We are deeply saddened about the loss of a member of the IOCDF community, Riley Sisson, who many of you may have known from the Annual OCD Conference. Riley is remembered by his mother Margaret Sisson, and our heartfelt condolences go out to her and her family. A memorial service was recently near his home in Fayetteville, Georgia, where Riley was remembered… Read more »
Just two weeks ago, the 21st Annual OCD Conference was getting underway in Los Angeles. Now we are back in the office and adjusting to reality again. All of the IOCDF staff had an amazing time meeting all of you, hearing your stories, and working to make this a conference you would never forget. On today’s… Read more »
In today’s blog, IOCDF executive director, Jeff Szymanski, PhD, introduces the Plenary Speaker at this year’s Annual OCD Conference. The Plenary is a talk with an invited speaker, which serves as a counterpart to Saturday morning’s Keynote Address specifically for the Professional Community at the OCD Conference. While intended for professionals, many attendees may also find the… Read more »
I am pleased to announce that one of our two Grand Marshals for the 2014 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston is Dr. Michael Jenike. I have known Mike since 2001 when I began working as a staff psychologist at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute (OCDI). In fact, Mike is the co-founder of the… Read more »
Nikola Tesla: Persistence in the Face of Mental Illness In this new blog series, we will be profiling famous individuals who continued to persist and make a lasting impact on the world despite the challenges and debilitating nature of untreated OCD. Our first blog focuses on Nikola Tesla. Nikola Tesla is enjoying something of a… Read more »
“Family after family and child after child talked to me about what the International OCD Foundation means to them and how they have found a home at the conference. This year, especially, so many people commented that they were finding it very hard to conceive of how they would transition back to ‘regular life’ after… Read more »
It seems like every non-profit organization has a Walk to raise awareness and fundraise for their cause. Here in the Northeast, you can find a Walk almost every weekend starting in the spring and going through the fall. So, when the topic of doing a Walk for OCD would come up around the IOCDF office,… Read more »
It is so rare to find a mental health condition portrayed accurately in the media. I get it… it’s entertainment. People are tuning into television shows to tune out and be entertained. So, when I watched the recent episode of “Girls” depicting OCD, I was pleasantly surprised.
We are just getting our bearings again here in the national office after our 19th Annual Conference in Chicago, which was a major success. Thank you to all 1,175 attendees! I’m sure that many of you had stories to tell your friends, families, and therapists upon your return. In this post, our executive director, Dr. Jeff Szymanski, shares some of his own memories and thoughts about the conference.
“You are so OCD!” is a fairly common phrase these days. When I hear someone use it — though I cringe a little inside — I rarely have the feeling that this is a deliberate attempt to make light of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Quite the opposite: I typically get the impression that someone is… Read more »