IOCDF is now accepting scholarship applications for the 25th Annual OCD Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 27-29, 2018. For information about scholarships, click here.
It’s that time of year again! The 2nd annual 1 Million Steps for OCD walk in Seattle is this June 9, 2018 at 10:00 am. We will be meeting by the Seattle Public Theater at 7312 West Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103 and walking around Greenlake.
It’s free! It’s fun! We’ll have snacks, water and coffee! After the walk, the walk organizers will sit in the park and have lunch together. You are invited to pack a lunch and join us. We will have coolers at the sign up booth where you can leave your lunch during the walk if you wish.
You can start your own team or join one that already exists and don’t forget, you don’t have to donate money to sign up for the walk.
For information about the history of the walk, click here.
We hope to see you there!
Shereen Morse, MD, MPH
OCD Washington President and Cofounder
SATURDAY May 19th OPEN TO ALL FREE
10 AM – 1 PM
“Hoarding Disorder Workshop”
What is Hoarding Disorder?
What are the treatment options?
What can families/loved ones do to help?
Please RSVP by Friday, May 11th
(for an accurate head count for lunch & materials)
601 Broadway, Swedish Orthopedic Institute (SOI), First Hill Campus
Travis L. Osborne, Ph.D is the Director of The Anxiety Center at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS). Dr. Osborne treats the full range of anxiety and related disorders, with particular interest in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and hoarding disorder.
Jackie Randall, Psy.D is a Staff Psychologist a the Anxiety Center at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS)
Sponsored by the Seattle OCD & Hoarding Support Group
Message Line: 206.781.5614
An OCD Seattle Event for Mental Health Month
Seattle Screening of “UNSTUCK”: an OCD kids movie
A Movie for All Ages. Free, Open to all
Sat, May 19 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Glaser Auditorium, Swedish Medical Center747 Broadway
Seattle, 98122 United States + Google Map
Join us for a free community, family-friendly screening and discussion of UNSTUCK: an OCD kids movie followed by discussion groups for children, parents, teens and adults with professionals specializing in the treatment of OCD.
There is a lot of confusion about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). To uncover what OCD is, and what it isn’t, UNSTUCK: an OCD kids movie focuses on an unlikely group of experts: Kids.
By documenting six unique OCD stories, UNSTUCK reveals the complexity of this mental health disorder, and allows kids and teens to explain how they faced their fears and regained control of their lives.
You will be amazed what kids can teach you about OCD.
For the trailer and more information on the movie, visit https://www.ocdkidsmovie.com/
Refreshments on us!
Sponsored by the Seattle OCD Support Group
Message Line: 206.781.5614
View OCD Washington’s 2017 annual report here – 2017 Annual Report
OCD Washington will be holding a 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Seattle on June 3rd, 2017 at Green Lake Park! Click here to learn more and register today!
Imagine spending over a decade, knowing something isn’t right. Maybe someone could help, but the feelings of shame are unbearable. The opinions of doctors and friends only add to your confusion and distress. Finally, someone mentions Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. But could that be? Your unwanted thoughts have never been about having things alphabetized and color coded. You’re not “sooo OCD!” Are you?
Now imagine you’re a clinician, and a client tells you their main anxiety is about murdering a loved one. Would this indicate a referral out for schizophrenia or psychosis? If a client expresses concerns about their sexual orientation because they keep having thoughts about the “wrong” gender, we are likely to offer affirmative and supportive therapy while they explore their identity. Yet these worries could be OCD. The symptoms of OCD can be very different than the media’s images of checking or hand washing. These two OCD subtypes, harm/aggression and sexual, are the most frequently misdiagnosed.
When appropriate treatment is available, recovery from OCD is possible. Yet someone living with OCD may experience symptoms for more than 15 years before a diagnosis. For service providers, training and clinical support are a vital part of accurate diagnosis and treatment of OCD. Marriage and Family Therapists, and other systemically-trained clinicians, are uniquely situated as providers in the treatment of OCD, as it is a condition the family likely accommodated for years, and thus the family also plays a vital supportive role in recovery.
RESOURCES FOR PROFESSIONALS
The International OCD Foundation works to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them. Its Behavior Therapy Training Institute offers clinicians specialized training for focused on the diagnosis and treatment of OCD.
OCD Washington is a newly formed nonprofit in Seattle. It is a resource for those with OCD, their families, and clinicians. An affiliate of The International OCD Foundation, its mission is focused on helping sufferers of OCD get appropriate treatment, providing a community of support to sufferers and their families, as well as assuring clinicians and researchers receive the best information and training available.
OCD Awareness Week is October 9 through 15, 2016 and OCD Washington is hosting several events, including an art show and movie afternoon. You can find more information at www.ocdwashington.org
Kate Reeves, MA, LMFT, is a founding board member of OCD Washington. Her private practice in Bellevue specializes in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Antioch University Seattle, teaching graduate students how to utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and ACT in their clinical work. For more information or to contact her, visit www.TherapyForGeeks.com.
Due to inclement weather OCD Washington is postponing our OCD in the Media gathering originally scheduled for October 15, 2016. from 1-3pm at Swedish Orthopedic center. We will be in touch when it is rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
OCD Washington is excited to announce that it will be holding two local awareness building events this International OCD Awareness Week! On Sunday, October 9th, from 2-4pm, we are having an Art Gallery showcasing art inspired by OCD. The following weekend, on Saturday, October 15th from 1-3pm, we will be hosting an event entitled OCD in the Media where we will be showing clips of shows and/or movies that portray OCD in the media and will be discussions this portrayal.