A room without walls: IOCDF Council seeks to improve mental health outcomes in minority communities

By Vinay Krishnan, JD, IOCDF Diversity Advisory Council Member I’m standing in a hotel banquet hall in San Francisco, and I’m thinking about something Mychal Denzel Smith wrote once, and I’m realizing that I might not actually be a monster. Every summer, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) holds its annual Conference. The weekend brings together people… Read more »

Help spread the word to support the IOCDF this #GivingTuesday!

This Giving Tuesday, held on December 3rd, 2020, give the gift of community, support, and hope to someone living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)! IOCDF programs help people living with OCD every step of the way, whether they are experiencing OCD symptoms for the first time, seeking proper diagnosis, searching for a therapist to access… Read more »

Finding Beauty in the Struggle

by Thomas Smalley 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 www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. If you told me seven years ago that one day I’d be standing… Read more »

A letter to my OCD

by Kayla 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 www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. After completing residential treatment (May–August) followed by day treatment (August–September) for obsessive compulsive disorder… Read more »

25 Years of Research: 1994–2019

Over the last 25 years, donors like you have made it possible for the IOCDF to award 116 research grants totaling $5.9 million. Thanks to these funds, researchers have advanced scientific understanding of OCD and related disorders, improved treatment, and discovered new treatments. The impact the fund has made, and continues to make, on the… Read more »

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, for the fourth year… Read more »

An introvert’s path to recovery

By Nicholas Meyer 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 www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. For as long as I can remember, I always preferred being alone. I… Read more »

My first encounter with OCD

By Mandy 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 www.iocdf.org/ocd-stories. Do you remember what it feels like to be nine years old? I look… Read more »

The IOCDF Shop is Open for Business!

The official IOCDF online store is now open for business! We’re so excited to offer new, IOCDF-branded merchandise so you can show your support for those affected by OCD and related disorders.  Head to the store for gifts for yourself or a loved one and raise awareness everywhere you go! What you’ll find at the… Read more »

“This is how these fears lose their power over us”: Mara Wilson Talks Facing Fears and Advocating for Change

We’re very excited to have writer, actress, and mental health advocate Mara Wilson participate in OCD Awareness Week! Mara, best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder at an early age and has written extensively about her experience, most notably in her memoir Where Am I… Read more »