OCD and the Changing Face of Media: An Inside Look at OCD in the News and on Social Media
For decades, OCD has been a subject of traditional media coverage—in news stories, television, and film. But in recent years, online platforms have greatly changed the landscape of mass communication. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, live streams, and webinars all offering instant access to vast audiences, the OCD community and those who comment on it now have numerous new ways to share their viewpoints, often without any filters. Is all this additional exposure helping raise OCD awareness? Is it propagating bad information and/or stereotypes? This panel aims to explore these questions and offer the perspectives of a longtime broadcast journalist, one of our community’s best-known advocates, and the IOCDF’s own communications manager.
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I was with the team when they were at Menninger and when they closed their doors. I’ve had OCD for the last 12 years of my life and before I went into treatment it had literally taken over every aspect of my life. Every move I made was consumed by OCD. The monster made me suffer with rechecking, reassurance seeking, confessions, contamination fears, sexual obsessions, hit and run fears and pretty much everything but hoarding and scrupulosity. It was extremely hard work, but I can now say I have a life back, when before I wasn’t even sure if I’d be living. They taught me the tools to live my life and keep my OCD manageable. The staff was truly amazing and literally saved my life. Although they will say that it was me who did the hard work, without their caring and kind hearts I would never have been able to do it.