It was early. 5:30 a.m. early, and my best friend, Kim Vincenty, pulled into the driveway. We were judging an art show in Fernandina Beach, Florida, for the Shrimp Festival, and I was on my dark front porch with a broom, sweeping the detritus from the live oaks (which, in my defense, drop leaves, pollen pods, and acorns continuously). Kim rolled down her window and said casually, "Putting order...
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OCD the “Big Monster” with Steve Williams
Oct 19, 2022
Steve Williams is telling a story. He says it is a perfect example of how OCD was a "big monster" in his head. Kim Vincenty, Steve Williams and I are on a Zoom call to reconnect and reflect on how we've come full circle. Twenty years ago, Kim and I owned Spiller...
Nature’s Remedy for Mental Health
Oct 15, 2022
It was early. 5:30 a.m. early, and my best friend, Kim Vincenty, pulled into the driveway. We were judging an art show in Fernandina Beach, Florida, for the Shrimp Festival, and I was on my dark front porch with a broom, sweeping the detritus from the live oaks...
Invisible Support for OCD
Oct 6, 2022
In the months after my son’s OCD diagnosis, I was often called to school for meetings with teachers, school counselors, and administrators. Things were getting rough, but everyone was trying their best to help get Jack through the sixth grade. On one such occasion, I...
Dr. Julie McKay: Supporting Jacksonville’s Unhoused with OCD
Sep 15, 2022
Originally published as an "Opinion" in The Florida Times Union I glanced at the clock hanging in the hallway. Only three more patients to go before the lunch break. I desperately needed my daily dash to the safety of my Covid-free car, so I could rip off my...
OCD Story from Summer Contreras
Jul 18, 2022
Living With OCD Those who know me well (or even as an acquaintance) quickly learn that I live with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I think this is because I talk about it openly. But also, because my suffering from this illness can be obvious, intense, and...
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