Today, October 12th, is the first day of OCD Awareness Week.  The International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation (OCF) is the force behind the creation of OCD Awareness Week, which it describes as “a vehicle for support, advocacy and education to help end the stigma surrounding OCD and encourage sufferers to identify the disorder and / or seek treatment”.  The OCF is also working with its many local affiliates around the US “to educate their communities and the public as a whole about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its treatments.”

The OCF suggests numerous ways that the public can participate in OCD Awareness Week, including:

  • Participating in local events
  • Attending a support group
  • Hosting a book discussion
  • Becoming a mentor and / or friend to someone with OCD
  • Sending a letter to the edition of your local paper about OCD Awareness Week
  • Starting an email campaign
  • Becoming a member of the OCF
  • Making a contribution to the OCF
  • Adding an OCF badge to your Facebook page

•Tom Corboy, MFT, is the director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles, a private, outpatient clinic specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related conditions.  In addition to individual therapy, the center offers six weekly therapy groups, as well as online therapy, telephone therapy, and intensive outpatient treatment.  To contact the OCD Center of Los Angeles, click here.