Farewell from an IOCDF Favorite

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Today is a bittersweet day at the IOCDF office as we say goodbye to Marissa Keegan, the IOCDF’s program director (pictured left above, along with fellow IOCDF staff members Stephanie Cogen and Tiia Groden). We as a staff will miss Marissa very much, and wish her all the best on future endeavors!  I vividly remember my first… Read more »

Guest Post: “I bet that man suffers from it himself”

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Today’s blog entry comes from Menno Oosterhoff, a psychiatrist and board member for Dwang.eu, an IOCDF Global Partner based in the Netherlands. Dr. Oosterhoff’s post represents both a global perspective on mental health issues and that of a treatment provider with OCD himself, resulting in a unique point of view we are thrilled to share with… Read more »

Guest Post: In Memory of Dr. Bruce Hyman (1951–2016)


Dr. Bruce Hyman was a long-standing professional member of the IOCDF, served on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board, was a faculty member for the Behavior Therapy Training Institute, and was a staple at our Annual OCD Conference. Dr. Hyman was a nationally recognized expert in OCD and related disorders, a field in which he… Read more »

#OCDcon Update: Proposal Deadline One Week Away, Plus Travel Information Up Now!

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The proposal system for the 23rd Annual OCD Conference in Chicago, IL, will be closing on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5pm ET. We are accepting proposals for presenters for the following: Presentations Keynote Address Support Groups Special Evening Activities NEW! IOCDF Research Symposium (see below) Research Posters* The deadline to submit your proposal is Monday, February… Read more »

One Size Does Not Fit All: Learning That Your Story May Not Be My Story


The IOCDF blog often shares personal stories from those in the OCD community about their experiences living with OCD and related disorders. Today’s entry from featured blogger Alison Dotson focuses on the process of sharing her personal recovery story, and navigating the fact that treatment can look so different to different people. Being an advocate… Read more »

Ring in 2016 with a new edition of “Spotlight: OCD News and Research Updates”


Our first 2016 edition of Spotlight: OCD Research News & Updates is out now! The January update includes the latest in research news and information on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) with a special research highlight on hoarding disorder (HD). This series is also available via email so you can receive the latest research news and… Read more »

The December Issue of “Spotlight” is Here!


The second edition of Spotlight: OCD News & Research Updates is here! To recap, this new blog series is meant to serve as a monthly resource to bring you the latest in research news and information on OCD and related disorders. This month’s edition also features a special research highlight on pediatric OCD. This series… Read more »

Talking Turkey with IOCDF Staff

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Time for turkey! (Or turducken, or tofurkey…) This year for Thanksgiving, we are practicing gratitude here at the IOCDF office. With all of the stress of running a small nonprofit and putting on huge events like the OCD Conference, Walk, and OCD Awareness Week, it can be easy to get lost in the details. We… Read more »

Guest Post: Quitting Cold Turkey — OCD and Thanksgiving

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Hannah Zidansek, author of today’s guest blog, was this year’s OCD Awareness Week Video Contest winner. Her video received over 200 votes throughout the week and is a great example of using humor to raise awareness about OCD. Here, Hannah shares a story about how OCD went from stopping her from enjoying holiday time with… 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 »