Athlete Stories

Watch former NFL player Brandon Marshall's keynote address from our first-ever Online OCD Conference! Here, Brandon shares his story and offers up some inspiration for the OCD community.

Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale and Ginny Fuchs, Flyweight Boxer of USA and Team Captain of the Women's Olympic Team share their inspirational stories about fighting for your dreams despite OCD.

Cali Werner running a marathon

Cali Werner: You should do this because you love it

Cali Werner: You should do this because you love it Cali Werner is a marathon runner who will be participating in the 2020 U.S Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta this Saturday. She also has OCD and is a licensed family therapist at Houston OCD Program. Cali kindly talked to the IOCDF about her history with OCD and her running career shortly before shipping out to Atlanta for the race. Thank you to Cali for sharing your story and raising awareness! My parents started noticing OCD symptoms in me before I did. They say that as soon as I could talk ...
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IOCDF Lead Advocate Thomas Smalley Weight Training

Struggle Is Not Weakness

Struggle Is Not Weakness Shame was a consistent feeling I had regarding my mental health disorder growing up. After all, I was diagnosed at age 16 because I hid it from my friends and family for so long. The shame never came from my loved ones. The shame came from the society around me that had developed a stigmatic perspective of mental illness. The shame came from being called an "insane asylum patient" and being told to "take my crazy pills" by adults I thought I trusted. Between therapy and medication, treatment for OCD helped me cope with the mental ...
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OCD Does NOT Improve Athletic Performance

OCD Does NOT Improve Athletic Performance How My Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Tried To Steal My Passion for Endurance Athletics Worries - that is what my family called the thoughts in my head. In elementary school, I worried that if I didn't touch objects in a particular order or offer complete honesty, catastrophe would ensue. I confessed the tiniest moral imperfections, receiving reassurance that I was a good person. As I grew older, endurance athletics became an outlet for my untreated OCD. However, unlike articles you read where OCD leads to dedication that enriches athletic performance … my focus on the ...
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Cali Werner running a marathon
Runner about to start a race