As Ali's mom, I know only too well the difficulties in obtaining quality, effective treatment for OCD. The options for treatment are limited and the options that are available are extremely expensive. It is no surprise why there are so many individuals battling OCD. I am hoping that the additional information that is provided surrounding OCD will result in more quality, affordable treatment options.
The lack of information and the stigma surrounding OCD creates a barrier around treatment. The general public has many false ideas regarding OCD and they think you can just stop the behavior. "Why can't you just walk away?" "Why can't you distract yourself and go do something different?" I myself have even said those words to Ali, not understanding the extreme and difficult battles raging within her. It has taken Ali months of intensive therapy to return back to simple daily activities and her life as a whole.
I am hopeful that this website will assist in getting additional and accurate information regarding OCD out to the general public; and as a result, creating more options for quality and affordable treatment.