Life with OCD on Instagram – 5 OCD Instagram Accounts to Follow Now
by Leah Alexandra Goldstein
OC87 Recovery Diaries @oc87rd
Back in 1987, Bud Clayman was having a challenging time with OCD. With his therapist, he coined the moniker “OC87” to describe a turning point with his mental health. Years later, Buddy co-directed a documentary about his recovery journey called OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie. At screenings around the world, people shared their own stories of mental health, recovery, and change. In 2013, the website OC87 Recovery Diaries was established as a platform to share stories by and for people living with mental health challenges. While our Instagram feed shares content on a range of diagnoses, it’s a great feed to connect with first person essays, short films, interviews, and reviews related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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Solomé Tibebu @solome33
A regular on Twitter, Solomé is newer to the Instagram platform as she shares that, “There is no health without mental health.” After a childhood of panic attacks and OCD, she recently founded a mental health startup called anxietyinteens.org to share resources that weren’t available to her while growing up. Solomé’s Instagram feed is a beautiful mix of travel, food, and work photos, as she shares about her own mental health recovery and the unfolding outreach of her new organization.
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Elizabeth McIngvale @emcingvale
This OCD Instagram feed is comprised of intimate family photos, heartfelt captions about mental health awareness, and a lightheartedness that makes Elizabeth easy to approach as a friend and resource online. Elizabeth’s bio states that she’s, “Speaking truth and refusing to hide. On a daily mission to be a voice for the voiceless.” Her Instagram community is new and growing, and a sweet place to make friends in the comments and connect with other people living with OCD, and friends and family of people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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The OCD Bee @theocdbee
The OCD Bee describes itself as, “The hive of information, support and awareness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.” Sometimes the the posts on this Instagram OCD feed are short, inspirational quotes. Other times, the page’s moderator will write longer mini-essays on life with OCD, which garner lots of conversation and connections in the comment section. Following this account will add visual value to your Instagram feed, and keep a positive perspective on OCD recovery.
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Catlin A. Palmer, LMSW @flowmentum_movement
Posting quotes, cartoons, memes, and selfies, Catlin A. Palmer shares honestly and easily about his life with OCD and addiction recovery on Instagram. As a mental health advocate, Catlin favors in-person events and shares about opportunities to meet him and come together with community members to make connections and bust mental health stigma. Give this OCD Instagram account a follow for passionate, real talk on mental health issues and updates on Catlin’s blog and website focused on OCD recovery.
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