Posts Categorized: Awareness & Advocacy

Advocacy Reaching New Heights with the IOCDF Ambassador Program

By Ethan S. Smith, IOCDF National Ambassador The 25th Annual OCD Conference in Washington D.C. was an amazing event with a record-breaking 1,977 attendees from 19 countries! This Conference, more so than others, proved especially emotional for me in the best way possible. Beyond being deeply touched by so many of you, by your bravery… Read more »

A Mother’s Perspective

Written by Darla Knopp 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. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a term that can sometimes be easily… Read more »

Lucky Number 7: by Wendy Schlining

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. I have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It has taken many years, decades in fact, for me… Read more »

You Are Not Your Thoughts

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. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is treatable and I am living proof. Now 34, I have endured… 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 www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. It is hard to document a journey I spent over a decade avoiding. The timeline concerning… Read more »