First Genome Study of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Begins to Reveal Hereditary Causes of OCD

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 »

The Privilege of Being the Executive Director of the IOCDF

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.

What a Success!

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 »

Welcome to the Conference! — Q+A with Service Award Winner, Joy Kant

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 »

T-minus 4 days until the Conference!

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 »

Teen Success, OCD and All — Q+A with Michael Levine, Teen Presenter

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 »

Hope for OCD—Q+A with Heather Currey

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 »

Talking about ACT—Q+A with Presenters Jesse Crosby and Nate Gruner

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 »