Tim Blue and I met the way I’ve met so many of my incredible “OCD friends”—at the national conference the International OCD Foundation puts on every summer. (Seriously, you should go!) He’s such a nice guy, and we have a lot in common, which is always refreshing. In fact, that’s kind of the idea behind…Read More
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What Is Reassurance, and What Exactly Is Wrong With It?
Reassurance. It has such a nice ring to it. And in many ways it is nice. If you feel lonely, your best friend might reassure you that she’ll always be there for you. If you think you’re doing poorly in a class, your teacher might reassure you that you’re doing well and that trying your hardest matters,…Read More
Dealing with Misconceptions on the Internet
I can be really outspoken on divisive issues. I often find myself way too caught up in the comments section of some article about a politician or sparring with someone on Facebook over sexual inequality (and my husband always says, “Why do you do this to yourself? You’re never going to change this person’s mind.”).…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
OCD, Depression, and Suicide: There Is Hope
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
Do I Still Have OCD?
Seems like a silly question, huh? I have this blog about OCD, my book is coming out soon, I’m the newly minted president of OCD Twin Cities…But I considered it a question worth exploring. Read my latest blog post for the International OCD Foundation and weigh in in the comments section.Read More
OCD on the Radio
Today I had the immense pleasure of chatting with Chrissie Hodges on her show The Stigma of Mental Illness Radio. We realized over the course of the show how much we have in common and that we’re OCD kindred spirits. For years and years I felt completely alone with my obsessions, and lately I’ve come…Read More