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.
The term OCD is often misused in social media, on Buzzfeed, and in various internet memes and quizzes. This blog attempts to dispel some of the most common myths and misconceptions. 1. This or this (or this, or this… and on and on). 2. A choice. OCD stands for obsessive compulsive disorder. As our executive director… Read more »
Professionals: we still have a few spots available in our next Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) — a great way to get in-depth training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including ERP, for treating OCD. Earn CE credits and improve your understanding of treatments for OCD and related disorders from our faculty of leading OCD experts.
We are so excited about this conference! We are currently putting the finishing touches on the program schedule, and can’t wait to share it with all of you. In the meantime, I can tell you that we have an amazing program planned with lots of NEW offerings, including:
Miss our latest #OCDchat on Twitter? The chat transcript is now available online: http://storify.com/IOCDF/ocd-chat-monday-february-18th This month’s chat focused on OCD in kids and teens, and featured Dr. Fred Penzel from Western Suffolk Psychological Services as our guest expert, along with the IOCDF’s Dr. Jeff Szymanski. We host these Twitter chats every month, and it’s a great opportunity to… Read more »
This is a reminder that our Conference Proposal System for the 20th Annual Conference in Atlanta closes today (Thursday, Jan 31st). You have until 5pm EST to submit your workshop, evening activity, or support group proposal for consideration. We especially still need proposals for teen and young adult programming, as well as research talks and workshops. For more information on the conference, or to submit your proposal, please visit www.ocd2013.org.
We’re participating in a Twitter chat today at 1pm Eastern with ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser. Join Dr. Jeff Szymanski from the International OCD Foundation, and other experts from across the country, as they answer your questions about OCD and related disorders. Search the hashtag #ABCDrBchat on Twitter, or click here… Read more »
This month, Buddha Badges is contributing all of the proceeds from the sale of their badges to the Walking with Nathaniel fund at the International OCD Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness about body dysmorphic disorder(BDD) and OCD in memory of Nathaniel Asselin. BuddhaBadges is a non-profit charity-drive art project aimed at selling 1-inch Buddha-themed badges for $1 each to help raise money for some good causes. So perhaps this month you will consider bringing a little Eastern wisdom into your life, and helping to support the IOCDF along the way.
With the new year, comes a new conference, and we are busy working to make this year’s program even better. We’ve even launched a new website at www.ocd2013.org to keep you up-to-date on conference information as it becomes available.
This year’s conference will be our 20th annual OCD Conference, and will take place from July 19–21 in Atlanta, GA, our first time in Atlanta in nearly a decade. Of course, the real reason to attend the conference is the quality workshops, support groups, research posters, and evening activities that we provide each and every year. If you would like to submit a proposal to speak at the conference, run a support group, exhibit a research poster, or hold a special evening activity, the conference proposal system is now open!
If you shop online this holiday season, you can easily have a portion of the proceeds from your shopping donated to the International OCD Foundation. iGive.com partners with thousands of online retailers, and donates a percentage of proceeds to charities and non-profits such as the IOCDF. To get started, click here and register at iGive… Read more »