I always love writing for the International OCD Foundation blog because it makes me feel connected to the wider OCD community. Last week they posted my latest about following your own path to recovery and not relying on just one piece of advice or person to guide you.
What do you think? Have you found any benefit to getting advice from a range of resources?
Have you heard of the Health Stories Project? It’s a wonderful resource I recently learned about when they asked to interview me about my experience with OCD. They made me feel completely at ease, and I didn’t feel at all like they thought my admittedly terrible obsessions made me terrible.
Consider joining their community for support from others. I’ve joined!
Last week I explained why sharing my own OCD story is so important to me. I hope you’ll consider sharing yours as well, at least on a small scale. Doing so doesn’t mean you have to bare your soul—unless you’re ready to. Together we can change the world!
The International OCD Foundation has launched a new advocacy program that’s easy to get involved in. Take the pledge and get to work! As I note in this blog I wrote for the IOCDF, being an advocate can take many forms — you can be involved in any way that works for you.
Want to participate in a live chat with Dr. Lee Baer, author of The Imp of the Mind?
ocdandfamilies.org is having their first live discussion held in the Unacceptable Intrusive Obsessions Forum on Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. EST. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the support groups, please select the “I’d like to join a Forum” page from the “Peer Support Forums” menu at ocdandfamilies.org.
Dr. Baer will answer your questions about inappropriate or taboo intrusive thoughts. I wish this had been available to me when I was really struggling–I hope you take advantage! Dr. Baer is incredible.
Please register before May 13 so we know whether we have an interest to proceed! To participate, just register, and then log in at 7 p.m. (EST) on May 13 and go to the Unacceptable Intrusive Obsessions Forum.
Hey, local readers! I’ll be reading from Being Me with OCD and taking questions from educators at Barnes & Noble in Roseville on Saturday, April 12, from 2 to 3:30. While this event is especially for educators, all are welcome! Hope to see you there.
It’s hard to believe OCD once had such a powerful hold on me I thought suicide might be the only way out. I’m so glad I got help when I did. Check out my latest blog post for the International OCD Foundation.
There’s no age limit when it comes to people making hurtful jokes about OCD or saying things like, “I’m so OCD!” But the preteen and teen years are a great time to educate and try to nip these remarks in the bud. Get some tips on how.
I’ve shared an excerpt from Being Me with OCD on the International Foundation blog. Comment for a chance to win a paperback copy!
Last October my book launched as an e-book, and now you can order it in paperback! Enjoy.