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Sunday, July 20 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
I am Not OCD: Reducing Stigma and Confronting Common Misconceptions

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People with OCD know it’s not a set of quirky character traits, but what about everyone else? Media showcases the more obvious side of OCD, like hand-washing and checking rituals, and people tend to think that being clean or color-coding their books makes them “so OCD.” These common misconceptions can make people with OCD feel ashamed and embarrassed about the severity and nature of their obsessions or compulsions, leading them to keep the disorder hidden. But, reaching out and sharing our stories can help us get beyond our diagnosis and lead fuller, richer lives. Presenters will discuss their personal struggles with the shame and guilt of OCD, and how they learned to stand confidently in their diagnosis. 

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Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson is the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life. She was diagnosed with OCD at age 26, after suffering from "taboo" obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional bad thoughts, but she knows how to deal with them in healthy ways. Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Alison has also spoken about her experiences... Read More →

Sunday July 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Brentwood, California Level

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