Addressing ‘I’m so OCD’ in the COVID era

by IOCDF Executive Director Jeff Szymanski ‘I’m so OCD.’ Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a common phrase we heard both in our day-to-day lives and in the media. Those who misuse the term OCD rarely intend to do harm. However, by making light of an at times debilitating disorder, they are being dismissive… Read more »

BDD-Related Quarantine Tips During COVID-19

by Angela Fang, PhD In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe with massive uncertainty about people’s jobs, relationships, and social lives, and has left behind an unprecedented wake of illness anxiety in the general population. Much of the focus during COVID-19 has been on obsessive compulsive symptoms (in particular, contamination-related obsessions and… Read more »

Why the OCD Community Holds the Key to Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety

Why the OCD Community Holds the Key to Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety

People with OCD are trained to thrive during a pandemic, but not in the way you think. By International OCD Foundation Ambassadors: Ethan S. Smith, National Ambassador Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT Shala Nicely, LPC During his twenties, Ethan constantly carried thermometers. He took his temperature upwards of one hundred times a day, constantly monitoring his health… Read more »

#FacesOfOCD: Share your OCD story!

We know that a crisis like this can be an especially difficult time for someone with OCD or a related disorder. For that reason, we’ve decided to continue the #FacesOfOCD campaign begun by Shira on Twitter earlier this month. Learn more about Shira below, then post your own #FacesOfOCD post (and send one to us… Read more »

Revealing the absurdity of OCD

by Ross This story is part of our blog series called “Stories from the OCD Community.”  Stories from the community are submitted and edited by Toni Palombi. If you are interested in sharing your story you can view submission details at www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. While watching Harry Potter I had a thought regarding obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). There… Read more »

OCD: Truth & Lies

by Kathryn Blalock This story is part of our blog series called “Stories from the OCD Community.”  Stories from the community are submitted and edited by Toni Palombi. If you are interested in sharing your story you can view submission details at www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. I was born with a rare genetic disorder: Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS). It affects… Read more »

Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Me

by Scott M. Granet, LCSW This may sound like an odd way to put it, but up until the age of 19 I had a normal relationship with my hair. I didn’t try to avoid being in the wind and wouldn’t feel panicky if someone looked like they might touch it. I also didn’t care… Read more »

Visit Seattle for the 27th Annual OCD Conference!

We’re so excited to host the 27th Annual OCD Conference in Seattle, WA this July 31–August 2! Registration will open in March, but until then, we encourage you to do some planning ahead so when the time comes you can make a vacation out of your trip to the Conference. Late July is the perfect… Read more »