Two years ago, I blogged about my experience at the OCD Texas Conference in Austin. I am honored, once again, to have been invited to speak at this year’s OCD Texas Conference, located in San Antonio. Held in conjunction with International OCD Awareness Week (October 14- 20, 2013), this year’s gathering promises to be a truly special event. One of the most exciting features of the upcoming conference is the introduction of The OCD Book Festival, whose purpose is to raise awareness about OCD and related disorders as well as to educate the public and professionals.
For me, personally, this event will be especially exciting because I will be reading from my recently completed book, Continue On: A mother’s account of what hurt and what helped in her son’s recovery from severe OCD.
If you follow my blog, you likely know that my son Dan suffered from OCD so severe he couldn’t eat, and our family subsequently floundered and fought our way through a disorienting maze of treatments and programs, desperately trying to find the right help for our son. My book is a memoir of these years, culminating in Dan’s remarkable recovery .
I am fortunate to be collaborating with Dr. Seth Gillihan, who provides insightful, often eye-opening, commentary throughout the book. So in addition to being a story of triumph, hope, and the power of family, Continue On is also a useful guide for all those whose lives have been touched by OCD. Dr. Gillihan is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, and specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety and depression and related conditions. We are currently seeking suitable representation.
I encourage everyone to check out everything this amazing book festival has to offer (Continue On is listed in the “Shorts” category, as it has not yet been published). Be sure to take a look at the authors’ bios as well.
I’m excited about this wonderful opportunity to be part of the OCD Texas Conference once again, and am looking forward to sharing my story.