May 20, 2016
BENEFITING: International OCD Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jun 04, 2016
I will be walking on June 4, 2016 to help raise awareness about OCD. I was diagnosed with OCD in 2015 and struggled to find help for this illness after months of suffering. I am on the right path now with treatment and would like to spread the word - There is help out there, do not give up! ***A special thanks to my family, friends and especially my husband for their continued support. <3
Children and adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they can't seem to get out of their heads (obsessions), often compelling them to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines (compulsions) to try and ease their anxiety.
Most people who have OCD are aware that their obsessions and compulsions are irrational, yet they feel powerless to stop them.
Some spend hours at a time performing complicated rituals involving hand-washing, counting, or checking to ward off persistent, unwelcome thoughts, feelings, or images.
These can interfere with a person's normal routine, schoolwork, job, family, or social activities. Several hours every day may be spent focusing on obsessive thoughts and performing seemingly senseless rituals. Trying to concentrate on daily activities may be difficult.
Left untreated, OCD can interfere with all aspects of life.
You can find more information about OCD at https://iocdf.org/