The power of passion and perseverance

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 By Kiran Kaur Struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has been an arduous journey. While I… Read more »

Announcing 2018 Conference Keynote with Dr. Drew and Our 2018 IOCDF Award Winners

One of our favorite parts of the Annual OCD Conference is the Saturday evening keynote address and the IOCDF awards presentation.  We are extremely excited to announce the individuals that we have chosen this year, and we hope that you share our enthusiasm. So, without further ado, we are pleased to announce our 2018 Conference… Read more »

Mental Health Awareness Month: A Spotlight on Children’s Mental Health

Although mental health was once considered a taboo subject, it has increasingly become a topic of everyday conversation. While we still have much work to do, it’s promising to see so many people taking initiative to learn about the various conditions that impact the lives of millions of Americans. Unfortunately, mental health disorders know no… Read more »

Becoming My Own Friend

By Michelle I have struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trichotillomania, and post-traumatic stress disorder since I was a child. As a child, I was bullied in school, abused at home, and had friends that made fun of me behind my back. I always felt so painfully alone. At the age of 5, I was… Read more »

DC Area Highlights!

by Michael Spigler Michael Spigler is currently the Vice President of Patient Services & Education at the American Kidney Fund and former Program Director at the IOCDF in Boston, MA. As a former team member of IOCDF, upcoming Volunteer at this year’s Conference, and current DC resident, we felt he’d be the best person to enlighten… Read more »

Denis Asselin Shares His “Why I Walk” Video

In 2012, Denis Asselin walked from his home in Cheyney, PA, to Boston, MA in memory of his son, Nathaniel, who took his own life at the age of just 24, after a long struggle with severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD. Dennis walked almost 500 miles (or roughly one million steps!) to honor… Read more »

Highlights of the 25th Annual OCD Conference!

This summer, the IOCDF will put on its 25th Annual OCD Conference – this means that we have been doing this for a quarter of a century! Whether you have been with us since the beginning or this will be your first time attending, we are excited to have you join us in Washington, DC… Read more »

The Creature in my Mind

By Colleen Sherry Let’s call my OCD a creature – an elusive being that rears its head and cries for all to see. Unseen by many, it ponders carefully before striking out into the physical world when the time is right. As a six-year-old, my thoughts should have been carefree. However, it was then that… Read more »