One closet at a time

by Abby Rotstein I have a bit of experience coming out of closets. First, I told everyone I loved that I’m gay. Then, years later, I told those same people I have OCD. More recently, I disclosed that I have depression. I’m like a Russian nesting doll of closets. If I unearth anything more about… Read more »

A message for AAPI clinicians treating OCD and related disorders

How to best support yourself, your colleagues, and your clients in the current racial climate by Weilynn Chang As clinicians who treat obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRD), there are many things to manage in a therapy session. Internally, we are managing the usual clinical space: making sure we are attending to our client’s needs and… Read more »

A Religious Leader’s Personal Experience with OCD

by Rev. Katie O’Dunne On the surface, I am an ordained minister, school chaplain, religious educator, and ultra-marathon runner who has it all together. In my more private life, I’ve battled obsessive- compulsive disorder since childhood, with a significant relapse while serving in ministry a few years ago. Many of us with OCD are amazing… Read more »

My story

by Allison Livingston It’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week! We’re partnering with 2020 Mom and TheBlueDotProject to raise awareness about Perinatal OCD through blog and social posts, a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 2pm ET, and a special town hall on Thursday at 7pm ET. Join us! #MMHWeek2021 #MakingOverMotherhood TW: Suicidal thoughts “You’re doing a great job, Mom!” These were the words I… Read more »

To resist is to persist

by Rachel Huber It’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week! We’re partnering with 2020 Mom and TheBlueDotProject to raise awareness about Perinatal OCD through blog and social posts, a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 2pm ET, and a special town hall on Thursday at 7pm ET. Join us! #MMHWeek2021 #MakingOverMotherhood TW: Suicidal thoughts I have had… Read more »

Navigating friendships with OCD: Tips to help youth determine whether to share an OCD diagnosis

by Marni L. Jacob, PhD, ABPP (President, OCD Central & South Florida) & Kyle King (IOCDF Advocate) Friendships are a fundamental part of life, yet OCD can sometimes make it challenging for youth to navigate these important relationships. A common predicament for children and adolescents is determining whether to share information about having OCD with… Read more »

Recognizing OCD At Work

by Katherine Jahangiri A few years ago, I was a manager at a tech company — a sector known for pushing the envelope in innovation but falling behind in neurodiversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. I was sitting in a meeting when my then-supervisor lamented about a family member’s struggle with their wife’s obsessive compulsive disorder… Read more »

My OCD Story: Chapter 6 & Conclusion

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post contains discussion of topics that may be upsetting, including suicide. Please take care of yourself as you read this article. If you are in crisis, know that help is only a call or click away at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. by JC Chapter 6: Life after treatment  Several years after extensive… Read more »

My OCD Story: Chapters 3-5

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post contains discussion of topics that may be upsetting, including suicide. Please take care of yourself as you read this article. If you are in crisis, know that help is only a call or click away at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. by JC Chapter 3: High school and the never ending search… Read more »

My OCD Story: Chapters 1&2

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post contains discussion of topics that may be upsetting, including suicide. Please take care of yourself as you read this article. If you are in crisis, know that help is only a call or click away at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. by JC Chapter 1: “Smells like fear” March 4th, 2020  It… Read more »