The 85 counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists at my agency are reading this web site.
Barbara O'Connor has written the definitive piece on OCD, the torturous cerebral affliction that has been a major problem in the lives of individuals, families, and the American workforce for countless years. Readers will find O'Connor's writing to be a clear English translation of customary medical language. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, like so many mental illnesses and psychological miseries, has been misunderstood as well as mysterious.
O'Connor explains and exposes the etiologies and treatments for OCD better than the average M.D. All kinds of physicians, psychotherapists and lay persons can learn from her exceptional web site. Read her own personal story for more useful information and bring kleenex as well as your sense of humor. Some of her anecdotal information will go through you like a spear.
If you find yourself or your loved one in her words, you will find help there too. Thank you, Barb, for your contribution to mental health and your commitment to alleviating suffering.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of After Counseling Agency
When my OCD became debilitating after the birth of my son, I didnít feel I would survive. I called a local hospital for help and they referred me to Barbís OCD support group being held there. Barb was my lifesaver; she was my raft in the ocean when I felt I was about to drown. She helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel and provided me with information and techniques to help keep the monster at bay. Without Barbís expertise and compassionate personality I believe I would still be suffering from this ugly disorder. She truly knows how to help people recover from OCD and I am so thankful I met her. ------Lisa D., Albany, NY, USA
I had the privilege of meeting Barbara O'Connor ten years ago when I was 42 years old. Up until then no one understood what I was feeling or diagnosed me correctly. She is not only the most knowledgeable person that I have ever talked to or read about in the field of OCD, but more importantly she knows what it is like to suffer with it. You cannot explain the pain of a headache to someone who has never had one. She knew more than the counselor, the psychiatrist and the M.D. that I sought help from. My M.D. even asked her for advice!The day I met her changed my life forever. I am now 98% OCD-free! Let her help you too. --Kathy D., Troy, NY