Hello OCD MIdwesterners. We will be doing a walk this summer. Plans are in the works currently. We are trying to get a permit for down by the lake. Once we have the office date for the permit we will be doing meetings to get this going. So, stay tuned and please let us know if you are interested in volunteering!!!
You Can Make a Difference!
Research has shown that genes can make some people more likely than others to develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders (Hoarding Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hair Pulling Disorder/Trichotillomania, and Skin Picking Disorder/Excoriation Disorder). Researchers at the University of Southern California are trying to find these genes. Once genes are identified, new or improved treatments may be possible.
- OCD is characterized by obsessions which are unwanted thoughts, images and impulses that “pop” into a person’s mind, generate anxiety and lead to compulsions that are actions aimed to reduce the distress generated by the obsessions.
- Hoarding Disorder is characterized by excessively saving items that others may view as worthless and have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts an ability to use living or work spaces.
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is characterized by thoughts about real or perceived flaws for hours each day that may cause severe emotional distress and interfere with daily functioning.
- Trichotillomania is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from the scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body, despite trying to stop.
- Excoriation Disorder (skin picking disorder, SPD) is characterized by repetitive touching, rubbing, scratching, picking, or digging into the skin, often in an attempt to remove small irregularities or perceived imperfections.
You may be eligible to take part in this study if you:
- are 7 years of age or older; and,
- have symptoms or a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and/or Related Disorders (Hoarding Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania, Excoriation Disorder).
Participation involves an interview and donation of a small blood sample.
You will be compensated for your participation.
For more information or to ENROLL in the study, please visit our exhibit booths number 10 and 11 in the main exhibit hall at the Annual OCD Conference, July 29-31, in Chicago, IL.
You may pre-enroll at our website (keck.usc.edu/gpc-ocd) and complete enrollment at our booths.
Research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Approved by USC HSC-‐IRB (HS-‐10-‐00299).
OCD Midwest is excited to announce that we are hosting a 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Virtual Walk in Cincinnati this June 4th, 2016!
The Walk is supported locally by the Lindner Center of HOPE and will take place at Winton Woods (Ladybug Landing Shelter) in downtown Cincinnati, Saturday June 4th 2016. Check-in starts at 9am and starting at 10am we will walk 1.7 miles around the lake to raise awareness and funds for the IOCDF and the OCD and related disorders community!
- Anyone donating $25 or more and registered will receive a T-shirt on the day of the walk.
- Please share link with friends and family, church, work, school and any other personal or professional associations you have. If they don’t want to walk themselves they can support someone that is with a donation. You can submit checks on event day made out to the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) if you prefer.
- Please post/share the Walk page on Facebook or any other social media. If you have a personal connection to OCD share your story if you are comfortable doing so!
We have the International OCD Foundation’s Annual OCD Conference coming to Chicago this year! We want to have a big presence there. A few things that OCD Midwest has done since the last Chicago conference in 2012:
- OCD Parent Support groups have opened in Hoffman Estates and Glenview
- OCD Case Consultation groups in Chicago and the suburbs
- A mini OCD Conference in Cleveland (help us pick a city for this coming year)
- An OCD Presentation in Cincinnati
- OCD support groups
- Articles in the International OCD Foundation quarterly OCD Newsletter
- Countless talks and trainings with great co-sponsors!
And, we want to do more. This year we will launch our Parent Advisory Board and our Scientific Advisory Board. We want people dedicated to the treatment and the advocacy needed for OCD. And, best of all, it is free to join these boards!! We want you and your help and your opinions. The most valuable thing to us is you and your time. So, help us continue to grow OCD Midwest. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago (visit www.ocd2016.org to view the schedule and register today!) and will have more details in the future about when our meeting will be.
Enjoy a day of learning about OCD and its treatment, and getting to know others who have OCD, treat OCD, and support those with OCD.
Join us for:
- Dance/Movement Therapy
- OCD Life Stories and Recoveries
February 28th, from 2:00 – 4:30pm
Hubbard Dance Studio, 1147 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
This event is free and open to all who have or want to learn about OCD. Donations will be accepted to help OCD Midwest continue to promote OCD Research, Treatment, and Awareness.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Friday, October 16, 3:30–5:30pm
Cleveland Racquet Club
29825 Chagrin Blvd
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
Phone: (216) 831-2155
Program: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Panel discussion Q & A: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
A free workshop for individuals and families who struggle to free themselves from obsessive compulsive disorder OCD tells you that if you just try harder at doing the compulsions, then everything will be better. But, the lie is this—the more you do the compulsions the worse your OCD gets, so trying harder at your OCD is not the best thing to do. Therefore, how about you try something diff erent? What if you and your family and your friends could, today, right now, start to change the way you think and behave in order to truly challenge your OCD. This workshop will show you how to do just that, with fun, humor, stories, and the 7 simple steps of Don’t Try Harder, Try Different. (Warning: Do not attend if you are grumpy and do not like to have fun!)
October 18, 2013- 5pm – 9pm
At Whole Foods Market
750 N Martingale Rd Schaumburg, IL 60173
- Come out to have fun & meet new people
- Gain greater awareness of OCD & be connected
- Keep up with your game & gain tournament experience
- Enjoy music & good food
- Support those in need with your participation
- Spend quality time with family in a fun environment
To REGISTER visit:
Interested in lending us your table?
Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org 630-379-1444
Welcome to OCD Midwest’s website. I am pleased that you have come to this site to get some of the most up-to-date information that you can about OCD for yourself, your family, or your friends.
This site will give you a lot of information to utilize.
- First, there is a Find a Therapist section if you are looking for someone to treat your OCD. If you want to get listed as a provider on this site, please contact us via email and we will send you an application.
- There is a calendar that lists all of the support groups that we know of currently. If you know of another support group, please send an e-mail to Dr. Patrick B. McGrath.
- We will also have listings of up-to-date information about OCD, be it information about therapy techniques or research.
- If you are a consumer of OCD services (a person with OCD or a friend or family member of someone with OCD) and you are interested in getting on a consumer advisory board, please contact Dr. Patrick McGrath.
OCD Midwest’s mission is to bring information about OCD to the Midwest states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, though we of course welcome all other states in the Midwest to utilize our information as well. We hope to be able to be a source of the most up-to-date information about OCD, OCD research, and fund raising opportunities for the OCD community.