“Hope Is on Your Side”:
A Motivational Journal for Those Affected by Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
By Shannon Shy


Push through the doubt. Push through the anxiety. “Ground Rules and Checkpoints” to completely overcome OCD. Shannon described his victory over OCD in a personal memoir in 2009 and has continued his worldwide outreach ever since. Hope Is on Your Side is a yearlong motivational journal designed to help those affected by OCD (sufferers, family members, friends, and mental health professionals) and other adversities so they can understand they are not alone in their struggle and that there is hope. The daily inspirations, motivations, and insights provide a sense of comfort, confidence, understanding, and resolve. Hope is on Your Side has one other unique, life-changing aspect to it, every seventh day, Shannon challenges us to set a weekly goal and to plan two meaningful steps to accomplish the goal.

Shannon Shy is an attorney, a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, an author, and a motivational speaker. A member of the Board of Directors for the International OCD Foundation and an OCD advocate with the Adversity to Advocacy (A2A) Alliance, Shy writes and speaks about his personal experiences in overcoming OCD. In addition to Hope is on Your Side, Shy has authored “It’ll be Okay”: How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life (Authorhouse 2009) and “Dad, I Love You All the Way to God and Back”: Observations from a Five-Year Old and Five Pledges for Dads (Authorhouse 2011). Born and raised in the St. Louis metro area, Shannon graduated from Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) School of Law. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children, Alex (21), Andrew (17), and Samantha (8) and live in northern Virginia.

“It’ll be Okay.”:
How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life

By Shannon Shy


Keynote Speaker, 2010 International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) Annual Conference and Member IOCDF Speakers Bureau.  Shannon Shy is an attorney and a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel. In 1997, while on active duty with the Marines, he was diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder or “OCD.” His OCD had become so severe he became practically non-functioning. He constantly found himself in a seemingly endless loop of intrusive and irrational thoughts, mental anguish, physical pain, and odd behaviors. It got to the point where he secretly and repeatedly thought that suicide would be better than the anguish, embarrassment, and the pain. While he had suspected for several years that he had some disorder, he was afraid to admit it to anyone and afraid to be diagnosed. He had concluded that doing so would cause him to lose his career and his wife and two young sons. Finally, after some nudging from his wife and a colleague and after one very memorable OCD episode, he called a psychiatrist. With the aid of doctors, medication, and behavioral therapy, he developed an effective behavioral strategy (what he calls “Ground Rules and Checkpoints”) to manage his OCD. He now lives a very happy and productive life and has for many years–without medication and without doctors. OCD no longer adversely affects him. This book is about how a young Marine officer, attorney, and family man faced and overcame a relentless “enemy” called OCD. It is a story about struggle, perseverance, and overcoming adversity. This book is not intended as medical advice. Rather, it provides hope, comfort, confidence and insight to some practical techniques for those suffering from OCD and for those trying to help someone with OCD.

“Dad, I Love You All the Way to God and Back”
Observations From a Five-Year Old & 5 Pledges for Dads
By Shannon Shy



This book is a compilation of humorous, insightful and touching comments made by a little girl named Sammie when she was five years old. The book also contains five foundational “Relationship-Building Pledges” for those privileged to have the title “Dad.” The pledges are designed to prompt the “Dads” of the world to think about their relationship with their children and to take affirmative steps to build or improve that relationship. This book will warm your heart, make you think, and quite possibly change your life.