TEAM CRAZY TRAIN UPDATE
May 19, 2016
BENEFITING: International OCD Foundation
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by Team Crazy Train's fundraiser page. We hope you enjoy your stay....and leave some money behind.
Team Crazy Train, is a group of my (Leslie's) friends and some family that will be walking in beautiful Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 4th at 10:00am as part of the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk (#1MILLION 4OCD) to raise awareness, hope, and funds to support the important programs of the International OCD Foundations (IOCDF) and their local affiliates. I have been volunteering with the IOCDF for the past six years. They've given me and other OCD sufferers the courage and strength it takes for us to fight our disorder whenever we need it. They've given us comfort in knowing we're not THAT weird and there are LOTS of us out there. AND they've given us hope that a cure is within reach.....here's where you come in. Team Crazy Train and I are determined to raise $3,000.00 for the IOCDF and we need YOU to help us do that.
I know money is tight everywhere. I know most of you live in NYC (the most expensive city in America, with Brooklyn right behind at #2), but I also know that you are good people. Yes, YOU. Reading this right now. YOU are a good person, who wants to do good things with their life. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! And all you have to do is sit in front of your computer and make a donation. Then you can go back to binge watching your favorite TV show, or cleaning baby spit up from your clothes, or sending yet another pointless work email and feel like you have actually made a difference in someone's life. BECAUSE YOU HAVE!
IT'S THAT EASY!
Whatever you can afford to part with would bring us that much closer to our goal. $1? $10? $100?? It doesn't matter, cause it all counts in the end.
You still don't think OCD is a serious mental illness? Huh. Interesting. I've gathered some facts about OCD , that I'm sure will convince you otherwise.
- Approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18- 54 suffers from OCD, which out ranks mental disorders such as: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or panic disorder.
- The age of onset of OCD is typically reported as 6 - 15 for males and 20 - 29 for females and is usually by the age of 40.
- OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions that take up at least an hour a day – but usually longer – and cause significant distress.
- Individuals who have OCD feel compelled to perform repetitive actions called compulsions, or rituals, in an attempt to relieve the distress caused by the obsessions.
- Although most people with OCD realize their obsessions are irrational, they believe the only way to relieve their anxiety or discomfort is to perform compulsions. Unfortunately, any relief provided by the compulsions is only temporary and ends up reinforcing the obsession, creating a gradually-worsening cycle of OCD behavior.
- Typically OCD and it's symptoms will worsen due to Stress, Illnesses and Fatigue.
- Current research reveals that the brains of individuals who have OCD function differently than the brains of those who do not.
- While there is no cure for the disorder, the most effective, evidence-based treatment for OCD is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). This treatment is recommended by nationally-recognized institutions such as the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School.
- CBT in conjunction with medication is the most effective treatment for some individuals with OCD. Medications can help lower the anxiety associated with obsessions and reduce the urge to perform compulsions.
Now is the time for us to break the stigma of mental illnesses! Life is hard people. There are way too many people out there suffering in silence because they can't afford treatment or are too ashamed to ask for help. DONATE NOW to Team Crazy Train's 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk and help the IOCDF continue the amazing work they have been doing since 1986!