Proposal Deadline EXTENDED Due to Winter Storm in Boston

Good afternoon, As many of you know, the Annual OCD Conference proposal system was scheduled to close Monday, 2/2/15 at 5pm ET. However, due to the winter storm that we are currently experiencing in Boston, the IOCDF offices are closed today, and we have decided to push the proposal deadline to tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3 at 5pm… Read more »

What do you do when your parents don’t believe you have OCD?


In a recent Dear Abby column, a reader writes: I’m 13 and I’m afraid I may have OCD. I want to find out, but what’s standing in my way is that sometimes my parents think I make stuff up to get attention. While Abby’s advice for the reader to just overcome his or her fears and… Read more »

Apply to Speak at our Next OCD Conference in Boston

Presenting at the Annual OCD Conference

We are now accepting proposals for presentations, evening events, support groups, the Keynote Address, and research posters for our 22nd Annual OCD Conference to be held in Boston, MA, on July 30 – August 2, 2015. Our speakers and support group leaders are the backbone of our Conference. Help us make this year’s Conference our… Read more »

Introducing — A New Source of Hope for those Affected by BDD

Denis & Nathaniel

In 2012, Denis Asselin walked over 500 miles — or roughly one million steps — from his home in Cheyney, PA, to Boston, MA, in memory of his son Nathaniel. Nathaniel took his own life at just 24, after a long struggle with severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD. After Nathaniel’s death, Denis embarked… Read more »

This #GivingTuesday, Give the Gift of Hope to Someone with OCD


This past weekend, many of us participated in the excitement of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, when we hit the malls and surfed the web for the best deals so that we could give the perfect gift to someone we love. Typically, that time between Thanksgiving and the end of the year is often thought… Read more »

Don’t Shop Till You Drop — Skip the mall and help the IOCDF by shopping online!


Millions of shoppers will brave the crowds this Friday (and, for some Thanksgiving night!) for the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is followed by the relatively new tradition of Cyber Monday where… Read more »

2014 OCD Awareness Video Contest Winner


Drumroll, please… and the winner is: Melanie Lefebvre — Cooking up OCD Awareness #OCDWeek My video features me as a chef in a pretend cooking show, cooking up recipes for OCD awareness. I’m hoping to connect with people’s curiosity while highlighting types of OCD that the general population isn’t necessarily familiar with, such as harm… Read more »

#OCDweek Blog 5: Riley’s Wish — A mother’s loss, a son’s legacy, and a challenge for all of us


This blog post was originally published on October 16, 2014 on the From Adversity to Advocacy blog on Psychology Today. As readers of this blog know, I am a student of resilience — and more specifically, of resilience derived from advocacy in the face of adversity.  Over the past six weeks, my dear friend Margaret has taught me more about… Read more »

#OCDweek blog 4: The Pediatric Campaign for Hope


As we celebrate OCD Awareness Week this week (October 13–19, 2014), what better way to help raise awareness than to support programs that help kids and family all year long?  For the second year in a row, the IOCDF has been gifted with an incredible opportunity to help kids and young adults who are living… Read more »