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Saturday, July 30 • 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Multiple Perspectives on Taboo Intrusive Thoughts: Q&A With Former Sufferers

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Taboo obsessions are called “taboo” for a reason – they embarrass those who suffer from them, causing them to hide their pain in shame, sometimes for decades. Their fear of being judged and ostracized keeps them silent, often until they finally understand that the thoughts can be treated under the diagnosis of OCD. Panel participants have all struggled with taboo thoughts and managed to largely overcome them – but not without some confusion and pitfalls along the way. They'll share their personal stories as well as their strategies for success, and will take questions from the audience.

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Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson is the author of Being Me with OCD: How I Learned to Obsess Less and Live My Life. She was diagnosed with OCD at age 26, after suffering from "taboo" obsessions for more than a decade. Today, she still has occasional bad thoughts, but she knows how to deal with them in healthy ways. Alison is the president of OCD Twin Cities, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Alison has also spoken about her experiences... Read More →

Chrissie Hodges

Chrissie Hodges lives successfully with Pure OCD/Intrusive thoughts. Chrissie is a mental health advocate and public speaker on Pure OCD, stigma reduction, and suicide prevention. Chrissie works as a Peer Support Specialist at Behavioral Healthcare Inc. and Ft. Logan Institute in Denver, CO. She is a trainer for Colorado Certified Peer Specialists training. She hosts a weekly radio podcast, "˜Mental Illness Matters' featuring... Read More →
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Sean Shinnock

Sean has had severe OCD comorbid with depression and anxiety for over 25 years, but wasn't officially diagnosed with OCD until he was 32 in 2012. He first started receiving proper treatment for OCD in 2012 which in turn inspired him to start his journey of personal growth and eventually move from Columbus Ohio to Boston in 2014. He has benefited greatly from ACT and Mindfulness therapeutic methods along with the standard ERP and CBT... Read More →

Saturday July 30, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Salon II, 7th Floor