Posts By Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson
I am the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life, a nonfiction book for teens and young adults with OCD. Part memoir, part self-help guide, Being Me with OCD lets readers know they're not alone in their struggle to get better--and that there is hope.

Guest post: My First Annual OCD Conference Experience

Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Today’s blog  entry comes from Alison Dotson, who has served as our featured Annual OCD Conference blogger since the 2014 Conference in Los Angeles. In today’s special #tbt post, Alison reflects on what it was like attending her first Annual OCD Conference and what made it such a positive experience she’s now eager to return… Read more »

One Size Does Not Fit All: Learning That Your Story May Not Be My Story

The IOCDF blog often shares personal stories from those in the OCD community about their experiences living with OCD and related disorders. Today’s entry from featured blogger Alison Dotson focuses on the process of sharing her personal recovery story, and navigating the fact that treatment can look so different to different people. Being an advocate… Read more »

OCD Conference: Going Home

It’s the last day of the Conference: Prepare to be sad when you leave, and maybe sadder when you get home. I said to someone yesterday, “Can’t we just live here?” “Boston?” she asked. “Or the hotel?” “The hotel,” I said, “but what I mean is, ‘Can’t we just live with people with OCD and… Read more »

OCD Conference: Boston edition

How is day one winding down already? I’ve been looking forward to this since last year’s Conference, and we’re cruising through this year’s already. As with last year, I’m wearing many hats: an affiliate representative (OCD Twin Cities president), a speaker (check out my session with Lee Baer tomorrow afternoon, from 4 to 5:30!), and… Read more »

#OCDweek Blog 1: OCD on the Internet — How to Deal With Misconceptions

It’s #OCDweek! All week, we’ll be featuring daily posts from our guest bloggers about issues surrounding OCD. Today’s post is from Alison Dotson about the use of the term OCD on social media. Join the conversation in the comments below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #OCDweek. A few months ago an interesting article showed up… Read more »

Guest Post: Report from the Annual OCD Conference

Originally posted on Free Spirit Publishing Blog: This past weekend, July 17–20, I fulfilled a dream I’ve had for several years now: I attended the 21st Annual OCD Conference, held by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). This year it was in Los Angeles (ooh la la!), but last year it was in Atlanta and next year it… Read more »

Conference Social and Day Four

I’m home now, and I’m still coming down from my conference high. I’m sure you are, too. It’s quite a shift from finding inspiration around every corner to having my dogs paw at me to let them outside (and back in and then back out and back in again). I’m back to work tomorrow, and… Read more »