OCD Awareness Week: how you can participate and support

October 13-19 is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) awareness week. Join us this week by showing some support to the 1 in 40 U.S. adults who live with OCD (maybe even sharing your own story to help reduce stigma) and learning more about the disorder so you can recognize the symptoms in yourself or your loved ones and find treatment.

If you’re not familiar with OCD, it’s a disorder characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors like counting or cleaning. On average, it takes about nine years for an OCD sufferer to get the proper diagnosis and treatment for their disorder.

This week, we’re following along with the Peace of Mind Foundation’s OCD awareness week challenges. Each day this week, the foundation (whose mission is to improve the quality of life for OCD sufferers and caregivers) suggests a new way to spread awareness of OCD that we can all participate in!

Today’s challenge is to watch and share an OCD or related disorder educational video that has been helpful to you. Here at Nano, we agreed that the below video about the difference between helping and enabling someone with OCD is worth a watch – it’s geared towards parents of children who have OCD, but we think the message can apply to anyone struggling with OCD who you want to support. 

Follow along with us this week on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and visit the Peace of Mind Foundation website for more information about OCD awareness and education!