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My Setback… My Comeback

By Jeremy Golden All I remember seeing is red. I didn’t recognize the person in the mirror. We all have hinge moments in life. This was my hinge moment. My moment when I knew that anxiety and depression had taken its hold on me. The moment that everything I thought I knew about myself and […]

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Do College Athletes Suffer from OCD?

By Jason von Stietz, PhD (originally from www.cbtsocal.com) Although the stigma surrounding mental health is subsiding, it is still commonly believed that elite athletes must be as mentally healthy as they are physically fit. However, just as it would be ridiculous to assume that an athlete was incapable of breaking a bone or contracting a […]

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OCD Does NOT Improve Athletic Performance

How My Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Tried To Steal My Passion for Endurance Athletics by Katie O’Dunne 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 […]

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Cali Werner: You should do this because you love it

This interview was originally posted at iocdf.org/blog on February 28th, 2020, shortly before Cali Werner competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. 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 […]

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Tom Smalley: Struggle Is Not Weakness

by Tom Smalley 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 […]

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