Posts Categorized: Scrupulosity

Why I’m An Advocate: Valerie Andrews

Meet IOCDF Lead Advocate Valerie Andrews! Following her OCD diagnosis in 2011, Valerie began her advocate journey in hopes of bringing awareness and inclusion within her own community and within communities of faith — promoting change along the way. Today, Valerie spends her time focusing on her nonprofit (msmablesparrows, Inc) for women of age, color,… Read more »

The Intersection of Faith & OCD: A Conversation with Justin K. Hughes, MA, LPC

On Monday, May 9th, the International OCD Foundation will host our second annual Faith & OCD Conference! Faith leaders, mental health professionals, and the OCD Community will come together to talk about the impact of scrupulosity, how to recognize when someone is struggling, and ways to support those in the faith community living with OCD…. Read more »

Un-teal there’s no stigma

by IOCDF Lead Advocate Valerie Andrews Being a woman of color, living with a mental illness such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has been challenging over the years. Being thrown into a world that I had absolutely no idea existed, it became apparent that we (POC) were lacking in both numbers and commitment. I found… Read more »

How Ancient Texts Helped Me to Control My Obsessions

By Anker Fanoe “Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment; mastering others requires force; mastering the self requires strength.” Lao Tzu, author of Tao Te Ching It was not until I first moved away to college that my obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) truly took me hostage. My mind became my personal bully, constantly… Read more »