Mental Illness Robbed my Childhood but not my Life: Lessons From my Lifelong Battle With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LMSW, is an assistant professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. She is also the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also known as OCD. Dr. McIngvale was diagnosed with OCD at 12 and underwent treatment which included both inpatient and outpatient therapy. Dr. McIngvale has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with a mental illness. She is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and a licensed therapist in Texas.

In this 6-part video series, Dr. McIngvale discusses OCD from her unique position as a patient and a psychologist.

The learning objectives for this 6-part video include understanding:

  • The diagnostic criteria/basic principles of OCD and appropriate treatment.
  • The impact of stigma and low access to appropriate mental health treatment.
  • The importance of support in treatment.
  • The importance of relapse prevention and advocacy.

Dr. McIngvale was recorded during her keynote presentation at Claritycon2017, hosted by Clarity Child Guidance Center, on Friday, June 16, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

*Note: You must be able to access YouTube to view these videos. Some organizations limit access to this video-sharing website.

  • Claritycon is Clarity Child Guidance Center’s annual summit on children’s mental health. Created in 2013, this conference equips educators, therapists, physicians, social workers, childcare workers, and community members with important children’s mental health information.

The opinions, representations and statements made within this guest article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of One in Five Minds or Clarity Child Guidance Center. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. One in Five Minds and Clarity Child Guidance Center accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

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