If you are interested in making a few new friends and building community amongst other young people who you can relate to during the difficult time of COVID-19, please reach out to Olivia Groell (firstname.lastname@example.org). We could plan fun, socially distanced (& Covid conscious) de-stress activities to get out of our everyday routines. Some possible ideas are hikes, walks, bike rides, and runs (weather permitting). Olivia looks forward to hearing from you!
The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is so excited to kick off the 2020 OCD Awareness Week!
Each year during the second full week of October, community groups, service organizations, and clinics across the US and around the world celebrate throughout the week with events such as educational lecture series, OCD-inspired art exhibits, grassroots fundraisers, and more.
Last year’s OCD Week was a great success and IOCDF looks forward to seeing what it can accomplish in 2020.
Click here to check for updates on what IOCDF has planned!
The International OCD Foundation is excited to present the Online OCD Summer Camp, its first virtual event specifically for kids and teens. The program — designed for youth between the ages of 11 and 17 — will feature two days of interactive presentations, activities, and groups for children with OCD and their siblings, in addition to opportunities for fun and socialization.
The Online OCD Summer Camp sessions and interactive workshops are intended for kids and teens who have lived experience with OCD or related disorders and the youth siblings supporting someone affected by OCD.
The camp will take place from Saturday, July 18 to Sunday, July 19, 2020.
To register, go to kids.iocdf.org/summercamp.
All presentations will take place in a live stream via Zoom. Registrants will receive the URL link to access the Zoom room on the day before the event.
Registration is capped at 100 participants, so be sure to register soon!
Registration is $25 per participant.
The International OCD Foundation announced that it has organized an online OCD conference this summer.
The first event of its kind, this virtual event has programming for everyone in the OCD community: individuals with lived experience, their family members and supporters, and the professionals who treat them.
Running from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2, 2020, this virtual event will feature 70 talks, 36 discussion groups, and 160 presenters.
For more information, go to https://event.vconferenceonline.com/microsite/html/event.aspx?id=1634.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the ongoing worldwide outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. In response, public health experts around the world have asked individuals and organizations to take action to prevent and limit the transmission of this disease in their communities. This may create unique challenges for people in the OCD and related disorders community as we work to balance what’s best for population health and what’s best for our individual mental health.
The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) put together several resources that you may find useful at this website: https://iocdf.org/covid19/. If you have questions that aren’t addressed on their website, please contact the IOCDF at (617) 973-5801 or email@example.com.
The Annual OCD Conference informs and empowers the OCD community by bringing together health professionals, researchers, individuals with OCD, and their loved ones, with the goal of educating all attendees about the latest treatments, research, and practice in OCD and related disorders.
This year’s Conference will include diverse programming, events, and resources to engage all members of the OCD community!
For more information, click here to visit the OCD Conference website.
If you are struggling to manage the impact of OCD and find support, you
are not alone — these types of questions are very common for
individuals living with OCD. In addition to being highly misunderstood,
OCD can be an unpredictable and unique disease that can impact all areas
of your life.
Having a peer community to share experiences with and turn to for support can be an invaluable asset. That’s why the IOCDF has recently partnered with HealthUnlocked to launch a new peer-to-peer online community called My OCD Community!
My OCD Community is a free, online peer-to-peer forum for members to share their OCD experiences. The community is a safe space that allows you to post a question and get answers from members of the forum, share your OCD journey, connect with others, and contribute to ongoing conversations – all from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
To learn more about My OCD Community, read IOCDF’s recent blog post here.
The UC San Diego School of Medicine OCD Research Program is investigating different treatment approaches for individuals with OCD and they are interested in your opinion regarding treatment preferences and effectiveness! This online survey will only take 25 minutes to complete and will be helpful for future treatment development.
You are eligible if you are age 18-75, have OCD, and are fluent in the English language.
Link to the study: alliant.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aay03Hys2dN94Rn. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ucsdocd.researchprogram. Click here to download a flyer containing more details regarding the study.
Anxiety in the Classroom is an online resource center for school personnel, students, and their families. This website provides general information, resources, and materials about anxiety and OCD as they relate to the school setting, as well as more specific tools for teachers, administrators, and other school personnel who may work with students with anxiety and/or OCD. Parents and students will also find tools and information to help them advocate for school accommodations, as well as to educate their teachers and classmates about OCD and anxiety. Click here to go to the website.
Thomas Smalley calls his YouTube page “Struggle Into Strength.” Anyone who has watched his two documentaries can begin to understand the enormity of his struggle with OCD and his strength to overcome it. A college junior and psychology major, Smalley works hard these days to give us a clue. A strong young man who is on a mission to help people understand OCD, his goals are to spread the word to those suffering from mental illness that they are not alone and to help eliminate the stigma. Click here to read the article.