Tom Smalley accepting an award!

IOCDF Lead Advocate Tom Smalley wins three gold medals at USAW Competition

IOCDF Lead Advocate Tom Smalley just returned from the USA Weightlifting American Open Finals, where he won three gold medals. The IOCDF caught up with Tom to talk about his victories and the special category in which he competed. Read the full blog here.

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Expanding Your Support Team

Expanding your support team Talking about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be hard, especially with people who buy into the misconceptions surrounding the disorder or have no prior knowledge regarding how it impacts an individual. As a result, thinking about opening up to a loved one, friend, teammate, or coach can feel daunting, unpredictable, or […]

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For University/College Athletes

College is where people are said to “find themselves.” In college, students pave their way by gaining independence, determining their values, developing new interests, dreaming about the future, and taking steps towards a career. Although these young adults may feel prepared for college, it is a wakeup call for many. It can be their first […]

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Resources/finding the right therapist

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right therapist. In addition to the practical matters such as whether they accept your insurance, whether their office location is convenient for you, and so on, you also need to make sure that your new therapist is someone whom you will feel comfortable working with. Also, […]

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OCD and Medication for Athletes

OCD and medication for athletes   Dr. Janet Chen is double board certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She previously served as the Chief of Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan and the Medical Director of the […]

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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 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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Knock down OCD with Ginny Fuchs

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.

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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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Brandon Marshall Keynote from Online OCD Conference

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.

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Thomas Smalley Stretching an Athlete
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