At the age of thirteen, Elizabeth McIngvale was diagnosed with OCD so severe her parents were told it was 'untreatable.' Cognitive behavioral therapy helped Elizabeth defy that early prognosis and today she is living a manageable life. She received her master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and is currently a PhD student at the University of Houston. Elizabeth is the founder of The Peace of Mind Foundation, the first national spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation, a skilled public speaker, and highly sought after guest for national television and radio programs. Elizabeth believes that no one with OCD should suffer in silence and works daily to make adequate care available to all living with the illness. Elizabeth and her family have recently launched ocdchallenge.org which is an interactive self-help website for those living with OCD. Through advocacy and public campaigns Elizabeth hopes to stamp out the stigma associated with mental illness.