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Introducing — A New Source of Hope for those Affected by BDD

Denis & Nathaniel

In 2012, Denis Asselin walked over 500 miles — or roughly one million steps — from his home in Cheyney, PA, to Boston, MA, in memory of his son Nathaniel. Nathaniel took his own life at just 24, after a long struggle with severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD. After Nathaniel’s death, Denis embarked… Read more »

Guest Post: Mourning a Friend

We are deeply saddened about the loss of a member of the IOCDF community, Riley Sisson, who many of you may have known from the Annual OCD Conference. Riley is remembered by his mother Margaret Sisson, and our heartfelt condolences go out to her and her family.  A memorial service was recently near his home in Fayetteville, Georgia, where Riley was remembered… Read more »

Understanding OCD — International OCD Foundation uses OCD Awareness Week to Dispel Myths of this Oft-Misunderstood Mental Health Disorder

BOSTON, Mass. (October 8, 2012) — Imagine you woke up one day during a particularly stressful time in your life, and your mind got stuck on a single thought. Perhaps you were anxious about a project at school or work, and were worried that you had made a mistake. Imagine your mind would not let… Read more »

MEDIA ALERT: OCD and PANDAS not associated with premeditated violence

“PANDAS like other forms of OCD, can be characterized by fears of doing something terrible, but not acting on those fears,” says Jeff Szymanski, PhD, clinical psychologist and executive director of the International OCD Foundation. PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), is a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) that is brought… Read more »

International OCD Foundation holds first ever walk for OCD Awareness in Boston on Saturday, June 8th, 2013

BOSTON, Mass. (June 3, 2013) — Hundreds of supporters of the International OCD Foundation are expected to turn out at Jamaica Pond on the morning of Saturday, June 8th, to raise awareness about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD. The walk was inspired by the tireless efforts of Denis Asselin, a father who went on a 2012… Read more »

20th Annual OCD Conference Brings World’s Leading Experts on OCD Treatment and Research to Atlanta on July 18–21, 2013

ATLANTA, Georgia (July 16, 2013) — Twenty years after the first conference was held in a small hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Annual OCD Conference has become an international event, bringing together mental health professionals, researchers and experts from around the world, and individuals with OCD and their family members, to discuss the most recent findings… Read more »

International OCD Foundation Launches Much-Needed Pediatric OCD Training for Mental Health Professionals

OCONOMOWOC, Wisc. (September 11, 2013) — The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is launching its first-ever Pediatric Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) on September 13-15, 2013, hosted by Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, WI. The IOCDF’s Pediatric BTTI is an intensive three-day training course for mental health therapists providing in-depth education about how to accurately diagnose… Read more »

IOCDF Launches 1st Annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in California and Selects Jeff Bell as Grand Marshal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 28, 2014) — The International OCD Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with OCD and related disorders live full productive lives, announced today their first-ever OCD awareness walk in California: the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD 4K Walk. For the millions of people in the U.S., living with obsessive compulsive… Read more »

21st Annual OCD Conference Brings Awareness and Leading Research to West Coast

Los Angeles Welcomes Largest International Conference  on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2014– The International OCD Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders live full and productive lives, announced today that the 21st Annual OCD Conference will be held in Los Angeles from July… Read more »