Posts By Jessica Price

IOCDF Announces 2021 Research Grant Awards

The International OCD Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 Research Grant Awards. Seven exciting research projects were selected to receive a total of more than $800,000 in funding support thanks to the generosity of IOCDF donors.   Our research grant program includes two categories: Innovator Awards Award recipients in this category are investigating the big… Read more »

What Pride means to me

by Alexandra Attending my first Pride parade in Atlanta, I didn’t know anything about its origins or why it’s so important. At the age of 17, just barely starting college and with a newly out gay best friend, I only knew that I was curious about the LBGTQIA+ community and was open to any new… Read more »

Barriers to OCD treatment for the LGBTQ community

by Chris Trondsen, AMFT Finding effective treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be difficult for many individuals, especially for those living in rural areas and in countries with few specialty providers. For members of the LGBTQ community, finding OCD treatment may be especially difficult due to the unique challenges they face.  This treatment gap… Read more »

2021 IOCDF Virtual Research Symposium

For Researchers, Students, and Trainees On Thursday, July 8th, the International OCD Foundation will host its sixth annual IOCDF Research Symposium virtually over Zoom. The event will provide an exclusive forum for high-level presentations and scientific discussion on OCD and related disorders research.  We’re excited to announce the 2021 Symposium program, which includes three blocks… Read more »

A life underrepresented, so I’ll be loud: Being asexual with OCD

by “Mindful” Meggie Tran, she/they As I entered the beloved San Francisco-based grocery store chain, Bi-Rite, I took in the many colors coating the interior. Over the produce section, a transgender flag and twisty rainbow streamers proudly hung over. Signs posted around the store reminded its patrons that all identities were welcome and safe in… Read more »

Bisexuality & Sexual Orientation OCD: Double Invalidation

This post was originally published at on April 5, 2021. by Elle Warren In 7th grade, close to a decade before knowing OCD was anything besides a preference for cleanliness and organization, I was sitting on the sidelines of the gymnasium for cheerleading practice. I watched my teammates jump and stunt and tumble, awaiting… Read more »

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 »