Ocdtalk and Gratitude

 

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On December 18, 2010 I started this blog, determined to try to help others navigate the often turbulent – and terrifying – waters of obsessive-compulsive disorder. My family was just emerging from this ordeal ourselves and I felt that talking about my son’s journey through severe OCD could benefit others.

Still, I had my doubts. Who would want to hear my thoughts? I’m not a psychologist, and I don’t personally have OCD. But I took a leap of faith and decided to jump right in, propelled forward by the memories of how alone I felt when my son Dan was dealing with this horrible illness. If I had heard at least one story of hope back then, it would have made all of our suffering much more bearable. And now here I was – with a real story of hope. I had to share it.

The rest, as they say, is history.  The blog has reached more people than I ever thought possible. My book, Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery was published by Rowman & Littlefield in January 2015 and the paperback version followed in November 2017. I have been fortunate to speak all over the country and have been interviewed many times as well. It has been, and continues to be, incredibly rewarding.

As worthwhile and exciting as all of these events have been, what has been most gratifying to me over the years has been the individual connections I have made. From comments on my blog to personal emails, phone calls,  and meetings, it has been a privilege to be a part of all of your journeys.

I have been posting at least weekly since that very first entry back in 2010. It is time to step back a little. Ocdtalk is still alive and well, and I will still be sharing news and thoughts about OCD with you – just not as frequently as I have been. It will be a new chapter for ocdtalk. I will continue to write about OCD and other mental health topics for Psych Central.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have given me over the years. I am truly grateful and it is an honor to continue to be part of your lives.

 

 

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10 Responses to Ocdtalk and Gratitude

  1. Carol T says:

    Thank you for your work in bringing information and hope to those with OCD, and their families! I may not comment that often, but I do read most of your posts and greatly appreciate the information and encouragement.

  2. Thank YOU Janet…for all you have done and continue to do.
    Blessings to you and your family!
    Paul K

  3. Darnell Stewart says:

    Thank you very much for all your hard work helping us/me who suffer from OCD. You deserve a break, your post has given me strength to endure during your absence. Thank you again!

  4. Lena says:

    Thank you Janet for everything you did and still doing! Discovering your blog and reading igave us hope. Best for your and your family! Thank you!

  5. maryjeffers says:

    Hi Janet –

    I want to thank you for your kindness, wisdom and willingness to be available to so many who need that beacon of light you shine.

    I will never forget when my daughter was debilitated by this insidious monster and I googled OCD support while sobbing. Your name came up and I read your post. You had your email posted and I emailed you. It was around midnight PST and really didn’t even expect a response let alone for you to respond right then and there.

    Your kindness, ability to relate to our situation and encouragement to move forward was an invaluable connection!

    Thank you and here’s wishing you all the best in your new ventures in life ❤️

    Mary Jeffers

    Kindness

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