OCD Georgia, Inc., the Georgia affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), was founded in 2011 to increase awareness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its treatment, provide information to Georgians with OCD and related disorders and their families and friends, and offer OCD educational and outreach programs to mental health professionals and the Georgia community. Through providing resources at the local level, the goal of OCD Georgia is to help reduce the time it takes people suffering from OCD to find the right treatment.
OCDGA had a wonderful event for OCD Awareness Week! IOCDF spokespeople, Elizabeth McIngvale and Ethan S. Smith, completed the OCD Road to Recovery Road Trip in Atlanta. We started the morning with a training presented by Kasey Brown, LCSW (OCDGA president) and Dr. Josh Spitalnick (OCDGA’s Board of Directors) for clinicians who were interested in gaining a better understanding of OCD and its treatment. Clinician attendees were able to receive core CEs.
The afternoon session was open to all sufferers, families, and therapist. The topic and discussion focused on OCD and substance use disorder (SUD), implications for treatment, and misconceptions plaguing the treatment model for this dual diagnosis.
The featured speaker was Patrick McGrath, PhD, director of the Center for Anxiety and OCD at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital and the future executive director of their OCD and substance abuse residential program opening in spring 2017.
Additionally, Elizabeth McIngvale and Ethan S. Smith shared their personal stories, which covered the topic of the hidden side of mental health including depression, suicide, and addiction. They also shared their inspirational stories of living with OCD and how they continue to live a successful life. Our sponsors included IOCDF, OCDGA, Peace of Mind and Riley’s Wish.