It has long been thought that obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is due to a combination of both genetic and environmental causes. A new study has made significant progress in determining which of the approximately 22,000 human genes may predispose individuals to OCD. Today, Nature Publishing Group’s Molecular Psychiatry released the results of the first genome-wide… Read more »
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.
It was so great to meet so many wonderful people at the conference this year. And what a success! Record-breaking attendance, great new activities and programs, and, most importantly, inspiring and heartfelt stories from so many of you. We’ll have a few post-conference blogs in the days to come with some photos and highlights from… Read more »
Coming to you live from the 19th Annual Conference in Chicago! We have record-breaking attendance this year, and it’s been so wonderful to meet all of our members, professionals, family members, etc. Welcome! Today, we are honored to have an interview with Joy Kant, who will be the recipient of the Patricia Perkins Outstanding Service… Read more »
We’re just a few days away from the kickoff of the 19th Annual IOCDF Conference in Chicago! Everyone here at headquarters is busy making travel preparations and working hard to make this year’s conference the best ever. But, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of the action and keep you entertained while we… Read more »
It’s hard to believe that the 19th Annual Conference in Chicago is only a week away. The IOCDF offices are a flurry of activity today, as we get ready to travel from Boston to the midwest to see you all next week. In the meantime, we have a great post today from Alison Farquhar, the… Read more »
Last week, we learned a bit about the upcoming Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) talks at this year’s conference from presenters Jesse Crosby and Nate Gruner. Today, we are back with a post from Michael Twohig, PhD, with his take on why ACT is emerging as such an important part of OCD treatment.
Michael Levine’s OCD first emerged in the 3rd grade. His family was lucky enough to find a therapist knowledgeable about OCD and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy who helped Michael slowly, but surely, gain control of his compulsions and his life. Now 15 and a sophomore in high school, Michael is one of five… Read more »
For today’s blog post, we talked with Heather Currey, who attended her first conference in 2007 as an individual with OCD, and is now back to tell her story as a presenter at this year’s conference in Chicago. In this blog, Heather tells us about her upcoming talk, “Hope for OCD,” a bit about her… Read more »
We are excited to have a number of talks at this year’s conference that focus on a relatively new treatment option for OCD, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. In today’s blog post, we hear from two presenters who are participating in talks about ACT in Chicago, Jesse Crosby, PhD, and Nate Gruner, LICSW, both from… Read more »