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Archived Since:April 9, 2010

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This, too, is a Face of Mental Illness

Like most people, I am haunted by the chilling mug shot of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner. But I must confess this picture impacts me in another way that I suspect the average viewer wouldn't even consider--one that has nothing to do with the mug shot, itself, and everything to do with the label implicitly attached to it: mentally ill.

So there I was....

Chances are you haven’t heard of many of my favorite authors. None has written a blockbuster, nor even more than a single book. You might, in fact, have some trouble picking up a copy of their works at your local bookstore. But by providing...Show More Summary

The Many "Flavors" of OCD

If we can think of OCD as an ice cream parlor in which those of us with the disorder wind up, then we can think of the many OCD subtypes as the random ice cream flavors that land in our cones. Many of us have attempted to describe our...Show More Summary

Choosing Greater Good

I'm feeling exceptionally motivated at this moment, exhausted from a long day, anxious about having to come up with just the right words to convey what I hope to here, and yet ready to stay up all night at my computer if necessary to share with you a simple but profound motivation technique--the very same one that has me typing these words right now. Show More Summary

The Uncertainty Paradox

I know a secret--a deeply profound, life-changing secret--one learned through the school of hard knocks in one of its most grueling courses. It is nothing short of the very key to living with uncertainty, this secret. Okay. Here goes: The secret to living with uncertainty is...

Trapdoors in the Shadow of Doubt

Ever found yourself stuck in a state of uncertainty? It's a cold, dark place, this Shadow of Doubt, and getting out can be tricky. As those of us with OCD can attest to, there are some very alluring false exits all around you--trapdoors that only take you deeper into The Shadow.

The Doubt Bully

If you ask me, it doesn't take a brain scientist to understand OCD.Okay, technically speaking, it does; and even they--the top neuroscientists in the country--confess to being somewhat perplexed by the structural and functional anomalies of the OCD brain and the reasons for them. Show More Summary

What If?

What if I misspell a word? What if I write something that proves harmful to someone? What if the germs on my fingers somehow make their way onto my keyboard, through cyberspace, and onto the keyboards of countless readers who then contract some deadly disease I might be carrying?

Pssst, OCD Is NOT an Adjective

Dear Readers Without OCD, We in the OCD community have a gentle reminder we'd like to pass along, ever so respectfully: read more

One Million+ Steps for OCD Awareness

My friend Denis is taking a walk. A long walk. Hundreds and hundreds of miles, in fact. Like most of us, Denis Asselin walks for health. But he also walks for illness--the severe OCD and BDD that robbed him of his son. And he--and I--would like to challenge YOU to add your footsteps to his in the name of mental health advocacy. read more

A Hero's Journey

If OCD has ever kept you from chasing your dreams, you need to meet Carol. She hadn't left her hometown in nearly three decades. But the prospect of helping others with OCD, finding the perfect souvenir, and enjoying authentic Chicago deep dish pizza was enough to help her break free. Forever. read more

Turning Adversity into Advocacy

We've all heard the old adage: "We help ourselves by helping others." Turns out it's true. Experientially, empirically, the proof is there. And I'm determined to spread the word about the power of this process of turning adversity into advocacy through a National Call for A2A Stories. I hope YOU will answer that call! (Read more...) Primary Topic: Anxiety read more

Dare to Believe

OCD Awareness Week is almost here. And this year, the International OCD Foundation needs our help spreading a powerful new message. Read on to learn how YOU can give hope to countless people struggling with The Doubting Disease. Primary Topic: Anxiety read more

This, too, is a Face of Mental Illness

Like most people, I imagine, I am haunted by the chilling mug shot of Jared Loughner, the man accused of gunning down Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and so many others in Arizona. The crazed look in his eyes. The smirk that seems to convey utter disregard for the horrors he is alleged to have unleashed. Show More Summary

So there I was....

Chances are you haven't heard of some of my favorite authors: Jared Kant, Sarah Allen Benton, Lori Hope, Shannon Shy. None has written a blockbuster, nor even more than a single book. You might, in fact, have some trouble picking up a copy of their works at your local bookstore. Show More Summary

You've Got a Friend

I am just back from Washington, D.C., where for several days I had the pleasure of hanging out with hundreds of fellow OCD washers, checkers, counters, hoarders, and the like. Insert punch line here. [Oh, admit it, you've got something,...Show More Summary

The Many "Flavors" of OCD

If I asked all of you reading this blog to take a field trip with me to my favorite ice cream parlor, eat a cone randomly selected for you, and then describe your experiences, chances are we'd wind up with some very different reviews. Show More Summary

Pssst...OCD is NOT an Adjective

Dear Readers Without OCD,On behalf of the OCD community, I'd--Yikes! I can only imagine how pretentious that must sound. Who am I to speak on behalf of the OCD community? It's not as if we're some organized group (though I suppose many...Show More Summary

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