Who we are
Founded in 2010, the OCD Mid-Atlantic is a non-profit affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). We are a locally based group made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The affiliate services Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern and Central Virginia.
The mission and goals of OCD Mid-Atlantic are to:
- Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided in the Mid-Atlantic region
- Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region
- Advocate and lobby for the OCD community in the Mid-Atlantic region.
As our offering in support of OCD Awareness Week, OCD Mid-Atlantic hosted a community outreach at the National Presbyterian School in Washington DC. Over 30 attendees heard a series of presentations relevant to the disorder. Dr. Ozge Gurel provided an overview of cognitive behavior therapy for OCD, Dr. Gloria Mathis addressed issues specific to helping children and adolescents overcome OCD, and parent, Amey Upton, MDiv, spoke about the impact of her daughter’s OCD on the family and their role in her recovery. Participants then broke into smaller discussion groups that were facilitated by clinicians drawn from the Mid-Atlantic board. Topics addressed in the smaller discussion groups included OCD in adults, OCD in children, medication, family accommodations, hoarding, and scrupulosity.
In other OCD Awareness Week programming, OCD Mid-Atlantic collaborated with California Pizza Kitchen for a weeklong fundraising effort at a number of locations in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Other news: Mid-Atlantic Board elections were held in September. Charley Mansueto, Carter Waddell, and Gloria Mathis were elected for additional terms as president, treasurer, and secretary, respectively. Elspeth Bell was elected as our new vice president, replacing Shannon Shy who remains on the Mid-Atlantic’s board, but who now serves as president of IOCDF’s board of directors.
Jon Hershfield, the new programming chair, is working with the rest of the OCD Mid-Atlantic board members to plan some exciting events for 2017. If you’re interested in volunteering or getting involved, please reach out to our new membership chair, Carrie Holl, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed (@midatlanticocd) to keep current with all our goings-on!