OCD, the Masterful Bully

Yesterday most of us read the sad news that the superbly talented Phillip Seymour Hoffman had died. Reports state that heroin was found near his body and that he had a needle in his arm, so we have a pretty good idea of how he died. What we don’t really know, as mere fans of the…

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“OCD” Products

Today I visited Amazon to see the ratings for my book (which, by the way, fluctuate so wildly they’re not at all helpful). Instead of searching by the full title, I just typed “OCD” into the search box, and since I didn’t choose “Books” from the drop-down menu, I came across a surprising number of…

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Why a Print Version of My Book Is a Good Thing

Being Me with OCD will be out as a paperback in March, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. When I submitted my proposal, the publisher was interested but hesitant to go forward with a “regular” print book. OCD is a sensitive topic, and they thought teens might feel embarrassed to carry around…

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Overcome Your Obsessions By Facing Them Head-On

Last month I faced a huge fear of mine–speaking to a roomful of people–and upped the ante by reading very personal passages from my book. What I read aloud was once so shameful to me that even my husband was hearing some of it for the first time. (He told me later that it helped…

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A Must-Read for School Counselors and Teachers

It’s no wonder people with OCD are so afraid to tell people what’s going on. In “Obsessive Thoughts: A Darker Side of OCD,” the young author says she was suspended from school after she wrote an anonymous article about her harm OCD symptoms in the high school newspaper. School officials thought she was a threat…

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Free Spirit Publishing’s 30th Anniversary!

My book’s publisher, Free Spirit Publishing, is amazing. I can’t imagine a better fit for my book–its whole mission is to help kids and teens navigate life, and navigating life with OCD can be especially difficult. This year marks 30 years of making a difference, whether it’s through books for teachers, parents, counselors, teens, or…

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Being Me with OCD Now Available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon!

The wait is over! I started writing my story years ago, so I’m delighted that my book, Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life is now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon! Let me know what you think. I hope it helps you in some way, whether…

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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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