OCD Ocean

By Lauren Thompson Dunton I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in the third grade. For me, it began simply enough: I couldn’t step on the grout between the tiles, and as I emerged from the bathtub, I needed to have both feet simultaneously on the floor (which is actually quite dangerous). It snowballed… Read more »

On the Other Side of Despair

This author has asked to remain anonymous The signs of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) began showing in our son at an early age. When he was 7, he started to exhibit many unusual and unprovoked movements but given he was the eldest child, our general knowledge of middle childhood behaviors was lacking. We began to… Read more »

My Bully and Me

By DJ Walker 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. “I’m so OCD!” my friend said as she cleaned her apartment. “My desk has… Read more »

The Wallflower Child

By Ashley K. 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.  I have lived with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression since I was… Read more »

Why Attend the 25th Annual OCD Conference?

This year, we are thrilled to host the 25th Annual OCD Conference in Washington D.C. from July 27 – 29 (pre-conference activities on July 26). Each year, both new and returning attendees tell us what a unique and amazing experience they had at the Annual OCD Conference. The Conference is not only a chance to learn about cutting-edge… Read more »

Welcoming Uncertainty

By Laura Joseph Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can sometimes hit you where it matters most. For me, this meant having obsessive thoughts of uncertainty about my relationship. I was officially diagnosed with OCD two years ago. On my first day in intensive therapy, I was asked to write down my thoughts from the moment I… Read more »

A thirteen-year-old’s advice to other children with OCD

By Alex R. I have recently been diagnosed with severe pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When I suffered from my OCD symptoms, I hated my life. I was not able to do simple tasks – such as walking from my bedroom to the kitchen, brushing my teeth, or eating and… Read more »

Moments of Clarity

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. I have lived with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) for 20 years. I started to experience symptoms… Read more »

The Art of Recovery

By Douglas Delatim  My OCD started in 2010. I experienced awful intrusive thoughts that I could not control. Being a very peaceful and shy person, having these thoughts made me question my own sanity. As the thoughts began to affect my work and social life, I decided to seek treatment. I found a great doctor who… Read more »