Posts By Skyla Buonopane

Why I Walk: Hannah Zidansek

Walk with members of the OCD and related disorders community across the nation this October at a One Million Steps for OCD Walk. Find a walk happening near you and embrace uncertainty one step at a time. Join the International OCD Foundation and its official Affiliates this October for the One Million Steps for OCD… Read more »

Community Artist Spotlight: Lydia Hayes

Meet community artist Lydia Hayes! At the 27th Annual OCD Conference this July, Lydia (19) submitted ten artworks to be showcased in our Conference Art Gallery. Through exploring art in therapy, Lydia creates portraits of personifications & other representations of her OCD and anxiety struggles to process her own feelings and experiences. She finds this… Read more »

Off To School

Check out IOCDF Advocate, Kim Vincenty’s back-to-school story, as she drops off her son at college and learns her own lesson: her fear during this stressful time, has no place in his life. I should have been joyful. Miracles had happened in the previous six years. But so had storms of epic proportion, and I’m… Read more »

Why I’m An Advocate: Krista Reed, LSCSW

Meet IOCDF Advocate Krista Reed LSCSW! Krista shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate in her poem below. Learn more about our advocate program.  Why am I an advocate? Why do I like to support? Why does it have to be me? When my time is already so short.   I am an… Read more »

Why I’m An Advocate: Katy Marciniak

Meet IOCDF Advocate Katy Marciniak! Katy shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate below. Learn more about our advocate program.  Katy is currently a stay-at-home Mom, who previously worked as a speech and language pathologist. Katy’s OCD onset around the age of 12, but she did not receive a diagnosis until over a… Read more »

IOCDF Announces 2022 Research Grant Award Winners

We are excited to announce the 2022 IOCDF Research Grant awardees! This year, we awarded $1.6 million in funding to researchers pursuing exciting and impactful projects on a range of topics in OCD and related disorders including PANDAS/PANS. To read more about the 2022 IOCDF Research Grant Award Winners and their projects, continue reading below!… Read more »

Announcing the Annual OCD Conference Award Winners

Each year at our Annual OCD Conference, we honor individuals who have gone above and beyond in their service and dedication to the OCD and related disorders community— raising awareness and advocating along the way. We would like to officially announce the 2022 award winners who will be honored at the 27th Annual OCD Conference… Read more »

Can’t Miss Highlights at the Annual OCD Conference

We can’t believe that the 27th Annual OCD Conference is less than a month away! Join us in Denver on July 8-10 for a three day weekend packed with community building, fun after-hours activities, and informative presentations on OCD and related disorders— bringing together individuals and families living with OCD, mental health professionals, and researchers… Read more »

Why I’m An Advocate: Sophie Suri

Meet IOCDF Advocate Sophie Suri! Sophie shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate in the video below. Learn more about our advocate program. “I always felt so much shame about my OCD. I felt like I was the odd one out and that there was something wrong with me- which is the worst… Read more »