OCD in Faith-Based Communities Blog

Why I’m An Advocate: Valerie Andrews

By Skyla Buonopane | May 10, 2022 | 1 Comment

Meet IOCDF Lead Advocate Valerie Andrews! Following her OCD diagnosis in 2011, Valerie began her advocate journey in hopes of bringing awareness and inclusion within her own community and within communities of faith — promoting change along the way. Today, Valerie spends her time focusing on her nonprofit (msmablesparrows, Inc) for women of age, color,… Read more »

A Conversation with IOCDF Advocate Alex Rosenberg

By Skyla Buonopane | April 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

What one individual with lived experience wants you to know about attending this year’s Annual Faith & OCD Conference. Join the International OCD Foundation on Monday, May 9th as we host our second annual Faith & OCD Conference! Faith leaders, mental health professionals, and the OCD Community will come together to talk about the impact… Read more »

The Intersection of Faith & OCD: A Conversation with Justin K. Hughes, MA, LPC

By Skyla Buonopane | April 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

On Monday, May 9th, the International OCD Foundation will host our second annual Faith & OCD Conference! Faith leaders, mental health professionals, and the OCD Community will come together to talk about the impact of scrupulosity, how to recognize when someone is struggling, and ways to support those in the faith community living with OCD…. Read more »

A Conversation with Reverend Lauren Buck Medeiros

By Skyla Buonopane | April 7, 2022 | 2 Comments

What one faith leader learned attending last year’s Faith & OCD Conference Did you know that many people living with OCD initially seek assistance from a faith leader prior to a mental health provider?  On Monday, May 9th, the International OCD Foundation will host our second annual Faith & OCD Conference! Faith leaders, mental health… Read more »

Un-teal there’s no stigma

By International OCD Foundation | October 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

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 myself struggling, longing to share, to… Read more »

A Religious Leader’s Personal Experience with OCD

By International OCD Foundation | May 12, 2021 | 3 Comments

by Rev. Katie O’Dunne On the surface, I am an ordained minister, school chaplain, religious educator, and ultra-marathon runner who has it all together. In my more private life, I’ve battled obsessive- compulsive disorder since childhood, with a significant relapse while serving in ministry a few years ago. Many of us with OCD are amazing… Read more »

How Ancient Texts Helped Me to Control My Obsessions

By International OCD Foundation | August 15, 2018 | 2 Comments

By Anker Fanoe “Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment; mastering others requires force; mastering the self requires strength.” Lao Tzu, author of Tao Te Ching It was not until I first moved away to college that my obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) truly took me hostage. My mind became my personal bully, constantly… Read more »