Guest Post: Quitting Cold Turkey — OCD and Thanksgiving

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Hannah Zidansek, author of today’s guest blog, was this year’s OCD Awareness Week Video Contest winner. Her video received over 200 votes throughout the week and is a great example of using humor to raise awareness about OCD. Here, Hannah shares a story about how OCD went from stopping her from enjoying holiday time with… Read more »

Tell Target: Should OCD really be a source of holiday cheer?


OCD can destroy lives without proper treatment. But that’s okay because the acronym is funny, edgy, and makes for great jokes on silly and cute holiday sweaters. Many individuals and organizations have shared their disappointment and frustration with a Christmas sweater available now in Target stores across the US that declares whoever wears it a… Read more »

Introducing “Spotlight: OCD News & Research Updates”


Research has always played a key role in our work at the International OCD Foundation. We are committed to finding and promoting the most effective treatment methods for OCD and related disorders, making research a vital component of better understanding OCD and related disorders and improving treatment. With these goals in mind, we’re excited to… Read more »

Guest post: What is it like to be in residential treatment?


Today’s guest post comes from Morgan, a college student and OCDvocate who recently shared more about her experiences as a current participant in a residential treatment program on her blog here. As Morgan describes below, various levels of care can sometimes get confusing, with people unsure of what to expect from a particular treatment approach…. Read more »

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the IOCDF Hero Award!

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As we’re winding down after another excellent OCD Awareness Week, it’s great to look back on the various events and activities that took place. What stuck out the most during #OCDweek was the willingness of people in the OCD community to lend a hand and support, whether you did something as simple as sharing information… Read more »

Guest Post: Denis and Judy Asselin On The Move For OCD and BDD Awareness


The latest entry in our OCD Awareness Week guest blog series comes from Denis and Judy Asselin. When it comes to showcasing unique approaches to advocacy, the Asselin family undoubtedly stands out. Denis has walked hundreds of miles from his home in Pennsylvania to destinations such as Boston and Washington D.C. in honor of his… Read more »

Sharing Your “OCD Story” During #OCDweek

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Guest blogger Alison Dotson continues our series of OCD Awareness Week guest posts with an entry explaining some of the reasons she decided to “come out” about her OCD and why sharing your own story (or being a supportive friend or family member when someone decides to disclose) can be so important.  My OCD story… Read more »

Guest Post: Wendy Mueller Shares Her Recovery Success Story


Throughout OCD Awareness Week, we will be sharing different stories and voices and here about different experiences during treatment and recovery from OCD and related disorders. Today’s story comes from Wendy Mueller, the recipient of the 2014 IOCDF Patricia Perkins Service Award and moderator of OCD-Support, an online OCD support group for OCD. Wendy originally posted… Read more »

5 Easy Ways to Celebrate OCD Awareness Week Online


OCD Awareness Week, taking place October 11-17, 2015, is an excellent opportunity for members of the OCD and related disorders community to join together and raise awareness about the disorder — whether you are attending one of many IOCDF affiliates, institutional members, and global partners events around the world (click here to see calendar) or… Read more »