Posts Categorized: Advocacy

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 www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. It is hard to document a journey I spent over a decade avoiding. The timeline concerning… Read more »

OCD Capital Walk: A message from our Grand Marshal, Shannon Shy

  Shannon Shy is the President of the IOCDF Board of Directors, a Member of OCD Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors, and now, the Grand Marshal of the OCD Capital Walk!  In the following letter, Shannon shares what the OCD Capital Walk means to him and why it is such an important addition to OCD Awareness Week. Hello!… Read more »

It’s time for the #OCDvocate Holiday Messages of Hope!

Holiday Message of Hope

I remember my time in residential treatment. It happened to be over the holidays. As difficult as OCD treatment can be, it’s that much harder going through it away from family and friends. Away from the familiarity of your own home during a time when togetherness feels necessary. Despite a treatment team and counselors, I… Read more »

An #OCDvocate Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving. It’s a day to be grateful. To give thanks for what you have, the people in your life that make a difference, and the freedoms we all share. But when your mental illness has a tight hold of you, it’s so hard to see what you should be grateful for. It’s easier to see… Read more »

Countdown to #OCDweek: Advocacy and OCD Awareness Week

Today’s blog is part 3 in our weekly countdown to #OCDweek! IOCDF Spokesperson Jeff Bell joins us today to explain why advocacy was so important to his own recovery, and how you can take part in raising awareness for OCD during upcoming #OCDweek. Ralph Waldo Emerson may have said it best: “It is one of the… Read more »

Video: View the Powerful Keynote Address by Clint & Joanie Malarchuk

We were honored to have Clint Malarchuk and his wife, Joanie Malarchuk, as keynote speakers at the 2015 Annual OCD Conference in Boston last month. Their talk was a powerful testament to the importance of family and a strong support network. But also a powerful reminder about how many obstacles people often have to go… Read more »