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Climbing Up From Rock Bottom: Chris Trondsen

At my first International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) conference several years ago, I attended a panel moderated by this hilarious guy, Chris Trondsen. I saw him running around the venue that weekend and at every conference I went to after that, and I finally met him this year! Before everything shut down due to COVID-19 we…

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Author of Everything Is an Emergency: Jason Adam Katzenstein

One reason so many people still don’t understand the breadth of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is that it’s hard to show, limiting how we can spread awareness of it. Cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein’s new book, Everything Is an Emergency, illustrates some of the anguish people with OCD feel—but it will also make you laugh. Thank you,…

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A Penny for Your Intrusive Thoughts: Cassie and Darcy

Nothing inspires me more than when people who have suffered make it their mission to help others, and it’s even better when they do it with as much joy and creativity as today’s guests have. Cassie and Darcy are at the helm of A Penny for Your Intrusive Thoughts, an outlet for people with intrusive…

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Laughing Despite, and About, OCD: Neil Hemmer

Neil Hemmer is one of those old young people, already wise at 25. He’ll say something so poetic and profound it brings a tear to your eye and you suddenly feel less alone. And then he’ll tell a long story about pooping and the tears in your eyes are from laughing so hard. Like many…

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Advocating for OCD on Twitter: Shira Folberg

Shira Folberg is a force to be reckoned with! When she tweets about mental health and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in particular, people pay attention. She’s also started a personal blog about her experiences with OCD as well as a series called Faces of OCD with the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Shira has gone through a…

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Harnessing the Power of ACT: Patricia Zurita Ona

When you talk to Patricia Zurita Ona—Dr.Z. to her patients—her passion for acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) comes through loud and clear. She has embraced this form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a way for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to face their fears by focusing on what they value in life. Dr. Z. is…

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Made of Millions Founder: Aaron Harvey

When Aaron Harvey was finally diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in his thirties, he was relieved to have answers but frustrated it took so long to get them. Determined to shorten the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis, he set out to educate others about OCD, specifically intrusive thoughts. Now he’s expanded his scope…

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Increasing Diversity in the OCD Community: Valerie Andrews

When I started speaking out about my own experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) several years ago, I was scared of what people might think. And while there weren’t as many outspoken advocates as there are today, the ones who were sharing their stories pretty much all looked like me! One reason Valerie Andrews became an…

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Making Relationships Work With OCD: Genevieve Kales

Happy Monday! Help me welcome Genevieve Kales, who started advocating for OCD awareness a few years ago and has already made a huge impact on our community. You might recognize her from the documentary “Uncovering OCD: The Truth About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder,” directed by Ethan Smith, in which she shared her experience with OCD. You played…

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Advocating for OCD During a Crisis: Ethan Smith

Ethan Smith is one of the busiest advocates out there! We’re lucky he was able to carve out some time to talk about his latest projects and what he’s doing to offer support in this unpredictable climate. Thank you for everything you do for the OCD community, Ethan! Ethan, it’s been a while since you…

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