Posts By 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.

Day Three at the Conference

I’m in OCD celebrity heaven! Forget Ryan Gosling–I got to meet Lee Baer, author of Imp of the Mind. That book played such an important role in my triumph over intrusive taboo thoughts that I had to hold myself back from hugging the man and weeping in his arms. He was very gracious, and seemed… Read more »

Day Two at the OCD Conference

I can’t explain how incredible it feels to be among so many people who understand me–it’s one thing to email with people who have OCD, but it’s quite another to be surrounded by them! Last night I planned today’s schedule. I fully intended to go to a morning session, but my roommate (and fellow workshop… Read more »

First Day in LA: Success!

IOCDF blogger Alison Dotson is attending the 21st Annual OCD Conference for the first time this year, and will be blogging about her experiences all weekend in Los Angeles.  I arrived in LA early this morning for the first day of the conference, and it’s been a blast so far! I’ve already made so many… Read more »

OCD, Depression, and Suicide: There Is Hope

Eight years ago, I was so depressed I considered committing suicide. My obsessions had completely taken over my life—not only were they daily distractions from work and friends, they were terrible. These obsessions, the fear that I might harm a child, didn’t just consume my free time. They consumed me. Nothing about life was enjoyable… Read more »

Book Giveaway! Being Me with OCD

Alison Dotson’s new book, Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life,  is now available in paperback!  To celebrate, we are excited to be able to share another excerpt from the book on the blog. Check it out, and then feel free to ask Alison questions in the comments below. One… Read more »

BOOK EXCERPT: My First Visit with a Psychiatrist

Our very own IOCDF blogger, Alison Dotson, has just released her first book, Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life, a memoir/self-help book for teens and young adults about life with OCD!  We are excited to be able to share an excerpt from the book on the blog. Check… Read more »

OCD in the Workplace

Editor’s Note: It’s Day Two of International OCD Awareness Week, and we want to continue our discuss about the significance of opening up to friends, family members, and even coworkers about OCD.  This week is all about spreading education and awareness about OCD outside of the OCD community, as a way of increasing understanding, and… Read more »

Do I still have OCD?

When I was first diagnosed with OCD, I told some people about it—friends and family, mostly. And when it seemed appropriate, I’d tell a coworker. But it wasn’t until a couple years ago when I got a book deal that I started to tell everyone. Maybe I’d bring up the book myself, or maybe my… Read more »

Listening to My Gut

Today’s blog is the latest installment from our guest blogger, Alison Dotson, author of the upcoming book, Being Me with OCD. When I read Alison’s blog below, what struck me was the importance of recognizing how self-care and flexibility are critical components of relapse prevention. Medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), or a combination of both,… Read more »

I Really Am Sooo OCD: Writing About OCD to Reduce Stigma

In March, I had an opportunity to help spread the word about OCD—including my own obsessions and struggles—in a huge public forum: the Huffington Post website. OCD was suddenly a timely topic after Lena Dunham’s character on Girls displayed symptoms, and while I was excited about the opportunity to tell a large audience more about the disorder,… Read more »