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 and am certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. We started an online chat group for Mormons with OCD and a Facebook group called “Mormons with Anxiety and OCD Support Group.” 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.