Alexandra, Michael and I had such an amazing experience attending the convention in Chicago! I learned so much, my head is still spinning, thinking, analyzing, empathizing and planning for next years Annual IOCDF Convention in Atlanta!
After corresponding for so long over the internet, Janet and I were FINALLY able to meet during the convention. I was honored to be in the company of such a highly respected and dedicated OCD advocate and fellow adoring mother to an OCD sufferer. She, like I, are committed to raising OCD awareness the world over, one step at a time!
Well, I arrived home after midnight last night, totally exhausted, my mind full of so much new information. My first International OCD Conference was a resounding success, and I hope to share some of what I’ve learned in some upcoming posts. The sessions I chose to attend ranged from various introductory talks regarding different aspects of OCD to advanced ones geared toward therapists and researchers. I took something valuable away from each seminar.
It was outside of these talks, however, that I learned the most. Connecting with sufferers and their loved ones, and hearing individual stories as opposed to theories, is what impacted me most. Stories of torment, heartache and loss, as well as those filled with hope, and even humor, touched me deeply. Though there were people there from all walks of life, we shared a common bond; the fight against obsessive-compulsive disorder.
As I said before, a unique…
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