In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the IOCDF to transition all of our usual conference programming, including our annual pre-conference research symposium, to a virtual format. What began as a way to sustain the symposium in the face of pandemic-related cancellations became an exciting experiment that engaged a diverse international audience of scientists around … Read morePresent at the IOCDF Virtual Research Symposium
by CTB I was a recovering perfectionist by the time I drafted into the army. I had chased perfection in high school, but in college I learned to slow down and enjoy the ride. I asked for extensions when I needed them and (gasp!) even submitted an assignment late, taking the penalty on my grade … Read moreThe Army demanded perfection. Civilian life taught me to ERP.
by Henry A. Willis, MA Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is understudied among African-American/Black youth and young adults (Williams & Jahn, 2016). Black youth are also grossly underrepresented in treatment centers, clinical trials, and published research focused on OCD (Williams et al., 2012). Research suggests that although OCD is a persistent problem for Black youth relative … Read moreAdvancing Research on OCD among African-American Youth and Young Adults
Accepting proposals through Monday, February 1, 2021! As we gear up for the new year, the IOCDF is already beginning to plan for our live and online events in 2021! Though the Annual OCD Conference is our largest event of the year, one which invites the entire OCD and related disorders community to come together to … Read moreBe a presenter at the 2021 IOCDF Virtual Event Series
Hello friends! Every year at our Annual OCD Conference, I ask to help out in the “littles” room, where we plan a camp environment each year for kids aged 4–10. It’s always an exciting room, because many kids are newly diagnosed. There is always a ton of excitement as the kids meet each other, and … Read moreRegister for the online OCD Camp for Kids and Families!
It’s the holiday season, and Christmas is fast approaching. If you struggle with hoarding behaviors then you might find this time of year to not only be exciting, but also quite challenging. Hoarding disorder (HD), recognized since 2013 as its own condition rather than a subtype of OCD, is a problem that afflicts millions of … Read moreTips for Living with Hoarding during the Holidays
The International OCD Foundation is pleased to announce that we will once again be offering research grants to scientists investigating OCD and related disorders. Over $750,000 in total research funding will be awarded in 2021 through a competitive process. Applications from researchers will be accepted beginning January 4, 2021, with a deadline of March 1, … Read more2021 Research Grant Program Call for Proposals
by Thomas Smalley, IOCDF Lead Advocate The holiday season is one for joy, celebration, and good vibes. Unfortunately, walking into a Target department store last year, that joy was ripped away in an instant. On full display was the ugly Christmas sweater section right when I walked in. The one that immediately caught my attention … Read moreLet’s put an end to “Obsessive Christmas Disorder”
Gaps in Maternal OCD Being Addressed Through New Partnership Perinatal OCD is a relatively common maternal mental health condition, impacting up to 5% of those who are pregnant and postpartum; yet symptoms, like intrusive thoughts, often confuse patients and providers alike. To bring this conversation to the forefront, 2020 Mom and the International OCD Foundation … Read more2020 Mom Partnership
Below is a good starting point by a blogger who is a therapist. I would add existential OCD to the list as well, though it does seem less common than ROCD, etc: Common OCD Themes: You’re Not Alone People with OCD typically struggle for 14-17 years before landing proper help. 14-17 YEARS! OCD creates all … Read moreCommon OCD Themes: You’re Not Alone