Posts Categorized: Advocacy

Avoidance and Anxiety

Written by IOCDF Advocate Andrew GottWorth. Learn more about our advocate program. If you’re like me, when you first learned about OCD, you thought it was about hand washing and alphabetizing DVD collections. Later I learned about intrusive thoughts and other types of compulsions. Even though I was in therapy for anxiety and depression for… Read more »

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: Melanie Lefebvre

Meet IOCDF Advocate Melanie Lefebvre! She shares about finding her voice and becoming an IOCDF Advocate. Learn more about our advocate program. “I used to keep silent. Now, I speak up to help others find their voice.” – Melanie  Below is a screenshot of a comment I made on a psychologist’s blog in 2012. Notice the name… 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 »