My OCD Story: Chapter 6 & Conclusion

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 JC Chapter 6: Life after treatment  Several years after extensive… Read more »

My OCD Story: Chapters 3-5

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 JC Chapter 3: High school and the never ending search… Read more »

My OCD Story: Chapters 1&2

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 JC Chapter 1: “Smells like fear” March 4th, 2020  It… Read more »

Present at the IOCDF Virtual Research Symposium

In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the IOCDF to transition all of our usual conference programming, including our annual pre-conference research symposium, to a virtual format. What began as a way to sustain the symposium in the face of pandemic-related cancellations became an exciting experiment that engaged a diverse international audience of scientists around… Read more »

Advancing Research on OCD among African-American Youth and Young Adults

by Henry A. Willis, MA Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is understudied among African-American/Black youth and young adults (Williams & Jahn, 2016). Black youth are also grossly underrepresented in treatment centers, clinical trials, and published research focused on OCD (Williams et al., 2012). Research suggests that although OCD is a persistent problem for Black youth relative… Read more »

The Army demanded perfection. Civilian life taught me to ERP.

by CTB I was a recovering perfectionist by the time I drafted into the army. I had chased perfection in high school, but in college I learned to slow down and enjoy the ride. I asked for extensions when I needed them and (gasp!) even submitted an assignment late, taking the penalty on my grade… Read more »

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 1, 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 OCD Conference is our largest event of the year, one which invites the entire OCD and related disorders community to come together to… 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 »