayes

Meet community artist Lydia Hayes! At the 27th Annual OCD Conference this July, Lydia (19) submitted ten artworks to be showcased in our Conference Art Gallery. Through exploring art in therapy, Lydia creates portraits of personifications & other representations of her OCD and anxiety struggles to process her own feelings and experiences. She finds this… Read more »

Off To School

Check out IOCDF Advocate, Kim Vincenty’s back-to-school story, as she drops off her son at college and learns her own lesson: her fear during this stressful time, has no place in his life. I should have been joyful. Miracles had happened in the previous six years. But so had storms of epic proportion, and I’m… Read more »

Why I’m An Advocate: Krista Reed, LSCSW

Meet IOCDF Advocate Krista Reed LSCSW! Krista shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate in her poem below. Learn more about our advocate program.  Why am I an advocate? Why do I like to support? Why does it have to be me? When my time is already so short.   I am an… Read more »

Why I’m An Advocate: Katy Marciniak

Meet IOCDF Advocate Katy Marciniak! Katy shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate below. Learn more about our advocate program.  Katy is currently a stay-at-home Mom, who previously worked as a speech and language pathologist. Katy’s OCD onset around the age of 12, but she did not receive a diagnosis until over a… Read more »