Advocating for OCD on Twitter: Shira Folberg

Shira Folberg is a force to be reckoned with! When she tweets about mental health and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in particular, people pay attention. She’s also started a personal blog about her experiences with OCD as well as a series called Faces of OCD with the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Shira has gone through a…

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Harnessing the Power of ACT: Patricia Zurita Ona

When you talk to Patricia Zurita Ona—Dr.Z. to her patients—her passion for acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) comes through loud and clear. She has embraced this form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as a way for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to face their fears by focusing on what they value in life. Dr. Z. is…

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Made of Millions Founder: Aaron Harvey

When Aaron Harvey was finally diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in his thirties, he was relieved to have answers but frustrated it took so long to get them. Determined to shorten the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis, he set out to educate others about OCD, specifically intrusive thoughts. Now he’s expanded his scope…

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Founder of Huddle.care: Maggie Perry

Therapist Maggie Perry presented at the 2020 OCD Gamechangers, and it’s easy to see why: With her creation of Huddle.care, an innovative online therapy program, she is helping change the way individuals with OCD and anxiety get treatment. Feelings of isolation and shame don’t stand a chance against support from a therapist and peers who…

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Treating OCD Outside the Box: Christopher Schoenstedt

Today we’re getting insight from Christopher Schoenstedt, MA, an OCD therapist with a practice in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. (Currently, due to COVID-19, he’s only doing teletherapy.) Thank you, Christopher! How long have you treated OCD? I have treated OCD in different capacities for around five years. What led you to focus on anxiety, OCD, and panic?…

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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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Treating OCD With Brass Knuckles: Steven Phillipson

Today’s Q&A might read a little different to you, a little more casual—that’s because Dr. Steven Phillipson and I had a long phone call, and I didn’t follow my prepared questions to a tee. The conversation flowed as it needed to, and I learned just how dedicated he is to helping people with obsessive-compulsive disorder,…

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Showing Up With OCD and Anxiety: Bryan Piatt

After a long hiatus, Tuesday Q&A is back! I couldn’t be more honored to share some insight from my latest guest, someone I’m so lucky to call my friend, Bryan Piatt. Bryan and I met four years ago when his employer, KARE 11, assigned him to a story about an “ugly Christmas sweater” Target was…

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Residential Treatment for OCD: Anna Wetrosky

Happy Tuesday! Today we’re hearing from Anna Wetrosky, who’s graciously shared her experience with multiple diagnoses and residential treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anorexia. Anna is a generous volunteer with a local nonprofit and a strong person with a lot of insight to offer. Thank you, Anna! How long have you had OCD? And…

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