There are many of us who want to share our story with others in order to help provide hope, inspiration, and help. Please find some videos here on how to share your story along with some amazing testimonials of OCD advocates.

 

 

 

Videos: Sharing your story

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Throstur Bjorgvinsson, PhD, ABPP, explains the importance and significance of being involved with the OCD community by attending or creating support groups and other events. He has observed that people who are involved in the community tend to do well in therapy as well.

Dr. McIngvale talks about sharing your story, making a difference, ending the stigma, that you're never alone, and there is purpose for the pain.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a treatable neurobiological disorder characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions/rituals) such as counting, checking, praying, and cleaning. These compulsions are performed in an effort to relieve the anxiety caused by the obsessions. OCD obsessions and compulsions can be extremely time-consuming causing significant emotional distress, and may greatly interfere with day-to-day functioning and interpersonal relationships.

Dr. McIngvale wants to challenge you to share your story. It may seem scary but well worth the positive impact you will have on others.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a treatable neurobiological disorder characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions/rituals) such as counting, checking, praying, and cleaning. These compulsions are performed in an effort to relieve the anxiety caused by the obsessions. OCD obsessions and compulsions can be extremely time-consuming causing significant emotional distress, and may greatly interfere with day-to-day functioning and interpersonal relationships.

The Peace of Mind Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help improve the quality of life of OCD sufferers and caregivers through education, research, support, and advocacy. Founded by the Linda and Jim McIngvale family at the request of their daughter Elizabeth. The Foundation created and fully subsidizes the OCD Challenge, a free online self-help website for individuals suffering from OCD.

Jeff Bell shares his powerful personal testimony with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Jeff Bell’s earliest memories are of what he now knows to be compulsive checking. But with OCD not yet part of the national dialogue in those days, neither Jeff nor his parents realized he was battling a treatable disorder. For whatever combination of reasons, Jeff’s OCD all but disappeared during his high school and college years; but in the early 1990’s (with Jeff in his late 20’s), it returned with a vengeance. Soon, Jeff was living an exhausting double-life as a very public news anchor secretly consumed by a long list of checking and washing rituals. Twice he reached out for help, only to be misdiagnosed. Eventually discovering his challenge in a book about OCD, Jeff began getting treatment in 1993 but struggled to stay motivated. By the summer of 1997, he was at his wits’ end. Out of desperation one night, he found himself making a bargain with the universe he thought he’d never have to keep. “Show me how to turn around this crazy life,” he muttered, “and I’ll share my story with anyone who will listen.”

Ethan Smith, OCD advocate, shares his story about living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Chris Trondsen, OCD advocate, shares his story about his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale gives encouragement for those that feel shame or guilt around their OCD. Once you start opening up about your OCD, you will discover meaning and purpose behind the pain. Sharing your story can change someone's life.