Four years ago I gingerly posted my first blog entry. I knew I needed to tell my family’s story with the hope of helping others, but beyond that, I had no idea, or expectation, of what was to come.
Fast forward four years. I’ve have the good fortune of being published on many other sites, and still write monthly for Psych Central and Mentalhelp.net. I’ve also been an invited speaker at OCD conferences.
I have met amazing people, both in person and virtually, who have shared their stories; some of hope and triumph, and others of frustration, torment, and despair. I am inspired by each of them.
One of my posts led to the creation of the OCD Network to Recovery, which facilitates connections between those in the throes of OCD with those who have successfully completed exposure and response (ERP) prevention therapy.
My book, Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery, will be available in less than a month, and there are already several events planned after its arrival (more on that in a future post). Dr. Seth Gillihan (my co-author) and I met through ocdtalk.
With the upcoming publication of my book, some people have asked if I will continue to blog. The answer is a resounding YES! The reason for this answer is simple: There are still people with obsessive-compulsive disorder who are suffering, families who feel alone and don’t know where to turn, and health care providers who aren’t aware of the proper therapy for OCD. There is still a lack of understanding among the general public as to what OCD really is. Those of us who have first-hand knowledge as to how devastating an illness OCD can be have the potential to inform, educate, and help others.
Of course, the success of ocdtalk and the opportunities afforded me have only materialized because of you, all my readers, who read, comment on, and support my blog. Thank you for all of your encouragement along the way. I am grateful for each and every one of you and hope you will continue to follow ocdtalk wherever our journey may lead.
Congratulations on all counts, Janet. This is wonderful. We have a great individual bookstore in Nashville owned by an author, if you decide to do a bookshop here and many in the OCD community I believe would embrace you and your book. I hope you will let me know if you come to speak at Parnassus Books. With all best regards, Lorre
Thank you, Lorre. I’ve never been to Nashville (except the airport, does that count? :)) and would love to speak in as many places as possible, budget permitting. I will certainly keep you posted if I can make my way down to you!
Happy Birthday!!!! I’m so grateful to have been following you!
Thanks so much Kristen!
I am just so grateful i found you. Xxx
Thank you Ava. I wish you all the best in 2015.
Happy 4th birthday on this special day! 😉
Keep up the good work and I wish you all good things and much success with the book.
Thanks, Ellen. And thanks for all YOUR support along the way!
Thank you for helping those who have hidden and are trying to cope.
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You’re welcome, and I hope some day in the near future, no one will feel the need to hide.
Happy Blog Birthday! You and your blog have been a blessing to me. I appreciate all you do for “the cause.”
Thank you so much, Tina. I feel the same way about your blog!
Congratulations for 4 years of your fine blog! I’m a fan and refer my patients to it.
Thank you for your kind words, Dr. Hyman. It means so much to me to have the support of someone as well-known and well-respected as you.
Congratulations on the 4-year mark, Janet! I appreciate the fine work you do and am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with you. I look forward to seeing where the coming months and years take you!
Thanks so much, Seth. I’m grateful to have connected with you as well, and look forward to an exciting 2015!
Happy birthday, OCDTalk! We are so blessed by you, Janet.
Thank you so much, Jackie. Wishing you and all your loved ones a happy holiday season.
Janet, congratulations on 4 years of blogging – you have a great site and I’m so pleased we have ‘met’ as a result. Good luck with the book! – I’m looking forward to reading it.
I’m glad we “met” as well, Helen! Wishing you all the best in 2015!
I could not be more grateful to you for all you do for us as parents. When I get lonely, isolated and frustrated I turn to your blog and it helps a lot.
Thanks so much for your kind words, Lynn. They mean so much to me. Wishing you and your family all the best for 2015.