About the Project

The People Behind the Effort

After 20 years of suffering in silence with undiagnosed OCD, Aaron Harvey turned to the internet for help. In his quest for answers, he noticed a lack of relatable online resources for people struggling with their mental health. What he found instead, were articles, videos and messages from people in the OCD community — sufferers just like himself who were seeking information and support. It was these contributions that saved his life and got him on the proper path to treatment.

In return for the help he found online, Aaron brought together medical experts, designers, videographers, writers, developers and advocates to create a resource that humanizes the symptoms of OCD, celebrates the bravery of the community and helps sufferers get the treatment they deserve. A year later, and Intrusive Thoughts was born.

This project is dedicated to the brave community of OCD sufferers, who despite the stigma surrounding this disorder, shared their stories online at a time when it was uncommon. It was your bravery on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, message forums, blogs and beyond, that led us to create an empowering and educational resource for sufferers everywhere. It is our belief, that the internet has the power to change the way we think about and treat mental illness. It is our mission with this site, to bring together sufferers, advocates, professionals and loved ones of people with OCD in order to save lives.

The Team

Aaron Harvey

Aaron Harvey

Board Member | Founder

Rose Bretécher

Rose Bretécher

Board Member | Director

Anastasia Kuznetsova

Anastasia Kuznetsova

Board Member | Director

Lauren O'Shaughnessy

Lauren O'Shaughnessy

Board Member | Director

Dr. Steven Phillipson

Dr. Steven Phillipson

Clinical Psychologist

Tom Awgul

Tom Awgul

Developer

Jana K. Hoffman

Jana K. Hoffman

Editor

Timmy Allen

Timmy Allen

Animation

Contributors

Dr. Jordan Levy

Dr. Jordan Levy

Licensed Psychologist

Alison Dotson

Alison Dotson

OCD Activist & Blogger

Jaycee Gossett

Jaycee Gossett

Health & Wellness Expert

David Gunderson

David Gunderson

Teacher

Jessica Hoffman

Jessica Hoffman

Artist

Jenn Trevino

Jenn Trevino

Personal Trainer & Dietician

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