The Thin Line Between Helping and Hindering

Notice the title of this post refers to “hindering,” not “hurting.” I hesitate to refer to any kind of help a person offers as hurtful because the intentions are good. But it’s so often hard to know what to do to help someone with OCD. After my book reading earlier this month, we opened the…

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Defeating OCD: Sharing My Story with NAMI Readers

OCD Awareness Week is wrapping up–but it’s not quite over yet! NAMI has just posted an essay I submitted to their “You Are Not Alone” series. It seems particularly fitting because that was the working title of my book!

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Spotting the Less Obvious Symptoms of OCD

OCD often goes undiagnosed for years, sometimes even decades. And it’s no wonder–those suffering don’t always realize their obsessions are part of a disorder, and the symptoms aren’t always visible to loved ones. I’ve shared part of my story–including my years-long confusion–with Free Spirit Publishing blog readers today.

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OCD in the Workplace

As I mentioned earlier this week, it’s OCD Awareness Week! On Monday I participated in a chat about “coming out” with OCD, and last night I read excerpts from my book. Yikes! I’ve done a lot of sharing in just a few days. Not even my husband knew some of the things I’ve shared this…

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Do I Still Have OCD?

Seems like a silly question, huh? I have this blog about OCD, my book is coming out soon, I’m the newly minted president of OCD Twin Cities…But I considered it a question worth exploring. Read my latest blog post for the International OCD Foundation and weigh in in the comments section.

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OCD on the Radio

Today I had the immense pleasure of chatting with Chrissie Hodges on her show The Stigma of Mental Illness Radio. We realized over the course of the show how much we have in common and that we’re OCD kindred spirits. For years and years I felt completely alone with my obsessions, and lately I’ve come…

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