Why I Became an Advocate: Molly Fishback

Meet IOCDF Advocate Molly Fishback! Through art, Molly shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate. Learn more about our advocate program. “I’m sharing my story to let others know that there are people just like them with OCD in the world on the same journey.” – Molly Fishback Molly Fishback is a teacher and… Read more »

Public policy corner: Winter 2021

Originally published in the Winter 2021 edition of the OCD Newsletter. Hello everyone! The weather is getting colder, but things are continuing to heat up on Capitol Hill, and the IOCDF has had an active couple of months of policy advocacy in response! During OCD Awareness Week, we were proud to run our second Virtual… Read more »

Top Three Reasons Your Child, Teen — and You! — Should Attend OCD Camp

Online OCD Camp is coming up this January 22–23, and we’re gearing up for a weekend of interactive sessions and activities for kids, teens, and parents! If you’re on the fence about whether to register, look no further — our previous attendees will tell you all you need to know. Read on for three reasons you… Read more »

Why I Became an Advocate: Melanie Lefebvre

Meet IOCDF Advocate Melanie Lefebvre! She shares about finding her voice and becoming an IOCDF Advocate. Learn more about our advocate program. “I used to keep silent. Now, I speak up to help others find their voice.” – Melanie  Below is a screenshot of a comment I made on a psychologist’s blog in 2012. Notice the name… Read more »

Help spread the word to support the IOCDF this #GivingTuesday!

This Giving Tuesday, held on November 30th, 2021, give the gift of community, support, and hope to someone living with OCD! IOCDF programs help people living with OCD every step of the way, whether they are experiencing OCD symptoms for the first time, seeking proper diagnosis, searching for a therapist to access effective treatment, or seeking… Read more »

Announcing 2022 Research Grant Opportunities

The IOCDF will be offering over $1.1 million in research funding in 2022 to improve scientific understanding and treatment of OCD and related mental health disorders! Beginning January 4th, 2022, researchers will have the opportunity to apply for the following grants: Breakthrough Awards — $500,000 grants for senior researchers pursuing cutting-edge OCD research. The goal… Read more »

Why I Became an Advocate: Ryan Bernstein

Meet IOCDF Advocate Ryan Bernstein! He shares a poem about why he chose to become an IOCDF Advocate. Learn more about our advocacy program. Advocacy means standing up for yourself and others It means Sharing yourself Being vulnerable and strong at the same time OCD impacts not just your life but those who care about you… Read more »

Present at the Annual OCD Conference in Denver, CO AND our virtual conferences!

Accepting proposals starting January 4th, 2022 We at the IOCDF are very excited to begin planning for our in-person Annual OCD Conference in Denver, CO as well as our 2022 virtual conference series! Whether they are in person or virtual, our conferences bring the entire OCD and related disorders community together to learn, train, network,… Read more »

Help us spread Messages of Hope this holiday season!

It’s time to spread some holiday cheer! The holidays can be a hard time for those who are away from home to get help with their OCD. Something as simple as a card and a message from the heart during this time of year can make a huge difference.  That’s why the IOCDF is asking… Read more »

World Kindness Day: Find Your Own Kind

By Lead Advocate, Valerie Andrews World Kindness Day is observed annually on November 13. Originally formed in 1998 to promote kindness throughout the world; this unofficial international celebration was designed to reflect and promote the common thread of kindness that binds us all together on a global level. I must admit that five years ago,… Read more »