OCD Patients Challenged to ‘Dare to Believe’

International OCD Foundation presents OCD Awareness Week Oct 10-16

BOSTON (August 16, 2011) — The International OCD Foundation has launched Dare to Believe, a new campaign to challenge the stereotypes of mental illness and encourage OCD sufferers to commit to overcoming the disorder.

“Dare to Believe…together we can beat OCD,” is one of the campaign’s signature messages that will be featured prominently during OCD Awareness Week to be celebrated October 10 through 16, with events across the United States and Canada. On Oct 15 at 7 p.m. the International OCD Foundation will host a live national event broadcast online featuring art music storytelling and more.

The campaign encourages OCD suffers to “Dare to Believe…there is hope” and “Dare to Believe…treatment works.”

OCD sufferers, their families, and professionals who treat OCD are invited to submit art, poetry, short stories, videos, or music for the 2011 OCD Awareness Week live event in Boston on Oct 15, which will also be streamed online beginning at 7 p.m EST. All submissions should reflect the Dare to Believe theme. Winners will receive a free trip to the Boston event to showcase their work.

The International OCD Foundation is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy group for sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder, their families, and medical professionals. The IOCDF funds research provides access to treatment, educates professionals to treat OCD, and annually presents the country’s largest national event dedicated to OCD and related disorders.

Some 4 million Americans suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. There is no cure for OCD, though its symptoms can be effectively managed through treatment, including therapy and medication.

“OCD is the doubting disease; patients find themselves in compulsive rituals because of the doubts in their minds,” said Jeff Szymanski, executive director of the International OCD Foundation. “Through our ‘Dare to Believe’ campaign we want OCD sufferers to confront and overcome those doubts, knowing that there is a larger community supporting them throughout their journeys.”

For more information on OCD Awareness Week and the Dare to Believe challenge, visit www.ocfoundation.org.

Entries into the Dare to Believe contest accepted until Aug 31.