BENEFITING: International OCD Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jun 04, 2016
Stewart Richards wrote -
The onset of my OCD occurred when I was 8 years old. I suffered in excruciating silence for many, many years. I was terrified and embarrassed to tell anyone about the irrational thoughts, fears, and anxiety that plagued me on a daily basis. It wasn't until 25 years later, in the fall of 2015, that I found the right treatment for my OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP).
ERP Therapy is most certainly the hardest thing I have ever done, but it truly is the key to gaining freedom from the shackles of OCD. While I am still in the early stages of recovery, I am light years ahead of where I was before ERP Therapy. OCD is something I will have for the rest of my life, but I now have the right tools and strategies to help me manage my disorder successfully!
Part of my recovery strategy involves becoming an advocate for others with OCD. It is so easy to suffer in silence with OCD, but no child or adult should ever have to suffer or be afraid to talk with someone. Raising awareness and ending the stigma surrounding OCD and anxiety disorders is crucial! This is why I have chosen to raise funds for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) by participating in the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Atlanta on June 4.
The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is an annual grassroots awareness-building and fundraising event which helps support the work of IOCDF. The mission of the IOCDF is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.
If you would like to support my fundraising efforts, please click the "Donate to this Fundraiser" button on the right side of the page. Your tax-deductible donation will allow the IOCDF to continue its mission of advocacy, research, and service to those with OCD and related disorders. Words cannot express my sincere appreciation for your support and willingness to donate to this extremely important cause!!
For more information on the IOCDF or to find an OCD treatment provider in your area, please go to www.iocdf.org.