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OCD Texas – Out of the Shadows: Personal Stories to End Stigma
October 11, 2016 at 5:00 am - 8:00 pm EDT
Join us from 5-6pm for a meet & greet with light refreshments followed by a panel discussion 6-7pm with IOCDF spokespeople on the topic of breaking the stigma surrounding OCD. The discussion will present an intimate look into the lives of the IOCDF Spokespeople and their battle with a chronic mental illness, effective treatment, how to manage your illness and preventing future set-backs.
The panel will be followed by two breakout sessions running concurrently from 7-8pm:
- Medication and Brain Stimulation Treatment for OCD: a presentation by Wayne Goodman, MD (Auditorium)
- Family members of a loved one with OCD: The do’s and do not’s: a presentation by Throsur Bjorgvinsson, PhD (Room A115)
Initially when a family member is diagnosed with OCD, it is followed by a variety of emotions. Family members may experience a sense of relief or feel even more confused. They may find themselves asking, “Now what?” For many a diagnosis of OCD is new and questions about how best to help a struggling family member are common. This presentation will focus on what research and clinical practice have taught us about the most effective ways to support a loved one with OCD. We will also discuss some common pitfalls for family members to avoid. Time will be allotted for family members to share their own personal concerns, success stories, and to ask questions.
Light hors d’oeuvres served.