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We are pleased to have a guest post today from OCD Texas President, Irene Tobis, to announce the winners of the OCD Book Festival!  The Festival is happening online all week, and everyone is welcome to join in the discussion. 

And don’t forget — there is only one day left to vote in the IOCDF’s Creative Expression Contest!  We will announce the winners tomorrow!

OCD Book Festival 2013 PosterOCD TEXAS is very pleased to announce the winners of the OCD Book Festival 2013!

OCD TEXAS, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), created the online book festival as a special awareness-raising event for International OCD Awareness Week, Oct 14-20, 2014.

Out of the Rabbit Hole, by Sheri Bloom & Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD, is the winner in the “Personal Memoir” and “Treatment Guide” categories and the overall winner.  This book exemplifies what we at OCD TEXAS so much value about IOCDF and the OCD community that has formed across our country and around the world over the past few decades — an atmosphere of deep, respectful collaboration and camaraderie between patients and expert treatment providers.

Ms. Bloom’s candid sharing of her personal struggles and triumphs, interwoven with Dr. Mouton-Odum’s clear and knowledgeable description of the theory and practice of behavioral treatment for OCD, makes this a ‘must-read’ for sufferers and those who support them,” wrote IOCDF member Melinda Stanley, PhD, who nominated the recently published book. Every individual is unique and every step on the path to recovery from OCD will not be the same for everyone; Ms. Bloom’s story is her own. We wanted our winning book, however, to be one that we could recommend “if you’re only going to read one book about OCD and its treatment.” This is it.

In the “Illustrated Book” category, Wibbly Wobblies That Live Inside My Tummy, was selected for its wonderfully disarming illustrations. We can’t imagine a child or adult who wouldn’t warm to these beautiful, gentle illustrations. Together with its descriptions of OCD, they meld into a powerful, useful and entertaining tool for patient and carer education. We are especially pleased to have this winner from Australia. We are grateful to IOCDF’s Global Partners and other groups around the world for participating in the OCD Book Festival, helping us raise awareness around the world.

In the “Fiction” category, The Dragon Who Pulled Her Scales, by William Michael Davidson, was selected for its compassionate and affirming use of a fictional tale in approaching children with body-focused repetitive disorders. IOCDF and it’s affiliates and partner organizations are committed to support and advocacy for OCD and related disorders, and we are thus especially pleased to have one of the winners of the OCD Book Festival be this excellent book that can be used in helping children or adults with hair-pulling (trichotillomania) or skin-picking, or anyone who could use a dose of self-compassion and acceptance.

In the “Shorts” category, “OCD”, Neil Hilborn’s poem, performed at a poetry slam earlier this year, catapulted him into overnight OCD Internet stardom. This powerful, moving piece evokes empathy and understanding of OCD; it deserves an award.

Congratulations to all of the winners! I would also like to thank all of the participating authors, as well as our IOCDF members for nominating the books, and the OCD Book Festival Committee for selecting our winners. Special thanks to Lina Jensen for posting the nominations, and also to Fran Harrington for his eye-catching poster design and technical help with the site.

-Irene Tobis, OCD Texas President

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