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Research Opportunity

Family Dynamics in Adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Do you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Are you in a romantic relationship? AND/OR do you have a child aged 6-17? If this is the case, you may be eligible to participate in a study exploring familial relationships in adults with OCD. As a result of the study, we hope to better understand the impacts of OCD on family life, and to shed light on specific familial issues relative to OCD.

Participation in the study includes a 15 to 30 minute interview, which may be conducted in person or through Skype. You will also be asked to complete a series of online questionnaires about your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and your romantic relationships and/or parent-child relationships. The whole procedure should take between 35 and 90 minutes.

To be eligible for this study, you must be 18 or over, have a primary diagnosis of OCD and either (a) be in a romantic relationship or have been in a relationship in the last six months, (b) have a least one child aged between 6 and 17 years old with whom you have a regular contact or (c) both.

This study is being conducted by Dr. Eric Storch, Ph.D. at the Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, USF. For further information, please contact the study coordinator, Dr. Valerie L.B. Ariza at valerielabui@health.usf.edu or (727)898-7451

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The western Pennsylvania affiliate of the International OCD Foundation is hosting a conference titled “Treating OCD in the Autism Community” on April 27, 2017 at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

To learn more, please visit: www.ocdfwpa.org

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In honor of OCD Awareness Week a panel of OCD experts will offer a free program on OCD to the Charlotte community.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016: Understanding and Getting Help for OCD: Discussion with Experts.
Drs Kevin L. Gyoerkoe and Cristina A. Andreescu, and Ryan Glubo will provide current information regarding treatment of OCD and then offer a question and answer session. In addition, they will also discuss OCD North Carolina and local support groups for OCD.  The meeting will be held in the lounge at the Cornwell Center, 2001 Selwyn Road, Charlotte, NC, 28207.  For more information, please contact Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, Psy.D at (704)631-3980 or visit www.anxietyandocdtreatmentcenter.com.

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As part of OCD Awareness Week, a panel of experts in diagnosing and treating obsessive compulsive disorder will offer a free program on OCD for the community.

Robert Milan and Jeff Sapyta will share information regarding current developments in the treatment of OCD and then focus on answering your questions regarding OCD in children, teenagers and adults. In addition, information will be shared regarding OCD North Carolina, a recently formed Regional Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).

Robert Milan, LCSW has over 30 years of clinical experience working with OCD and OC-spectrum disorders in individual, couples, and family therapy. He has a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University and additional post graduate training in Child Development and Family Relations at UNC-Greensboro. Mr. Milan draws upon training and experience in numerous approaches to psychotherapy to design a treatment plan that is geared to each client’s individual needs.

Jeff Sapyta, PhD is a licensed psychologist and currently President of OCD North Carolina. He is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and has worked in North Carolina for over 10 years. His research has focused on improving family-based OCD interventions for children and adolescents, as well as trials studying treatment for youth with depression, anxiety, or tic disorders.

The International OCD Foundation estimates that up to 4 million Americans, including 1 million youngsters, suffer from OCD. Early recognition of OCD symptoms is important, and OCD can be managed effectively with the right treatments.

WHAT: Understanding and Getting Help for OCD: Discussion with Experts.

WHEN: Thursday October 13th, 2016t from 7pm-8:30p.

WHERE: Trinity Church- 5200 W Friendly Ave; Greensboro, NC 27410

QUESTIONS: Contact Jeffrey Sapyta, Ph.D. at (919) 668-0069 or visit www.iocdf.org

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As part of International OCD Awareness Week 2016, a panel of experts in obsessive compulsive disorder will offer a free program on OCD for the community.

Monday, October 10th
6:30pm-8pm
Earth Fare Meeting Room
10341 Moncreiffe Rd
Raleigh, NC 27617

Drs. Jon Abramowitz, Aureen Wagner, and Annette Perot will share information regarding current developments in the treatment of OCD and then answer your questions regarding OCD in children, teenagers and adults. They will be joined by someone dealing with OCD, who will share his experience.

  • Jon Abramowitz, PhD, is a professor and director of the OCD/Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of a self-help book for people with OCD entitled, “Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life.”
  • Aureen Wagner, PhD, clinical child psychologist and founder of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, has authored several books on OCD, including: “Up and Down the Worry Hill,” “What to do When your Child has OCD,” and “Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents.”
  • Annette Perot, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham, NC, where she has specialized in the treatment of adults with OCD and related disorders for over 20 years.

July 29–31, 2016:  23rd Annual IOCDF Conference in Chicago, IL | Click here for more information


June 4, 2016:  1 Million Steps for OCD Walk | Click here for more information


May 21, 2016:  Understanding and Getting Help for OCD: Discussion with Experts.
Drs Jeff Sapyta, Chris Savard, and Annette Perot will share information regarding current developments in the treatment of OCD and then focus on answering your questions regarding OCD in children, teenagers, and adults. In addition, information will be shared regarding OCD North Carolina, a recently formed affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). The meeting will be held at the Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405. For more information, please contact Jeff Sapyta, PhD, at (919)668-0069 or visit www.iocdf.org.