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.
In support of OCD Awareness Week, OCD Mid-Atlantic is excited to partner with the IOCDF in co-hosting the first annual OCD Capital Walk on the National Mall on Saturday October 14th. The OCD Capital Walk grand marshal, Shannon Shy, president of the IOCDF board of directors, will offer opening remarks and cut the ribbon kick-starting our journey along the walk route.
The walk route is just over 3 miles and will take us counterclockwise around the National Mall beginning west down Madison Drive, past the Washington Monument, along and around the National Mall reflecting Pool, and back east along Jefferson Drive.
Beyond gathering in our nation’s capital to come together in advocacy for the OCD and related disorders community, the OCD Capital Walk is a fundraising opportunity for the important programs of both the IOCDF and OCD Mid-Atlantic. Please register at www.iocdf.org/ocdcapitalwalk and share your fundraising page with family members, friends, and coworkers to have them support the cause with a tax-deductible donation.
Leading up to OCD Awareness Week, on Sunday September 24th, OCD Mid-Atlantic will have another OCD awareness breakout session event, this time at Community College of Baltimore County Hunt Valley. This event is free to the community and will feature multiple treatment providers from the Mid-Atlantic region sharing their expertise. Topics to be covered include types of obsessions, OCD in children, generalized anxiety, medication for OCD, mindfulness and OCD, and more! OCD Mid-Atlantic hopes this event will be as well-received as our June event, OCD Success Stories: Journeys to Recovery which was held at the Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria. The powerful evening shared psychotherapeutic successes with treating OCD, the personal experiences from sufferers and family members, and the ever-popular OCD Quiz Show.
The Programming Committee and the rest of the OCD Mid-Atlantic board members are always working on exciting events. If you’re interested in volunteering or getting involved, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website, our Facebook page, or our Twitter feed (@midatlanticocd) to keep current with all our goings-on!