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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Drawing on Strength to Face OCD: Thomas Smalley

Thomas Smalley was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in high school, and it wasn’t long before he was spreading awareness of the disorder: He spoke about it at Yale when he was only 16! Thomas found purpose in his pain and has helped combat stigma and educate others about OCD. Learn more about his journey,…

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Being Inclusive to All With OCD: Vinay Krishnan

Vinay Krishnan has been vocal about spreading awareness of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and in a variety of ways: In 2018 he hosted an open-mic night at the OCD Conference, he’s written articles such as “What I Learned Watching LeBron James During My OCD Treatment,” and he’s on the IOCDF Diversity Advisory Council. Today he’s talking…

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Blasphemous Thoughts in OCD: Michele Carroll

Meet the lovely Michele Carroll! Some of you may be thinking, “Wait, I think I have met her” because you’ve talked with her or seen her at some of the annual International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) conferences. As you’ll soon hear from Michele herself, she’s had OCD for years—but she’s only recently begun opening up about it more and…

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Online Support for OCD: Epifania Gallina

Happy New Year! I’ve been on a bit of a break from posting Tuesday Q&As, and I’m happy to host Epifania Gallina in this first post of 2017! Learn more about her experience with OCD, stigma, and her secret Facebook support group. When were you diagnosed with OCD, and how did you realize you might…

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Tackling Stigma: Mark Joyella

If you know me, you know I believe we all have the power to spread awareness, even if it’s to one other person in our lives, and that every little bit matters. A journalist with nearly 12,000 followers on Twitter, Mark Joyella is in a position to spread awareness far and wide, and we’re lucky enough…

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Host of The OCD Stories: Stuart Ralph

I’ve recently gotten into podcasts (did you know they’ve been a thing for, like, years now?), so I was happy to come across the aptly titled The OCD Stories, a well-done, inspirational podcast and website run by the fellow I’m hosting today: Stuart Ralph. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Stu in person, but…

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Losing a Child With BDD: Denis Asselin

Welcome back to Tuesday Q&A! I admit the hiatus wasn’t exactly planned; life and the holidays conspired to throw me off schedule. I couldn’t be happier to kick off the New Year with this post from Denis Asselin, an amazing advocate who’s been working tirelessly and with compassion to spread awareness about body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) since…

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Obsessive Christmas Disorder

By now you’ve probably heard of the controversy over a holiday sweater Target is carrying this season. It reads “OCD Obsessive Christmas Disorder.” On the surface, it’s “just a sweater.” At least that’s what people keep telling me. They’ve also told me it isn’t making fun of OCD, and that “compulsive” is a pretty key…

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Trauma and OCD: Clint Malarchuk

Welcome to Tuesday Q&A! This week we’re hearing from Clint Malarchuk, a man who is supposed to be tough, who isn’t supposed to admit to feeling weak—but he’s shattered misconceptions and is speaking out, particularly about his struggle with OCD, to help others. Clint is tough, by the way. And he’s really, really nice. Really. I…

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