Increasing Access to Quality Care: The Use of Case Consultation Groups

By Patrick McGrath, PhD, & Charles Brady, PhD, ABPP This article was initially published in the Spring 2015 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  Dr. McGrath is President of OCD Midwest and is the Director of the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He is a… Read more »

Treating Co-Occurring OCD and Substance Use Disorder: What Professionals Need to Know

By Stacey C. Conroy, LCSW, MPH Stacey C. Conroy LCSW, MPH is the Supervisory Social Worker for Mental Health & Substance Abuse at the Richmond VA Medical and a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry for Virginia Commonwealth University. This article was initially published in the Spring 2016 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  Editor’s Note: This article… Read more »

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Social Security Disability Benefits

by Ram Meyyappan, Social Security Disability Help This article was initially published in the Winter 2014 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Social Security Disability Benefits If you suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the condition can make it very difficult to maintain full-time work activity. As many as 2 out… Read more »

Co-Occurring OCD and Substance Use Disorder: What the Research Tells Us

by Stacey Conroy, LCSW, MPH Stacey C. Conroy LCSW, MPH is the supervisory social worker for mental health & substance abuse at the Richmond VA Medical and a clinical instructor in psychiatry for Virginia Commonwealth University. This article was initially published in the Winter 2015 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  For those who live and… 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 »

Guide to Starting a Support Group

Are you interested in starting a support group? While support groups are not meant to be a substitute for individual therapy, they can serve as a great step in that direction, an important addition to therapy, or part of a relapse prevention plan. Peers can offer something different than a therapist, and this should not… Read more »

25 Tips for Succeeding in Your OCD Treatment

by Fred Penzel, PhD Psychologist/Executive Director; Western Suffolk Psychological Services IOCDF Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board Member This article was initially published in the Summer 2014 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  I originally wrote this list for my own patients, and then I realized it would be useful to others out there who are just… Read more »