Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Social Security Disability Benefits

by Ram Meyyappan, Social Security Disability Help This article was initially published in the Winter 2014 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Social Security Disability Benefits If you suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the condition can make it very difficult to maintain full-time work activity. As many as 2 out… Read more »

Co-Occurring OCD and Substance Use Disorder: What the Research Tells Us

by Stacey Conroy, LCSW, MPH Stacey C. Conroy LCSW, MPH is the supervisory social worker for mental health & substance abuse at the Richmond VA Medical and a clinical instructor in psychiatry for Virginia Commonwealth University. This article was initially published in the Winter 2015 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  For those who live and… Read more »

Guide to Starting a Support Group

Are you interested in starting a support group? While support groups are not meant to be a substitute for individual therapy, they can serve as a great step in that direction, an important addition to therapy, or part of a relapse prevention plan. Peers can offer something different than a therapist, and this should not… Read more »

MEDIA ALERT: OCD and PANDAS not associated with premeditated violence

“PANDAS like other forms of OCD, can be characterized by fears of doing something terrible, but not acting on those fears,” says Jeff Szymanski, PhD, clinical psychologist and executive director of the International OCD Foundation. PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), is a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) that is brought… Read more »

Hoarding Behavior Therapy Training Institute in Boston

An In-Depth 3-Day Training Program in State-of-the-Art Treatment for Hoarding Disorder. The new Hoarding BTTI is an in-depth three-day intensive training course for mental health professionals who are treating individuals with Hoarding Disorder (HD). The Hoarding BTTI was developed to help address the shortage of therapists properly trained in treating HD around the world. Developed by… Read more »

Membership for Professionals

Every day we hear from individuals with OCD and related disorders, and their family members, “Why did I have to suffer for so many years before I found effective treatment?” Our professional and institutional members form a strong community of knowledgeable providers and researchers who are working to improve the lives of those affected by… Read more »

Second Annual 1 Million Steps for OCD in Boston

Six-year-old with OCD to Grand Marshal Walk in Honor of Families Who Face Disorder BOSTON, May 27, 2014 — For the millions of people in the U.S. living with obsessive compulsive disorder, “being so OCD” isn’t a joke, it’s reality. The International OCD Foundation is working to increase awareness, resources, and support for individuals and… Read more »

25 Tips for Succeeding in Your OCD Treatment

by Fred Penzel, PhD Psychologist/Executive Director; Western Suffolk Psychological Services IOCDF Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board Member This article was initially published in the Summer 2014 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  I originally wrote this list for my own patients, and then I realized it would be useful to others out there who are just… Read more »

From the Experts

The articles in this section were written by mental health professionals and researchers who are experts in OCD and related disorders. Articles provide information to help you or your loved one understand and manage OCD or a related disorder. Article Categories Subtypes of OCD Co-occurring Disorders OCD Treatment Family Issues Mental Health Benefits & Legal Issues… Read more »