Posts Categorized: Awareness & Advocacy

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 »

Why you should support our Pediatric Campaign 4 Hope

Kids at the Annual OCD Conference

Children with OCD experience so many barriers, whether it be in finding treatment, having qualified profession to treat the symptoms, educational attainment and issues in school, or just fitting in. The IOCDF aims to address these issues through the Pediatric Campaign 4 Hope, which will underwrite the cost of programs and special events including the… Read more »

Announcing the Launch of Anxiety in the Classroom

We are pleased to announce the launch of Anxiety in the Classroom, our brand new online resource focusing on anxiety and OCD in the school setting. Whether you work within the school system, have a student in your family, or are a student yourself read more to learn about how this exciting new content can… Read more »

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 »

The fiction of OCD

By Natalie Rompella 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 I love to write. Ideas come to me naturally. I also use little… Read more »