Jeff Bell's frank and forthright message recounts the depths to which his debilitating anxiety disorder reduced him - to driving his car in continuous circles, scouring his hands in scalding water, and endlessly rewinding, replaying, and repeating in his head even the most mundane daily experiences. Such was the case for Jeff, a husband, father, and highly successful radio news anchor - and one of the millions of Americans living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Attendees will learn what OCD feels like from the inside, and how healing from such a devastating condition is possible through therapy, determination, and the support of loved ones.
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Jeff Bell is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and radio news anchor. His two books, REWIND, REPLAY, REPEAT (Hazelden/2007) and WHEN IN DOUBT, MAKE BELIEF (New World Library/2009), have established Bell as a leading authority on mental health and motivation. Since RRR's publication, Bell has traveled extensively across the United States, becoming a sought-after keynote speaker and a national spokesperson for both Mental Health America's RealLives program and the International OCD Foundation. He is a recipient of MHA's prestigious ForWARDS Award for "moving the cause of mental health forward," and his Psychology Today blog draws thousands of readers with every post.
Bell's inspiring personal story has attracted the attention of The Wall Street Journal, CNN, CBS, PBS, NPR, Psychology Today, DETAILS Magazine, and The New York Times, for which he was commissioned to write a feature that ran internationally in 2008. He has appeared on more than 50 television and radio programs in cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Boston.
Bell is a 20-year veteran of radio and television news and currently co-anchors the afternoon news at KCBS Radio, the CBS Network's San Francisco flagship and one of the nation's most respected and successful radio news operations.
As a mental health speaker, moderator, and event fundraiser, Bell draws not only on his extensive media background, but also on a wealth of hard-earned experience battling with, and recovering from, the so-called "doubting disease." Through his engaging and often humorous storytelling, he offers audiences a unique, powerful, and insightful perspective on mental health challenges and the motivation required to confront them. In recent years, Bell has shared event stages with such luminaries as Patty Duke, Sanjay Gupta, Mehmet Oz, Kay Redfield Jamison, and Joe Pantoliano; and his keynotes, presentations, workshops, and fundraisers regularly draw rave reviews.
Bell holds a master's degree in business administration, and a bachelor's degree in engineering. He and his family live in the San Francisco Bay Area.