I know I have recommended that a few of you visit the International OCD Foundation’s website, but I’d like to take the opportunity today to highlight this awesome organization.
So what is the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)?
Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to:
* Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided;
* Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders;
* Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families;
* Advocate and lobby for the OCD community. (from IOCDF)
Their site has lots of great information about OCD, like a definition that is easily understandable and not full of scientific jargon, an overview of common obsessions and compulsions, explanation of causes and treatment (to name a few).
My favorite part of the site is their Find Help page. It includes a treatment provider database, which is how I found my therapist. A year ago, I started looking for a therapist who specialized in OCD, but had a hard time finding one. This database is amazing, because it’s full of doctors whose expertise is OCD. They also have information about intensive treatment programs.
Another area of interest for you OCDers will be the book page, which is a long list of recommended books about OCD. If I could afford it (and had the time to read them), I’d probably buy every book on this list, because I can’t seem to get enough when it comes to learning about OCD. I guess you could say I’m obsessed with it.
If you’re a doer, you’ll want to get involved by joining, donating and volunteering (among other things)!
These are just a few of the highlights. There is so much more to see on the IOCDF site. If you have OCD or know someone with OCD, the IOCDF can be an amazing resource!
So please take a few minutes to visit the International OCD Foundation’s site and look around a bit. Leave me a comment with anything interesting or exciting you find! Of if you have been to their site before, how has it helped you in the past?