Posts Categorized: Guest Post

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 »

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 »

Memories and Mantras: by Carolyn Silverstein

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 remember when it began. I was nine years old. A puberty book warned me that… Read more »

My Story Isn’t Over Yet: by Jessica Bishop

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. When I was a child, I struggled daily. I experienced intrusive thoughts, anxiety, and depression. I… Read more »

Living with OCD: by Destiny Eve Pifer

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. Inside my apartment, the door is locked but still I check: once, twice, three times. I… Read more »

It’ll Cost Ya, So Fight Back: Post by Chris Abell

This story is part of our blog series called “Stories from the OCD Community.”  Stories from the community are collected and edited by Toni Palombi. If you are interested in sharing your story you can view submission details at www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. Chris Abell is a writer, editor, and stand-up comedian living in Boston. He was diagnosed with OCD… Read more »

One Teen’s Guide to Conquering OCD: by Josh Steinberg

 Tips for Helping Loved Ones Struggling With OCD 1. Your Child is Not Trying to be Difficult: It can be almost as stressful for parents and siblings of kids suffering from OCD as it is for the kids themselves! Children who are still resisting treatment or whose symptoms are upsetting the family’s routines are not… Read more »

Guest Post: Seeing The Light At The End Of The Dark Tunnel: My Experience With The Doubting Disease

Today’s blog is by Ryan, age 12, a 7th grader in New Jersey who wanted to share her experiences of living with OCD. Thank you to Ryan for sharing her story! When I was first diagnosed with OCD at the very end of 2015, I was, to be honest, shocked. My struggles were nothing like… Read more »

Why Walk for #1Million4OCD — One Mother’s Perspective

The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk provides an opportunity for families and friends to come together and meet others experiencing similar situations who have traveled along similar paths to find OCD treatment and support. I have been privileged to attend various Walks in Boston, Northern California, and last year’s inaugural Walk in Atlanta. It… Read more »