Diversity Advisory Council Research Subcommittee responds to National Institute of Mental Health Request for Information

by Martha J. Falkenstein, PhD, Alberto Collazzoni, PhD, and Matthew Riello, BA In Fall 2020, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) sought a request for information on identifying research priority areas to improve the mental health outcomes of Americans from minority and health disparities populations. The chairs of the IOCDF Diversity Advisory Council (DAC)… Read more »

Be a presenter at the 2021 IOCDF Virtual Event Series

Accepting proposals through Monday, February 2, 2021! As we gear up for the new year, the IOCDF is already beginning to plan for our live and online events in 2021! Though the Annual Conference is our largest event of the year, one which invites the entire OCD and related disorders community to come together to learn… Read more »

Register for the online OCD Camp for Kids and Families!

Hello friends! Every year at our Annual OCD Conference, I ask to help out in the “littles” room, where we plan a camp environment each year for kids aged 4–10. It’s always an exciting room, because many kids are newly diagnosed. There is always a ton of excitement as the kids meet each other, and… Read more »

Tips for Living with Hoarding during the Holidays

It’s the holiday season, and Christmas is fast approaching. If you struggle with hoarding behaviors then you might find this time of year to not only be exciting, but also quite challenging.  Hoarding disorder (HD), recognized since 2013 as its own condition rather than a subtype of OCD, is a problem that afflicts millions of… Read more »

2021 Research Grant Program Call for Proposals

The International OCD Foundation is pleased to announce that we will once again be offering research grants to scientists investigating OCD and related disorders. Over $750,000 in total research funding will be awarded in 2021 through a competitive process. Applications from researchers will be accepted beginning January 4, 2021, with a deadline of March 1,… Read more »

Let’s put an end to “Obsessive Christmas Disorder”

by Thomas Smalley, IOCDF Lead Advocate The holiday season is one for joy, celebration, and good vibes. Unfortunately, walking into a Target department store last year, that joy was ripped away in an instant. On full display was the ugly Christmas sweater section right when I walked in. The one that immediately caught my attention… Read more »

2020 Mom Partnership

Gaps in Maternal OCD Being Addressed Through New Partnership Perinatal OCD is a relatively common maternal mental health condition, impacting up to 5% of those who are pregnant and postpartum; yet symptoms, like intrusive thoughts, often confuse patients and providers alike. To bring this conversation to the forefront, 2020 Mom and the International OCD Foundation… Read more »

As 2020 OCD Awareness Week concludes, we leave you with a message regarding advocacy.

What is advocacy? It is defined as ‘public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.’ Many individuals in the OCD community believe that to be an advocate, they have to publicly share their story about OCD in a large forum, including opening up about personal details. However, OCD Awareness Week is designed… Read more »

From Struggle to Success: My BDD Journey from Childhood to Today

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post contains discussion of topics that may be upsetting, including suicide. Please take care of yourself as you read this article. If you are in crisis, know that help is only a call or click away at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. by Chris Trondsen Recently, I went through a box filled with… Read more »