Unmasking OCD Imposter Syndrome
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by International OCD Foundation
3d ago
By Corey Harrilal OCD is brutal, cynical, and unforgiving. While we might find consensus on some well-chosen adjectives, OCD is more akin to snowflakes — no two are identical. I discovered this reality firsthand at McLean Hospital: one resident might be engaged in an anxiety-driven two-step dance right at the entrance of the meeting room, while another could be in the middle of their fourth round of apologies. Both were examples of the ritualistic toll that OCD forces us to pay to progress in life. How was it that our OCD could look so different, yet be the defining struggle that connects us ..read more
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A Mother’s List of Helpful Perinatal OCD Resources
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by International OCD Foundation
3w ago
By Lindsay Lindsay is a proud mother of two and an active advocate within the Perinatal OCD Community.  Among her many activities, Lindsay helps co-facilitate a Postpartum Support International peer-to-peer group for Mom's with Perinatal OCD, and was a member of the Perinatal OCD Task Force - Public Awareness Subcommittee which helped with the IOCDF Perinatal OCD Resource Center, a joint project of the IOCDF and the Policy Center for Maternal Mental Health (formerly 2020 Mom). Perinatal OCD is a form of OCD that impacts new parents. It consists of a cycle of obsessions and compulsions ..read more
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“An Open Letter to my Doctor” from the Moms with OCD Special Interest Group
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by International OCD Foundation
1M ago
By The Moms with OCD Special Interest Group A woman’s likelihood of having an increased risk of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder symptoms increases after a child is born, known as the perinatal period [1] This research article also recommends that moms have a conversation with their doctors about any symptoms that occur after the birth, adoption, or placement of their child.  The challenge that multiple moms face is that OCD continues to have a stigma in the medical world.  Far too many moms face this when their OCD and/or anxiety symptoms are shared; leaving these moms’ struggles to b ..read more
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Spectrum Designs: A Partner Empowering Through Employment
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by International OCD Foundation
1M ago
Spectrum Designs is a nonprofit custom merchandise company whose mission is to create meaningful and inclusive employment opportunities for people on the Autism Spectrum. The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is proud to call Spectrum its partner, using their services as its primary provider of promotional materials. “Our collaboration with the IOCDF has spanned numerous projects, from apparel to promotional items and beyond,” Spectrum Co-Founder & CEO, Patrick Bardsley, said. “The knowledge that our merchandise aids a worthy cause brings immense satisfaction to our team.” The IOCDF be ..read more
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Attending #OCDCon: Saving your ORLAN(DOUGH) $ 
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by International OCD Foundation
1M ago
By Elise of (the ocdopus) The Annual OCD Conference is an amazing event for those affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. Held this year in Orlando, FL, the conference offers a wealth of educational sessions, support groups, activities, and networking opportunities. However, attending can be an expensive endeavor, especially when factoring in travel costs. Since I love to travel on a budget, I wanted to share some tips for how to lighten the financial load. If you're looking to attend The Annual OCD Conference on a budget, here are some tips that have worked for ..read more
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The Time OCD came to visit…and didn’t leave… 
International OCD Foundation Blog
by International OCD Foundation
2M ago
By Kerry Elson  My family’s story began on February 8, 2012.  On that night, I tucked my then 9 yr. old son Hayden into bed and went to sleep myself.  Little did I know that was the “last” time I would experience that version of Hayden.  When he woke up the next morning, he was completely different.  He couldn’t get ready for school as he usually did, he cried for seemingly no reason and he refused to eat. While he did eventually get to school that day, call it mother’s instinct, but I knew something was off. Fast forward several weeks…Hayden was having trouble in sch ..read more
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Self-Acceptance: A Repeated Practice
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by International OCD Foundation
2M ago
By Judith Stern After our first fifty minutes, my new therapist concluded, “Self-acceptance might be helpful.” I almost laughed out loud. I totally accept myself, I thought. Compared to where I was just five years ago, how could I possibly be any more accepting? Pamela didn’t know me as the suicidal self-harming millennial who practically wore the name label on my sweatshirt announcing, “Hi! I’m Wrong. Nice to meet you!” She didn’t see me attacking myself, physically and mentally, on a daily basis, largely a result of long-ingrained self-hate. She just saw Judith. So when she suggested I ..read more
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Am I a Bad Person?
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by International OCD Foundation
3M ago
By Shaela Lundy People always say to “just go with your gut feeling” and quote, “what you think, you become,” or “watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions…” But for me, I have always felt gut feelings I would never want to believe or act on and thought things that could never be said out loud. What would the speakers of these expressions think of me if they knew what went through my head? “So,” I reasoned, “I must be a bad person.” People struggling with OCD may question whether or not they are moral through countless lenses, worry at the thought of potent ..read more
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My Life with OCD and Social Anxiety Disorder
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by International OCD Foundation
3M ago
By Anonymous I have been suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety disorder since childhood. Today, I understand my diagnoses and how they affect my ability to work, especially in a country where mental illness isn’t usually understood. However, I wasn’t correctly and properly diagnosed with these illnesses until I was in college. This was partly because I spent my childhood and adolescent years mistaking the symptoms for being a normal part of life that other people also went through. I erroneously thought that my classmates in school were also dealing with these ..read more
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Online OCD Camp: The Volunteer Experience
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by International OCD Foundation
4M ago
Over the weekend of January 26, youth with OCD and their families gathered for the Online OCD Camp, an annual event which brings education and support to this special community. The weekend would not have been possible without the amazing group of volunteers that dedicates their time to making this event a success.  Today, we hear from the volunteers about their Camp experience! What was your Online OCD Camp experience like? It was beyond wonderful. Just seeing the kids grow and gain more and more confidence to manage OCD before my eyes was wonderful, especially ..read more
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