OCD in Diverse Populations Resource Center

Are people of color affected by OCD? The answer to this question is yes! OCD affects all races and ethnic groups. But, it can look different from one group to the next. This Resource Center is intended to provide education, awareness, and resources for OCD and related disorders in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). OCD does not discriminate — people of all racial and/or ethnic identities, you belong here in our community!

In this Resource Center you’ll find content about what OCD looks like in a variety of racial/ethnic groups, in addition to information for clinicians working with diverse populations. Although what limited research exists on OCD in BIPOC populations is cited, it is important to note that BIPOC are broadly underrepresented in OCD research. Beyond issues of basic equity, this disparity has real consequences for people who need OCD treatment. Underrepresentation of BIPOC in OCD research calls into question the “generalizability” of what research studies discover. If the studies do not include everyone, we can’t be sure if the results — and the treatments based on those results — truly apply to everyone.

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If you have any questions that aren’t addressed by the information below, please feel free to reach out to us at (617) 973-5801 or info@iocdf.org.

For Clinicians: Working with BIPOC Populations

OCD can affect anyone regardless of their racial/ethnic identity. While all races/ethnicities experience the same types of symptoms, different populations are more likely to have certain subtypes than others, and have different barriers to treatment that clinicians should keep in mind.

This section has information for clinicians working with diverse populations and other tips for treating different races and ethnicities.

Learn more today.

Minority Mental Health Month: Town Halls

July was Minority Mental Health Month!

On each Wednesday in July, we hosted a town hall on a diversity-related topic for all members of the OCD community! Topics will include being a BIPOC in the OCD community, mental health stigma in BIPOC communities, racism and OCD, and trauma and OCD.

Wednesdays at 7:00pm ET | Recordings of past Minority Mental Health Month Town Halls are accessible via Facebook and YouTube

The information in this Resource Center was inspired by the work of Dr. Monnica Williams, a pioneer researcher and clinician in mental health disparities.  We thank Dr. Williams for her tireless efforts on behalf of the BIPOC OCD community and are grateful for her continuing contributions.  To learn more about Dr. Williams and her work, please visit www.monnicawilliams.com.

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