Dale City Author Helps Others Overcome Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Using Peer Recovery Strategies

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental disorder that affects millions around the world and can destroy lives, families, and relationships. OCD can be particularly relentless when a person with the disorder is vulnerable. In the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, stressors such as financial hardship, strained relationships, sickness, death of loved ones, and social isolation continue to simmer in the background of modern life. For people with mental illnesses such as OCD, these experiences can create opportunities for symptoms to manifest and leave them feeling helpless and hopeless. But with resources and support, OCD is treatable.

In author Shannon Shy’s latest book, “Turning Points: Peer Support with a Strategy to Help Those Affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD),” he relies on both his personal experiences surviving OCD and his credentials as a certified peer recovery specialist to help others reach a point in their recovery in which OCD no longer adversely affects their lives. “Turning Points” includes exercises, practical tools, and real-life stories from those who have made significant strides in their OCD recovery journey.

“Taking nothing away from the multitude of professionals who treat patients with OCD and do a tremendous job doing so (I believe professional diagnosis and treatment is a must), those who come to me for peer support tell me unless you have OCD, you really do not and cannot know what the intense real emotional, mental, and physical pain feels like,” Shy wrote in the preface of “Turning Points.” “It is through this lens of personal experience, of having lived in the hell pit and figured out how to crawl out of the hell pit, that I offer my personal insight.”

Ultimately, Shy’s book provides a comforting approach that shares valuable information about the growing discipline of peer support, insight into how to build a recovery foundation, strategies for overcoming OCD, and encouraging tips for people with the disorder to help keep them motivated.

“This book will be invaluable not only to patients and family members, but also to clinicians,” Harvard Medical School Professor of Psychiatry Michael Jenike, M.D., wrote in the foreword of “Turning Points.” “Shannon himself was very ill with OCD and now is almost symptom free. This book offers NEW insights on OCD from someone who has been there and is now free, happy and helping others.”

“What a great book! Turning Points can help so many people,” a reader wrote in a five-star review of the book on Amazon. “If you are living with mental illness and are attempting to recover, I highly suggest you read it, no matter your diagnosis. If you are supporting someone with any mental illness, please read this book.”

Turning Points: Peer Support with a Strategy to Help Those Affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)” By Shannon Shy ISBN: 978-1-9822-6342-3 (sc) ISBN: 978-1-9822-6343-0 (hc) ISBN: 978-1-9822-6344-7 (e) Available through Balboa PressBarnes & Noble, and Amazon

About the author

Shannon Shy is a retired U.S. Marine who currently works as a civilian attorney for the Department of the Navy. A certified peer recovery specialist, he has written three books on overcoming OCD and provided peer support to hundreds of sufferers globally since 2016. Shy served on the Board of Directors for the International OCD Foundation from 2011 to 2018, when he resigned to go serve in Afghanistan as a civilian advisor. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children and two grandchildren and live in Dale City. To learn more, please connect with the author on Facebook and Twitter.



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