In episode 70 I talk with Jeff Szymanski and Ethan Smith of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). Jeff is the executive director of the charity and clinical psychologist. Ethan is an ambassador for the charity and a professional Writer/Director/Producer/Actor. This interview is one of a three part series of OCD charities. The goal is to find out more about what services they have, and how you can get involved.

Ethan and Jeff IOCDF

Picture credit: Alison Dotson

We talk about stigma and how to break it down, the charity, the services the IOCDF offer, the term OCDvocate, their annual OCD conference, finding the right therapist and how you can get involved. Enjoy!

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Show notes:

Ethan and Jeff’s stories (2:50)

The IOCDF (5:00)

Stigma (8:30)

The IOCDF’s services (11:15)

How to support the IOCDF (20:30)

Jeff and Ethan’s one piece of advice (28:30)

Advice for living an amazing life (30:40)

Find out more about the IOCDF:

The International OCD Foundation –

IOCDF Affiliates 

IOCDF global partners

Checklist for finding the right therapist – here >


Become a member


Jeff’s book “The Perfectionist’s Handbook” (

Jeff Bell and Shala Nicely

The OCD Stories book >>


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Stuart and The OCD Stories team

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