The OCD Mormon is Kari Ferguson. I’m a Latter-day Saint woman, wife, and mom who has been struggling with OCD for over ten years, although I didn’t always realize or accept that was what it was. Finally acknowledging that I needed to get outside help allowed me to realize what I was actually up against. It was only then that I was finally able to make real progress in fighting the OCD. As a mental health advocate, I want to help remove the stigma and silence regarding mental illnesses in our faith and in our society.

I have a BS in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University and a masters degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in Communication, Culture and Society. I have taken courses from the Beck Institute in Essentials of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and CBT for Anxiety. I’ve taught communications courses at Utah Valley University, and my husband and I currently run a mental health focused events planning company called Mental Illness Matters.

When I’m not fighting stigma and stereotypes, I love listening to music (especially along the lines of Belle & Sebastian or Architecture in Helsinki), finding/eating a good spicy chicken sandwich or almond croissant, antique hunting, going to Target, and, of course, writing.

My book The OCD Mormon: Finding Healing and Hope in the Midst of Anxiety came out Sep. 12 on Cedar Fort.

You can also find me on The Mighty and LDS Living.