Connect with the OCD Community
Welcome to the IOCDF Peace of Mind Virtual Community! Here, members of the OCD and related disorders community will find resources to learn, share stories, and support one another. We're so happy you're here!
Participate in Our Livestreams
Ask a Question or Suggest a Topic
Livestreams are educational and are not intended to replace therapy. For treatment-related questions, please work with your provider or contact a local clinician. You can use the IOCDF’s online Resource Directory to locate a trained clinician near you, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
IOCDF National Advocate Ethan Smith leans on his own lived experiences navigating OCD to create a candid space for anyone (from anywhere) to discuss the OCD and related disorders issues most important to them. You choose the topics, you ask the questions—live, in real time! Whether you just want to listen in, support others in the chat, ask questions, or talk about current events and how they’re impacting your life, you’re the community, and this is your conversation. Together, we can educate, reduce stigma, and most importantly, provide hope.
If you’re an individual with OCD/related disorders, a significant other, a family member, a friend or a clinician, this is the spot to hear different perspectives on a variety of topics important to you. Town Halls are hosted by experts and individuals with lived experience, exploring subtypes, symptoms, and co-occurring conditions in understandable ways. So whether you’ve just discovered the community or you’re a veteran, you’re sure to learn and feel supported during this 90-minute livestream. (And be sure to bring your questions; this is a great opportunity to access some of the best minds in the field.) We can’t wait to see you there!
Ask the Experts
You ask, they answer: OCD experts and IOCDF Advocates Liz McIngvale and Chris Trondsen join together to answer your questions and share clinical insights and education around OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. This stream is intended for all audiences and provides both clinical and personal perspectives, as Liz and Chris have experienced their own journeys with OCD along their paths to becoming licensed clinicians in the field. Join us to learn more about OCD, treatment, and specific topics. Be sure to bring your questions!
Faith & OCD Roundtable
Are you seeking to navigate OCD while remaining connected to your faith community? Have you ever felt like you had to choose between your religious space and clinical mental health treatment? Have you ever struggled with whether to turn to a faith leader or mental health practitioner? IOCDF Lead Advocate Katie O’Dunne moderates this roundtable discussion to bridge the gap between faith and OCD. An interfaith chaplain with OCD, Katie brings lived experience to engage faith leaders, clinicians, and individuals with OCD from various faith traditions. Join Katie for a variety of topics focused on leaning into uncertainty while embracing the value of faith. All are welcome!
The Diversity Roundtable is an open discussion for members of the OCD and related disorder to talk about representation, access to treatment, stigma, and much more.
Lunch & Learn
Clinicians and IOCDF Advocates Chris Trondsen, MS, AMFT, and Liz McIngvale, PhD, share professional clinical insights and education around OCD, anxiety, and related disorders in this lunchtime stream for all audiences. Liz and Chris will cover a variety of mental health topics and share personal insights gained from their own journeys with OCD and related disorders. Often, professionals with specific clinical background and knowledge on a topic will join the conversation. Tune in to learn more about specific topics and treatment!
Our understanding of OCD is constantly evolving, with exciting new research about the psychology, biology, and treatment of the disorder published daily. But research articles are complicated, technical, and often inaccessible unless you work in academia. This stream bridges the gap to bring you a clear and concise update on the world of OCD research! Each month, hosts Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD, and IOCDF Advocate Kyle King pick a hot topic in OCD literature to dissect with expert researchers in the field. Whether you’re a clinician, a researcher, or someone impacted by OCD, we guarantee you’ll find it fascinating.
Join Our HealthUnlocked Community
HealthUnlocked is a free, anonymous online forum where you can share your story and get support from thousands of other members of the OCD and related disorders community.
HealthUnlocked is not a substitute for professional help from a healthcare provider, but it's a great way to create an online support system that's there when you need it.
Join the My OCD Community on HealthUnlocked and start sharing today!
Follow Us on Social Media!
Social media is another great way to stay connected with the OCD and related disorders community.
Follow the IOCDF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn to share your story—especially during our events! It's also a great way to receive calls to action to help spread awareness about OCD.
Check Out Our Events Calendar
We're not the only ones hosting events for the OCD and related disorders community — far from it.
Check out our community calendar for events submitted by our IOCDF Affiliates and other organizations across the country!