Help us spread Messages of Hope this holiday season!

It’s time to spread some holiday cheer! The holidays can be a hard time for those who are away from home to get help with their OCD. Something as simple as a card and a message from the heart during this time of year can make a huge difference.  That’s why the IOCDF is asking… Read more »

World Kindness Day: Find Your Own Kind

By Lead Advocate, Valerie Andrews World Kindness Day is observed annually on November 13. Originally formed in 1998 to promote kindness throughout the world; this unofficial international celebration was designed to reflect and promote the common thread of kindness that binds us all together on a global level. I must admit that five years ago,… Read more »

Why I Became an Advocate: Adira Weixlmann

Meet IOCDF Advocate Adira Weixlmann! She shares with us her journey and why she chose to become an IOCDF Advocate. Learn more about our advocacy program. “I love to remind other OCD sufferers and their families that a person isn’t just their OCD. Yes, I have OCD but it doesn’t define me. I am also… Read more »

IOCDF Advocate Alex: Unity is my greatest motivator

As part of our #ChalkItUpToValues campaign for #OCDWeek, we invited the IOCDF Advocates to write about what they value and what motivates them to face OCD. Here, Alex Rosenberg writes about unity with the OCD community. Unity among people has gotten me to seek and continue with OCD treatment.  I have constantly been tempted to… 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 »

What’s worth fighting OCD for?

by IOCDF Advocate Adira Weixlmann My world was rocked when I was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 18. Prior to developing symptoms — practically overnight — I had lived a very privileged high school experience. I was at the top of my class with a full course load of AP classes, I had… Read more »

Micah Howe: The virtual aspect is super convenient

Micah Howe, an IOCDF Advocate, talks about his conference experience. Check out the full schedule and register for this weekend’s Online OCD Conference! How many conferences have you attended? I attended IOCDF conferences in Boston, Chicago, Austin, and presented at last year’s online conference.  How does a virtual conference compare with an in-person one? So… Read more »

Hannah and Melanie: You make lifelong bonds at #OCDCon

Hannah Zidansek and Melanie Lefebvre, IOCDF Advocates and best friends who met virtually through OCD Awareness Week in October 2014, talk about their conference experience. Check out the schedule and register for this weekend’s Online OCD Conference! Hannah: Melanie, I fully credit you for personally recruiting me to attend my first OCD conference. We built… Read more »

Molly Fishback: It’s hard to explain the amazing feeling of community at #OCDCon

Molly Fishback, IOCDF Advocate and co-founder of Not Alone Notes, talks about her conference experience. Check out the full schedule and register for this weekend’s Online OCD Conference! How many conferences have you attended, and what was your first conference experience like? The first conference that I attended was in DC in 2018, and I… Read more »

Caroline K: For me, the highlight of #OCDCon is the sense that you’re not alone

IOCDF Advocate Caroline K talks about her conference experience. Check out the full schedule and register for this weekend’s Online OCD Conference! How many conferences have you been to? I went to the San Francisco one, the Washington, DC one, and the virtual one last year.  I’ve also been to all of the virtual OCD… Read more »