Share Your Story

Have you or a loved one been affected by OCD or a related disorder?  By sharing your story you can help to educate others about OCD as well as provide support and encouragement to those who may be having similar experiences. We welcome submissions from those living with OCD or a related disorder, their family/friends, researchers, and medical professionals. Here are some ways that you can share your story:

Submit to the IOCDF Blog “Stories from the Community”:

We regularly publish stories on our IOCDF blog “Stories from the Community.”  These stories are posted publicly on our website as well as frequently share through our social media channels.  To learn more about the blog and view guidelines on how to submit, visit

Submit to the quarterly OCD Newsletter:

Our quarterly newsletter is available in both print and digital format and is free to all members of the IOCDF.  Each issue we feature stories from the OCD Community, and we welcome you to submit! Our submission guidelines are as follows:

  • We accept submissions in the form of stories, poems, and research articles (by professionals)
  • We recommend that submissions be 1300 words or less
  • Submissions should convey a clear message that the author wants to share for the benefit of the community. Examples could be how to manage OCD symptoms, advice for supporting others with OCD, overcoming stigma, etc…
  • Submissions can be sent to

We regularly review submissions and will contact you if we decide to publish your story in an upcoming newsletter.

Please note that we do edit stories and their titles for length, clarity and our own editorial guidelines. We will submit final edits for approval before publishing. We never want to misrepresent your voice or message.

Apply to Present at the Annual OCD Conference:

All members of the OCD and related disorders community are welcome to submit a proposals to speak on a presentation, workshops, evening activity, and/or support groups at the Annual OCD Conference held each July. The Conference provides an amazing opportunity to share your story in-person, with members of the OCD community. Whether you are a professional, or someone who wants to share their own personal stories of living with OCD, we invite you to submit your proposal to speak at the next Annual OCD Conference.

The Proposal System for the Conference is open throughout the month of January. For more information on the Conference and to learn how to submit to present, visit

Become an Grassroots Advocate:

An advocate is someone who publicly supports a cause, or fights for something they believe in. In mental health — this often means fighting stigma by being willing to talk frankly about your experience with mental illness. As an Grassroots Advocate we will encourage you to share your story both by issuing regular Grassroots Advocate challenges that you may participate in, as well as by providing you with the tools and support to tell your story openly.  For more information about our Grassroots Advocate program and to sign the Grassroots Advocate pledge visit

Participate in OCD Awareness Week:

OCD Awareness Week is an international effort taking place during the second week in October each year to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment. During OCD Awareness Week there are a number of way to tell your story including creating a YouTube video, hosting a special event, and sharing on social media.

To learn more about OCD Awareness Week visit