Posts Categorized: Advocacy

Why I Became an Advocate: Ezra Homonoff

IOCDF Advocate Ez Homonoff shares why they became an OCD advocate by writing a beautiful song titled “Braver”. Check out the lyrics below! Learn more about our advocate program. “Braver” (by Ez Homonoff) When I was a kid, I had OCD, but really OCD had me I was wrapped around its crooked fingers and felt I… Read more »

Why I Became an Advocate: Alexandra Reynolds

Meet IOCDF Advocate Alexandra Reynolds! Alex shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate. Learn more about our advocate program. There are many reasons I became an advocate, but my biggest passion lies in creating a safe and welcoming space for the Latinx/Hispanic and BIPOC communities. As a First-Generation Latina, I often felt alone in… Read more »

Why I Became an Advocate: Caroline

Meet IOCDF Advocate Caroline! Caroline shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate. Learn more about our advocate program. My name is Caroline and I’m an IOCDF advocate! After attending my first IOCDF conference in 2017 in San Fran, my OCD and related disorders advocacy journey was sparked.  My passion for OCD advocacy comes from… Read more »

10 Ways to Be an OCD Advocate

At the IOCDF, we get many inquiries from folks who either have OCD, love a person with OCD, or treat a person with OCD, who want to know what they can do to help. The truth is, there are so many ways you can advocate for the community, within your community—and we’ve got plenty of… Read more »

Why I Became an Advocate: Molly Fishback

Meet IOCDF Advocate Molly Fishback! Through art, Molly shares the reasons why she became an IOCDF Advocate. Learn more about our advocate program. “I’m sharing my story to let others know that there are people just like them with OCD in the world on the same journey.” – Molly Fishback Molly Fishback is a teacher and… Read more »

Project for Awesome Begins Today! Vote for the IOCDF!

The Foundation to Decrease World Suck, led by John and Hank Green, is holding its annual Project for Awesome (P4A)  event this weekend. The P4A is a fundraiser and video contest where people post videos about and advocating for charities that decrease the overall level of world suck. Participants submit videos highlighting their favorite charities,… Read more »

OCD can be a lonely path. Let’s find our way. Together: by Ryan Bernstein

Looking back, I was surprised I’d survived at all. The summer after third grade I wouldn’t eat because I was too anxious. In fourth grade, I spent one hundred and twenty arduous days eating only dried cereal for lunch. In sixth grade, I wouldn’t even eat at school. In seventh grade, I was afraid to… Read more »

How The Media Gets OCD All Wrong—UK Based Podcast Helps OCD Sufferers Find Recovery

In the podcast series, The OCD Stories, founder Stuart Ralph discusses how the media often gets Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) wrong with Hollywood writer, producer, and OCD sufferer, Harris Goldberg. Goldberg is known for his films Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Without a Paddle, The Master of Disguise and Numb, films inspired by his own experiences battling… Read more »

In Search of Light

This story is part of our blog series called “Stories from the OCD Community.”  Stories from the community are submitted and edited by Toni Palombi. If you are interested in sharing your story you can view submission details at It is hard to document a journey I spent over a decade avoiding. The timeline concerning… Read more »