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 »

My OCD Snowball

By Kyle Cunningham My life took a drastic turn during my freshman year of college. Instead of enjoying what should have been the best time of my life, I spent the year struggling with obsessive thoughts and compulsions. I had never encountered such thoughts before. I believed that everything I was touching was contaminated with… Read more »

Battling OCD as a Father

By Matt Townsend My male role models have been my father and father-in-law, as well as my friends and coworkers. However, despite these good role models, I could never find a mold which fit me. On the outside, I appear to have it all together. I am an all-American father and husband, who is the… Read more »

Registration is Open for the 25th Annual OCD Conference

You can now register for the 25th Annual OCD Conference in Washington D.C.! The Annual OCD Conference is a one-of-a-kind event.  Whether you are a mental health professional, a researcher, someone living with OCD or a related disorder, or a friend of family member, we can guarantee that you will have an enriching and unforgettable experience at… Read more »