Guest Post: Aha! Moments from Disney’s Frozen

Today’s post is a guest post from Shala Nicely, who originally wrote this blog for her own OCD blog called “Aha! Moments.” You may remember that Shala was our keynote speaker at last year’s conference in Atlanta, where she spoke about her journey through OCD treatment, recovery, and her decision to go back to school… Read more »

Inside the Professional Plenary: The Untold Story About Negative Emotions

 In today’s blog, IOCDF executive director, Jeff Szymanski, PhD, introduces the Plenary Speaker at this year’s Annual OCD Conference.  The Plenary is a talk with an invited speaker, which serves as a counterpart to Saturday morning’s Keynote Address specifically for the Professional Community at the OCD Conference. While intended for professionals, many attendees may also find the… Read more »

Introducing the 2014 Boston Walk Grand Marshal – Michael Jenike, MD

I am pleased to announce that one of our two Grand Marshals for the 2014 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston is Dr. Michael Jenike. I have known Mike since 2001 when I began working as a staff psychologist at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute (OCDI). In fact, Mike is the co-founder of the… Read more »

All about the Annual Hoarding Meeting: An Interview with Gail & Randy

We are excited to announce that for the second year in a row, we will be holding the Annual Hoarding Meeting at the IOCDF’s Annual OCD Conference. The 2nd Annual Hoarding Meeting provides critical information to individuals, families, and loved ones affected by hoarding disorder, with the goal of improving access to effective and compassionate… Read more »

One Step at a Time: Walking for OCD in Sacramento

Walk in Sacramento

For the past six years, I’ve had the great privilege of serving as a national spokesperson for the IOCDF, and during that time, I’ve enjoyed participating in all kinds of conferences, talks, and special events.  None has raised my excitement more than the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk. There’s just something magic about what this… Read more »

OCD, Depression, and Suicide: There Is Hope

Eight years ago, I was so depressed I considered committing suicide. My obsessions had completely taken over my life—not only were they daily distractions from work and friends, they were terrible. These obsessions, the fear that I might harm a child, didn’t just consume my free time. They consumed me. Nothing about life was enjoyable… Read more »

Book Giveaway! Being Me with OCD

Alison Dotson’s new book, Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life,  is now available in paperback!  To celebrate, we are excited to be able to share another excerpt from the book on the blog. Check it out, and then feel free to ask Alison questions in the comments below. One… Read more »

Conference Schedule and Registration Now Live!

We are happy to announce that a preview of the schedule for the 2014 Conference is now available, and that registration is now open! We are so excited about this year’s conference in Los Angeles — this will be our 21st Annual OCD Conference, and we hope to make it the best yet. The conference will feature more than… Read more »