Posts By Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Jeff Szymanski, PhD, is the Executive Director of the International OCD Foundation and author of The Perfectionist’s Handbook. Dr. Szymanski, a clinical psychologist, previously worked at McLean Hospital’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI), a residential facility for individuals with severe and refractory OCD. Dr. Szymanski also has a long track record of teaching and training. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, he has supervised pre-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and has run Cognitive Behavior Therapy seminars.

Addressing ‘I’m so OCD’ in the COVID era

by IOCDF Executive Director Jeff Szymanski ‘I’m so OCD.’ Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a common phrase we heard both in our day-to-day lives and in the media. Those who misuse the term OCD rarely intend to do harm. However, by making light of an at times debilitating disorder, they are being dismissive… Read more »

In Memorium of Dr. Yaryura-Tobias, Pioneer in the Field of OCD Treatment

We were deeply saddened to hear of another loss to the OCD and related disorders community this past weekend. Dr. Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias, a long-standing professional member and an inaugural member of the IOCDF Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board (SCB), passed away on March 5, 2016. Dr. Yaryura-Tobias was a pioneer in OCD research and… Read more »

Guest Post: Hello From the New President of the IOCDF Board of Directors!

After last week’s announcement regarding leadership changes on the IOCDF’s board of directors, we’re excited to “formally” introduce incoming Board President Shannon Shy, Esq., on today’s blog! Shannon has been a welcome face at past IOCDF events, and previously served as the Board’s secretary. Below is his story and more on what he hopes to… Read more »

Tell Target: Should OCD really be a source of holiday cheer?

OCD can destroy lives without proper treatment. But that’s okay because the acronym is funny, edgy, and makes for great jokes on silly and cute holiday sweaters. Many individuals and organizations have shared their disappointment and frustration with a Christmas sweater available now in Target stores across the US that declares whoever wears it a… Read more »

In memoriam: Alies Muskin

The mental health community has lost one of its great leaders. Alies Muskin, executive director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), died of breast cancer on September 22, 2015. The International OCD Foundation joins ADAA in mourning her loss and recognizes her tireless efforts to promote awareness about the nature and treatment… Read more »

3rd Annual Hoarding Meeting Offers Resources, Support in Boston This Summer

Hoarding disorder (HD) presents a unique challenge because of how it impacts such a wide variety of individuals, agencies, and groups. As such, our goal at the IOCDF has been to continue to design and develop comprehensive resources that help support individuals with hoarding disorder while also addressing the family, community, and public impacts of HD. During the… Read more »