Reducing Stigma and Standing up for the Truth–Even When It’s Hard

I recently wrote a piece for B Stigma-Free, a great new initiative that aims to–you guessed it–reduce stigma. Oftentimes I feel like I’m preaching to the choir when I write about how important mental health awareness is, and it’s in my day-to-day interactions with acquaintances and co-workers when I feel less confident in spreading the…

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How Can School Counselors Help Students with OCD?

May is Mental Health Month! Today on the Free Spirit Publishing blog I break down some common misconceptions about OCD and talk about why it’s so important for school counselors to understand what’s behind intrusive thoughts, which can often be very disturbing. If a student is struggling with sexual or violent obsessions, he may be too…

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Stomping Out Stigma at School

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. 

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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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OCD Twin Cities

You know how people say there’s some truth to every joke? Well, a few weeks ago the communications director at IOCDF mentioned that the president of the foundation’s Twin Cities chapter had moved, making it difficult to head up an affiliate in the city she didn’t even live in anymore. I wrote, “Maybe I should…

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