We are a professionally assisted OCD support group organized and moderated by two prominent mental health professionals. We meet once a month at First Church Congregational, United Church of Christ in Fairfield, CT.
Our mission is to provide an informative group forum which can provide a supportive, informal, empathetic environment for people coping with OCD.
Our group consists of individuals who are OCD sufferers. Usually, these individuals have recovered from their OCD and are presently managing their symptoms. In addition, family members and friends of those who are suffering from OCD are also welcome to participate. In our meetings, we discuss specific topics, such as medication, symptoms, cognitive behavior therapy, etc. The goal of our support group is informational, not therapeutic.
On occasion, guest speakers, including mental health
invited to speak on a specific topic of interest to the group.
Click here to read about how our group became a success story.
We welcome you to join us!
*** Winter & Spring 2014
Meeting Schedule Announced! ***
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& Spring 2014 Meeting Schedule Announced!
We have announced our new meeting schedule for January to June 2014. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings! New participants are always welcome! Go to our Meeting Schedule for dates & times.
Presents The Family to Family Education Program in Newtown, CT
The Family to Family Education Program consists of 12 weekly sessions offering support and education to family members and loved ones of individuals with mental illness. Sessions begin on Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:00–9:30 p.m. at Newtown Christian Church, 210 Sugar St., Newtown, CT. For information and registration contact: Carole @ 203-240-0936 or email@example.com or Sue @ 203.744.4497 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Download this flyer for all information.
Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius to protect access to mental health
medications in Medicare Part D
The Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule that—if finalized—will limit the ability to get anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medications for you, your friends or your family members who participate in Medicare Part D. Tell HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that this would be a big mistake. Sign the Petition!
IOCF OCD Conference will be held in July 2014!
The 21st Annual IOCF OCD Conference will be held July 18–20, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA! This conference is the only national meeting focused solely on OCD. This unique event allows people with OCD and their loved ones to learn about the latest OCD treatment and information alongside the mental health professionals who care for them. The conference website is www.ocd2014.org. If you have any questions, click here.
We have made a couple of great changes to our website. First, we have added an up-to-date news feed from the IOCDF under our "Latest News" section. Secondly, we have created a "News Archive" page to store old news items. We hope that these changes will give you a more pleasurable browsing experience on our site.
Cleaner: People That Understand The Hoarding Problem
Clutter Cleaner is a company that has been cleaning hoarded homes and estates for over 10 years. The company's founder, Matt Paxton, is America’s number one expert on extreme cleaning and hoarding situations and is the author of "The Secret Lives of Hoarders". They have opened an office servicing all of the Connecticut area. Visit their website at www.cluttercleaner.com to learn more about their methods and how they work with hoarders and their families.
FLASH: Final Rule Released on Mental Health Parity and Addiction
Equality Act (MHAEPA)
On November 8, 2013, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S Department of Treasury, issued the final rule to implement The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). This law requires group health plans and health insurance to ensure that financial requirements such as co-pays, deductibles and treatment limitations applicable to mental health or substance use disorder benefits are equal to all medical/surgical benefits, in addition to ensuring equal treatment for residential and outpatient behavioral health care.
Connecticut established as new IOCF affiliate!
We are pleased to announce that OCD Connecticut is now an affiliate of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. They are affiliated and incorporated as OCD Connecticut or OCD CT and they are excited to join the IOCDF to expand their outreach. Their mission as an affiliate is to serve adults, children, and families in Connecticut living with obsessive-compulsive disorder by promoting early intervention and expanding awareness, treatment and research. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of the brain and behavior. OCD causes severe anxiety in those affected. OCD involves both obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values.
Please visit their website at www.ocdct.org and like them on Facebook so they can spread awareness of their affiliate. Contacting them is easy - their phone number is (860) 415-6233 and their email address is CT.email@example.com. Please check their website for upcoming events.
& BDD Online Research Study
An online research study is currently being conducted through George Mason University's Dept. of Psychology to help understand risk factors that predict the most severe outcomes (i.e., social impairment, occupational impairment, depression, suicidality) for those with OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), compared to healthy individuals without these disorders. This research will help to inform and improve empirically-supported treatments for OCD and BDD, in order to reduce the frequency and severity of these severe outcomes. To participate in this online study, please visit: https://gmupsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0VbNTiY74GZOnGt.
at Best" Website
Complex at Best is a website where you can learn how to manage your OCD, anxiety and stress, and how to thrive on life from someone that has actually had the experiences. It is authored and maintained by someone with complex thoughts and a sufferer/learning maintainer of OCD. You can visit the website at www.complexatbest.com.
Web, and Smartphone-Based Self-Help Programs for OCD
New technologies have paved the way for a wide variety of mobile treatment options for OCD, including smartphone-based applications (aka "apps"), and internet and computer-based software programs. These apps and programs have the advantage of being widely accessible and, in some cases, can provide lower cost alternatives to tradtional therapy. For more information, click here to view the OCD Newsletter article that attempts to provide a basic overview of these programs. For a list of smartphone apps, click here.
Every time you do an exposure that makes you anxious, you are taking a step forward to conquering your OCD.
| Become a
member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCF)
As we are currently working on forming an IOCF affiliate for Connecticut, we strongly encourage our support group members to support the IOCF by becoming members of the IOCF. Membership benefits include quarterly newsletters and reduced rates at the annual IOCF conference. To become a member of the IOCF, click here.
|IOCDF Uses Social Media!
Take advantage of IOCDF's social media tools to stay more in touch with the foundation's resources and information. To follow IOCDF on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/IOCDF. To follow IOCDF on Twitter, go to Twitter.com/IOCDF.
|#OCDchat on Twitter!
Due to the success of IOCDF's series of "Ask the Experts" Twitter chats during OCD Awareness Week, they've decided to make this a regular event. Join IOCDF on the 3rd Monday of each month at 8pm ET, while they answer your questions about OCD treatments, resources, and any other questions you may have about OCD. They will also occasionally host guest experts to talk about special topics. It's free to participate... all you need is a Twitter account. Find them with the hashtag #OCDchat. To learn how to participate in a Twitter chat using #OCDchat, click here.
|OCD Challenge Website
OCD Challenge is an online, interactive, behavioral program designed to help people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The program was built by psychologists who are leaders in the field of behavior therapy and have a specialization in the area of OCD. OCD Challenge has three Modules: Assessment, Gaining Awareness and Intervention. Users will be guided through the Modules and taught skills and strategies for managing their OCD behavior. OCD Challenge uses the principles of exposure and response prevention (the treatment of choice for OCD) to help the user to confront and challenge their OCD. OCD Challenge is not therapy and there is not a therapist on the other end of the computer telling you what to do. Instead, OCD Challenge is a program built to interact with the user in a way that is interesting, useful, and moves the user toward change. OCD Challenge is offering 6 months free use of its website with the promo code "POMA" to anyone who is interested. You can access the website at ocdchallenge.com. For a virtual tour of the website go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzR88HLawAg.
|The International OCD Foundation
launches an "OCD in Kids" website
The IOCDF is proud to announce its new website regarding OCD in kids and teens. The foundation's goals in building this website are to educate the general public about OCD, facilitate education and training of mental health professionals, pediatricians, and school personnel, support research into the causes of and effective treatments for pediatric OCD, and improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families, as well as clinicians and school personnel. To access this website, go to ocfoundation.org/ocdinkids/.
|iCounselor OCD App: Your portable
self help tool for your iPhone.
The iCounselor OCD iPhone app teaches you skills to resist obsessions and compulsions! All material was written by a licensed psychotherapist (LCSW) with twenty-five years of counseling experience. This app is compatible with the iPhone or iPod Touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. For more information and to download the app, go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icounselor-ocd/id338431800?mt=8.
|OCD In The
The International OCD Foundation has been working hard to raise public awareness about OCD. As part of this mission, it has created a web page containing many news stories regarding the subject of OCD. To visit this page, go to ocfoundation.org/News.aspx.
|Group Members: Participate in our
online message board discussion topics!
We encourage all group members to use our message board and post your thoughts and comments. Click here to access our message board.
Handouts & Flyers Now Online!
We have placed various handouts and flyers that have been distributed during our support group meetings here on our website. Click here to access them.