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Spring 2014 Peace of Mind Quarterly

Thank you for the positive response to our new endeavor!

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter. We have changed the subscription of our newsletter from a monthly to a quarterly. We have been doing so many exciting things this past year, including translating the OCD Challenge website to several different languages and our organization is growing and growing. We have found it difficult to keep up with a monthly publication, and therefore will be moving to a quarterly publication. It is important to us to make the content of our newsletter relevant and helpful, and as such, we put a lot of effort and research into our articles. If you have any submission requests or suggestions, please contact us

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New Feature – Ask the Expert

Is there a question you have that you would like answered by an OCD expert?

Submit your questions to Please put “Ask the Expert” in the subject field. All questions are answered by licensed professionals. Questions will be published anonymously in the newsletter. Unfortunately, questions regarding medications cannot be answered.

Would you like to win this shirt?

Our friend Kevin Putman with Run OCD and Ping Pong for OCD designed these tee shirts to help raise awareness. To win this shirt, all you have to do is submit something for our newsletter! You can submit a poem or you can submit to our Advocate Spotlight. We have a limited supply of shirts, so don’t delay!

Scholarships Available

Peace of Mind has a limited number of scholarships available for the IOCF Conference. Please contact for more information, or to receive an application.

Living with OCD: A Guide to Healthy Boundaries and Family Mapping

Obsessive compulsive disorder can be debilitating, not only for the person who has it, but for their family members as well. Many adults suffering from OCD may be financially and physically dependent on family. Sometimes, OCD symptoms can keep a person from working and socializing outside the home. Depending on the level of severity, they may require help with many activities that most of us perform without a second thought. This increased reliance on family can cause conflict, and emotional and financial strain. This strain can affect the quality of life for OCD sufferers and their families.

To read more, click here.

For more information or resources, email

Advocate Spotlight: The Face of OCD

Danny Gassaway

Tulsa, OK

When I was diagnosed at 18 with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, doctors were still trying to figure out how to treat it. I fortunately had a doctor whom I saw in Oklahoma City which even though it was an hour and a half away from Tulsa, it was worth the drive. However, having severe panic attacks on almost every trip there made going to my doctor next to impossible. I lost him due to not being able to show up. I didn’t know what to do. Kids in school made fun of me for having the combination of OCD and panic attacks. No one knew what it was at the time. My mom thought it would be a good idea to teach me a new sport. I grew up playing sports but never knew how one sport could change my life. I started swimming. At first, it was ugly. 50 meters could have killed me. 50 meters then turned into 500 which then turned into several miles a time. The pool was the one place I was able to release all of my frustrations OCD gave me. In 2007 I swam outside all winter long in Oklahoma without a wetsuit to prove that anyone could do anything as long as they set their mind to it. This was my start to raising OCD awareness. On Aug 19 of 2012 I organized and directed the Tulsa Swim which was an open water race. There were over 50 participants in the 500 meter, 4k and 2k race. All net went towards the Peace of Mind Foundation.

To read the rest of Danny’s story, click here.

If you would like to send Danny a correspondence, please email

Advocate Spotlight: The Face of OCD features personal stories of triumph over OCD and person who are making a difference. If you are interested in sharing your story with us, please email

Exciting OCD Challenge updates

The OCD Challenge is now available in Español, Norwegian, and Portuguese.

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Are you interested in participating in OCD research?

Our mission is to help improve the quality of life for those who are affected by OCD through advocacy, education, research and support. Whether you have OCD, or you love someone who does, we are here for you.