A Religious Leader’s Personal Experience with OCD

by Rev. Katie O’Dunne On the surface, I am an ordained minister, school chaplain, religious educator, and ultra-marathon runner who has it all together. In my more private life, I’ve battled obsessive- compulsive disorder since childhood, with a significant relapse while serving in ministry a few years ago. Many of us with OCD are amazing… Read more »

My story

by Allison Livingston It’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week! We’re partnering with 2020 Mom and TheBlueDotProject to raise awareness about Perinatal OCD through blog and social posts, a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 2pm ET, and a special town hall on Thursday at 7pm ET. Join us! #MMHWeek2021 #MakingOverMotherhood TW: Suicidal thoughts “You’re doing a great job, Mom!” These were the words I… Read more »

To resist is to persist

by Rachel Huber It’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week! We’re partnering with 2020 Mom and TheBlueDotProject to raise awareness about Perinatal OCD through blog and social posts, a Reddit AMA on Thursday at 2pm ET, and a special town hall on Thursday at 7pm ET. Join us! #MMHWeek2021 #MakingOverMotherhood TW: Suicidal thoughts I have had… Read more »

Navigating friendships with OCD: Tips to help youth determine whether to share an OCD diagnosis

by Marni L. Jacob, PhD, ABPP (President, OCD Central & South Florida) & Kyle King (IOCDF Advocate) Friendships are a fundamental part of life, yet OCD can sometimes make it challenging for youth to navigate these important relationships. A common predicament for children and adolescents is determining whether to share information about having OCD with… Read more »

Recognizing OCD At Work

by Katherine Jahangiri A few years ago, I was a manager at a tech company — a sector known for pushing the envelope in innovation but falling behind in neurodiversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. I was sitting in a meeting when my then-supervisor lamented about a family member’s struggle with their wife’s obsessive compulsive disorder… Read more »

My OCD Story: Chapter 6 & Conclusion

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post contains discussion of topics that may be upsetting, including suicide. Please take care of yourself as you read this article. If you are in crisis, know that help is only a call or click away at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. by JC Chapter 6: Life after treatment  Several years after extensive… Read more »

My OCD Story: Chapters 3-5

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post contains discussion of topics that may be upsetting, including suicide. Please take care of yourself as you read this article. If you are in crisis, know that help is only a call or click away at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. by JC Chapter 3: High school and the never ending search… Read more »

My OCD Story: Chapters 1&2

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post contains discussion of topics that may be upsetting, including suicide. Please take care of yourself as you read this article. If you are in crisis, know that help is only a call or click away at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. by JC Chapter 1: “Smells like fear” March 4th, 2020  It… Read more »

Present at the IOCDF Virtual Research Symposium

In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the IOCDF to transition all of our usual conference programming, including our annual pre-conference research symposium, to a virtual format. What began as a way to sustain the symposium in the face of pandemic-related cancellations became an exciting experiment that engaged a diverse international audience of scientists around… Read more »

Public Policy Corner: Spring 2021

Originally published in the Spring 2021 edition of the OCD Newsletter. The beginning of 2021 marked a time of transition to a new session of Congress, along with a change in the White House. For us at the IOCDF, this is a time for us to take stock of our public policy priorities for the… Read more »