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1 MILLION STEPS 4 OCD WALK IN BOSTON ON JUNE 3, 2017!  (May 2, 2017)
OCD Walk
Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, June 3, 2017, for the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk. The International OCD Foundation will be hosting its 5th annual flagship Walk in Boston. Together with members of the OCD community — including individuals with OCD, mental health professionals, friends, family members, coworkers & children — we will walk to help us raise awareness for OCD and related disorders. Registration is now open!

Let’s see how many million steps we can collectively take for OCD if we all work together! 1 in 100 people in the US are living with OCD. And many of those people don’t have access to effective treatment. Help us change that. Take a step and be part of #1million4OCD.

For more details, click here to go to the International OCD Foundation’s Walk registration web page.

“LIVING WITH OCD” – AN OCD AWARENESS WEEK EVENT, OCTOBER 15, 2016  (September 19, 2016)
Hope-Living with OCD Event
OCD Connecticut is hosting “Living With OCD”, an educational and supportive event for people living with OCD and their loved ones. This event, as part of OCD Awareness Week, will feature Christina J. Taylor, Ph.D. and a panel of people living with OCD. Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Sacred Heart University and the author of "OCD: A Workbook for Clinicians, Children and Teens; Actions to Beat, Control & Defeat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder".

This event will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at The Yale Child Study Center, 230 S. Frontage Rd., New Haven, CT, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. This program is FREE and lunch will be provided.

To attend, please register by calling 860-415-6233 or emailing: Ct.ocdf@gmail.com. Click here to download a flyer containing all details.

To learn more about OCD Awareness Week, visit the IOCDF website at iocdf.org/programs/ocdweek.

OCD AWARENESS WEEK, OCTOBER 9-15, 2016  (September 19, 2016)
OCD Awareness Ribbon
OCD Awareness Week is an international effort to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment. Launched in 2009 by the IOCDF, OCD Awareness Week is now celebrated by a number of organizations across the US and around the world, with events such as OCD screening days, lectures, conferences, fundraisers, online Q&As, and more.

OCD Awareness Week takes place during the second full week of October each year, and this year it’s October 9–15, 2016. For more information, visit the IOCDF website at iocdf.org/programs/ocdweek.

ANNUAL OCD CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO, JULY 29 - 31, 2016  (June 2, 2016)
2015 OCD Conference
Since 1993, the Annual OCD Conference has been the only national meeting focused solely on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. 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 features more than 100 presentations, workshops, and seminars as well as nearly two-dozen support groups and various evening events. Our presenters include some of the most experienced and knowledgeable clinicians and researchers in the field, as well as people with OCD and family members sharing their stories about life with OCD.

This will be the 23rd Annual OCD Conference — we hope that you will join us!

For more information, click here to contact the IOCDF.

1 MILLION STEPS 4 OCD WALK IN BOSTON ON JUNE 4, 2016!  (April 18, 2016)
OCD Walk
Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, June 4, 2016, for the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk. The International OCD Foundation will be hosting its 4th annual flagship Walk in Boston. Together with members of the OCD community — including individuals with OCD, mental health professionals, friends, family members, coworkers, children, and even four-legged friends (dogs must be on a leash, of course) — we will walk to help us raise awareness for OCD and related disorders. Registration is now open! Please check the International OCD Foundation's website (iocdf.org/programs/1million4ocdwalk) for more details!
Let’s see how many million steps we can collectively take for OCD if we all work together! 1 in 100 people in the US are living with OCD. And many of those people don’t have access to effective treatment. Help us change that. Take a step and be part of #1million4OCD.

OCD Connecticut has a team walking in Boston and they want you to join them!! Joining Team Connecticut is easy – just go to this link: www.crowdrise.com/susanschuster-1Million4OCD2016-Bos/fundraiser/susanschuster and click on "Register".

Click here to download a flyer.

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH  (May 2016)
IOCDF Spotlight
This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is - Life with a Mental Illness - and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously). Posts will be collected and displayed on a special page on MHA’s website.

Posting with the hashtag (#) will allow people to speak up about their own experiences, to share their point of view with individuals who may be struggling to explain what they are going through—and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness. Sharing is the key to breaking down the discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and to show others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.

Download the 2016 Mental Health Month Toolkit by clicking here.

APRIL EDITION OF "SPOTLIGHT: OCD NEWS AND RESEARCH UPDATES" IS HERE!  (April 27, 2016)
IOCDF Spotlight
This month’s edition features a special quarterly research highlight on hoarding disorder as well as the articles, "Why You Need to Stop Saying You’re 'So OCD'" and "Who Am I? A Student With OCD & Anxiety". Also discussed is a new app designed to help people deal with OCD, as well as other OCD news and research topics.


MARCH EDITION OF "SPOTLIGHT: OCD NEWS AND RESEARCH UPDATES" IS HERE!  (March 29, 2016)
IOCDF Spotlight
Each month the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) brings you the latest in research news and information on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This month’s edition also features a special quarterly research highlight on pediatric OCD.



FEBRUARY EDITION OF "SPOTLIGHT: OCD NEWS AND RESEARCH UPDATES"  (February 8, 2016)
IOCDF Spotlight
Each month the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) brings you the latest in research news and information on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This month’s edition features a special quarterly research highlight on body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).



JANUARY EDITION OF "SPOTLIGHT: OCD NEWS AND RESEARCH UPDATES"  (January 6, 2016)
IOCDF Spotlight
International OCD Foundation's (IOCDF) first 2016 edition of Spotlight: OCD Research News & Updates is out now! The January update includes the latest in research news and information on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) with a special research highlight on hoarding disorder (HD).

This series is also available via email so you can receive the latest research news and information directly in your email inbox. Sign up to receive future issues of Spotlight by going here and selecting the “Spotlight” option on our email signup form.

TELL TARGET: SHOULD OCD REALLY BE A SOURCE OF HOLIDAY CHEER? (IOCDF, November 11, 2015)
Target-OCD Sweater
OCD can destroy lives without proper treatment. But that’s okay because the acronym is funny, edgy, and makes for great jokes on silly and cute holiday sweaters. Many individuals and organizations have shared their disappointment and frustration with a Christmas sweater available now in Target stores across the US that declares whoever wears it a sufferer of “OCD: Obsessive Christmas Disorder.” Let’s help Target understand why this OCD sweater is more than just a silly joke. Continue messaging, tweeting, and emailing Target to let them know how their sweater furthers the stigma and obstacles OCD sufferers too often face in accessing treatment. Get in the holiday spirit by tweeting @Target with a photo of you in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to show Target you’d rather your holiday spirit come dressed in hideous shades of red and green with way too many details and embellishments rather than an inaccurate and dismissive message about OCD. Let Target know this holiday season, you’d rather wear ugly sweaters over lame ones.

“PARENTING YOUR CHILD WITH OCD” Event on Nov. 4th  (October 28, 2015)
OCD Awareness week is behind us, but we are moving forward with the following educational program to continue our mission:

How to Love and Nurture Your Child while Quieting their Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD Connecticut presents this educational program for parents and loved ones of children, adolescents and young adults living with OCD. The program will include a discussion about what OCD is, how it effects your loved one and family, and tips and strategies to support your parenting.

The event will take place on Wed., November 4th from 7:00-8:30pm at Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, CT. For directions, click here.

We hope you will consider attending this program. Click here to download a flyer with all the details. You can also visit OCD Connecticut's website at ocdct.org.

OCD AWARENESS WEEK EVENT on OCTOBER 10, 2015  (September 19, 2015)
OCD Awareness Week Event
An OCD Awareness Week Presentation will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Yale New Haven Child Study Center. Click here for more information. To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-with-ocd-an-ocd-awareness-event-tickets-18658860153.



OCD AWARENESS WEEK, OCTOBER 11-17, 2015  (September 19, 2015)
OCD Awareness Week Event
OCD Awareness Week is an international effort to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment. Launched in 2009 by the IOCDF, OCD Awareness Week is now celebrated by a number of organizations across the US and around the world, with events such as OCD screening days, lectures, conferences, fundraisers, online Q&As, and more. For more information, click here.

Annual OCD Conference in Boston, July 31–August 2, 2015  (June 6, 2015)
2015 OCD Conference
Since 1993, the Annual OCD Conference has been the only national meeting focused solely on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. 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 features more than 100 presentations, workshops, and seminars as well as nearly two-dozen support groups and various evening events. The presenters include some of the most experienced and knowledgeable clinicians and researchers in the field, as well as people with OCD and family members sharing their stories about life with OCD.
This year is the 22nd Annual OCD Conference — we hope that you will join us to make this the best Conference yet!
More questions? Click here to contact the IOCDF.
Want to receive updates from the IOCDF about the latest Conference information? Click here to sign up to receive updates via email.


1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston on June 6, 2015  (March 23, 2015)
OCD Walk
Mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, June 6, 2015, for the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk. The International OCD Foundation will be hosting its 3rd annual flagship Walk in Boston. Together with members of the OCD community — including individuals with OCD, mental health professionals, friends, family members, coworkers, children, and even four-legged friends (dogs must be on a leash, of course) — we will walk to help us raise awareness for OCD and related disorders. Walk registration will open on April 6, 2015, so please check the International OCD Foundation's website (iocdf.org/programs/1million4ocdwalk) soon for more details!
Let’s see how many million steps we can collectively take for OCD if we all work together! 1 in 100 people in the US are living with OCD. And many of those people don’t have access to effective treatment. Help us change that. Take a step and be part of #1million4OCD.

OCD Connecticut has a team walking in Boston and they want you to join them!! Joining Team Connecticut is easy – just go to this link: www.crowdrise.com/susanschuster-1million4ocd2015/fundraiser/susanschuster and click on Join.
Click here to download a flyer containing all details.

May is Mental Health Month!
May 2015-Mental Health Month
For over 65 years, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental health and mental illness. Addressing mental health before Stage 4—this year’s theme for the month—calls attention to the importance addressing mental health symptoms early, identifying potential underlying diseases, and planning an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. Download the Mental Health Month Fact Sheet and the Mental Health Month Calendar with daily tips to boost your mind and body. For more information, click here.

Teen Mental Health Seminar, May 7, 2015 in Hartford, CT (April 21, 2015)
Teen Mental Health
On May 7, 2015, the Connecticut Health I-Team will host “Uncovering Our Kids: Towards a Better Understanding of Teen Mental Health” at The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence St. in Hartford, CT. The event is being held in collaboration with ConnectiCare and Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living. For information or to purchase tickets, click here.

A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day (The New York Times) (November 24, 2014)
GratitudeThanksgiving, the most psychologically correct holiday of the year is upon us. Thanksgiving may be the holiday from hell for nutritionists, and it produces plenty of war stories for psychiatrists dealing with drunken family meltdowns. But it has recently become the favorite feast of psychologists studying the consequences of giving thanks. Click here to read this New York Times article that fully discusses that cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" is linked to better mental and physical health.


OCD AWARENESS DAY, OCTOBER 18th!! (October 8, 2014)
OCD ConnecticutAn OCD Awareness Week presentation for individuals with OCD and their family members is being held in New Haven, CT on Saturday, October 18, 2014. We encourage you to join us in this special event as we expect it to be very informative and rewarding. This program is free and lunch will be provided. For more information, download this flyer. To register for the event, go to ocdweekct2014.eventbrite.com. If you wish to participate in the Support Group session at the event with Dr. Sholomskas and Dr. Taylor, please confirm by sending an email to Taylorc@sacredheart.edu.

OCD Walk a Success!! (June 10, 2014)
2014 OCD Walk CT Participants
The 2014 OCD Walk this past weekend in Boston was a success! The weather couldn't have been more beautiful and the location, Jamaica Pond, was breathtaking! The people were very nice and it felt like we were a community. Close to $35,000 was raised! We had a good group from CT, including some members of our support group and a number of people from the OCD Connecticut group. Those of us that walked are very proud to have participated in such a wonderful event that heightened more awareness about OCD and raised funds to support the important work of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). We are very grateful to those of you that donated! We encourage you to participate in next year's walk! Click here to view a photo of some of the Connecticut participants. For more photos, click here. To read an article and see photos from the IOCDF about the walk, click here.

The 2014 IOCF OCD Conference will be held in July 2014!
International OCD Foundation
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.

OCD Connecticut Team Walk in Boston, Saturday, June 7, 2014!!
1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk
OCD Connecticut and our support group have a team walking in the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Boston on Saturday, June 7, 2014 and we want you to join us!! Joining Team Connecticut is easy. Just go to www.firstgiving.com/team/260675 and click on "Join Team". It costs $25 to register! If you are concerned about transportation to the walk, let OCD Connecticut know and they will make arrangements! For details about the walk, click here. For more information, e-mail CT.ocdf@gmail.com or call 860-415-6233. To download the flyer, click here. We invite all of you to join us as we walk for OCD awareness. We would love to have a decent group to show our support. Come on and join us...it will be a fun day!!

Stress & Anxiety Talk at Fairfield Public Library on May 29! (May 27, 2014)
Southwest Regional Mental Health Board, Inc.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board is pleased to present a talk on stress & anxiety by Dr. Marcia Eckerd, clinical psychologist, this coming Thursday night, May 29, from 7:00-8:30pm, at Fairfield Public Library. Her talk has been extremely well received by other local communities. Please spread the word!

May is Mental Health Month!
May 2014-Mental Health Month
For 65 years, Mental Health America and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of "May is Mental Health Month" by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. The 2014 May is Mental Health Month theme is “Mind Your Health.” Its goals are to build public recognition about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness; inform people of the ways that the mind and body interact with each other; and provide tips and tools for taking positive actions to protect mental health and promote whole health. For more information, click here. Download the Mind Your Health Calendar with daily tips to boost your mind and body.

Tell U.S. Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius to protect access to mental health medications in Medicare Part D
NAMI
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!

NAMI Presents The Family to Family Education Program in Newtown, CT
NAMI
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 hartanti@aol.com or Sue @ 203.744.4497 or suepaulsen@gmail.com. Download this flyer for all information.

OCD & BDD Online Research Study
George Mason University
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.

ADAA Recycling Challenge Fundraiser: Donate Your Used iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Blackberrys
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) has partnered with Revivn, a company that recycles smartphones (iPhones, Samsung, LG, Android), Blackberrys, e-readers, iPods, iPads, and other electronic devices whether they are broken or in working order. Revivn will pay ADAA for each device, and the funds will support ADAA's professional and public education activities. Its goal is to raise $10,000, and it knows you can help them. Revivn wipes clean all stored information, guaranteeing your privacy. You will receive a receipt for your donation. Find more details here (Website No Longer Exists).

"Complex at Best" Website
Complex at Best
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 (Website No Longer Exists).

OCD Connecticut established as new IOCF affiliate!
OCD Connecticut
OCD Connecticut is a new non-profit, incorporated group of dedicated and compassionate individuals who share a similar mission in support of adults, families and loved ones who are affected by OCD. Its objective is to support you and your loved ones in any way it can. The group's goals are many and it wants to hear from you about what you feel is needed in the state of Connecticut for people living with OCD. You can visit its website at www.ocdct.org.

We are currently working on forming an IOCF affiliate for Connecticut!
IOCF
We are very happy to announce that our support group's co-moderators, Dr. Diane Sholomskas and Dr. Christina Taylor, are currently working on forming an IOCF (International OCD Foundation) affiliate for Connecticut with a core group led by Susan Schuster of the Shoreline OCD Support Group in Niantic, CT. An affiliate is designed to carry out the mission of the IOCF through programs at the local, community level. To read information about the procedures regarding the formation of an affiliate, click here. We will keep you updated on the progress of forming the affiliate on this website.

The Next Wave in Mental Health: Announcing the 2013 NAMI Connecticut Annual Conference!
NAMI
NAMI Connecticut (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is holding a state conference on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). In the last few years there is much that we have learned about the brain and mental health disorders. This conference will focus on some of the research that is ongoing as well as what we know works right now. Online registration starts on August 15, 2013 at www.namict.org. Click here to obtain a conference agenda.

Take Action in the Wake of Newtown School Shooting
NAMIAfter the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and other members of the mental health community met at the White House as part of Vice President Joseph Biden’s task force to examine what can be done to prevent such mass shootings in the future. Headlines surrounding the task force’s work have focused on gun control and violent video games, but the meeting focused strongly on the urgent need to strengthen and expand mental health services. In the coming weeks, the President and Congress should step forward and make a clear commitment to mental health care.
Do your part. Contact your federal elected officials and urge them to speak out for mental health care by clicking here.
Thank you for making a difference! Ask your friends and family members to take action, too. Forward this email to five people, tweet your support or share the following message on Facebook. “I asked my legislators to strengthen mental health care in the wake of Newtown. Go to www.capwiz.com/nami to make your voice heard too!”

Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance & IOCDF release the "We Believe Video"
International OCD FoundationIOCDF (International OCD Foundation) Spokesperson and Adversity 2 Advocacy founder, Jeff Bell, produced this amazing new video — with help from many of you — to share a message of hope for people with OCD. What better way than to leave your own message of hope for the OCD community? To access the video, click here.

Reactions to Hoarding Research Study
Ryerson UniversityRyerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is currently working on a research project that investigates loved ones' reactions to hoarding-related behaviors (difficulty discarding, acquiring clutter). Specifically, it is interested in understanding the ways in which loved ones may modify their behaviors or routines, as a result of an individual's hoarding-related behaviors. Currently, the study includes an individual with a hoarding problem and his/her loved one (i.e., family member or intimate partner). If eligible, each individual will be asked to complete a one telephone interview (which takes about 1.5 hours) and an online questionnaire package (which takes about 1 hour). Thus, participants do not need to come into the lab to complete the study. If you would like more information about the study, please feel free to visit its website: http://www.hoardingstudy.ca/Reactions_to_Hoarding_Research_Study/Study_Information.html .

Fairfield County OCD Support Group Kick Off for 2011
Blog
Our group's co-moderator, Christina J. Taylor, Ph.D., posted an article in her blog highlighting her insights about our fantastic first group meeting of 2011! Dr. Taylor's blog is located at cjtaylorphd.wordpress.com.


Hoarding is not just on TV, it's a real disease in our communities
CTPost.com
Currently considered a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding directly affects about 2 million people nationally. The illness doesn't just involve the hoarder, but friends, family and, sometimes, the entire community. Click here to read the article on ctpost.com.

The Yale OCD Research Clinic Offers Cutting-Edge Advances in Understanding & Treating OCD
Yale OCD Clinic
The Yale OCD Research Clinic has a 25-year history of groundbreaking advances in the understanding and treatment of OCD. The clinic's current research is focused on a new hypothesis of OCD: that its symptoms may result from an imbalance in the brain of the neurotransmitter glutamate. Medications that modulate glutamate levels may help those patients who get little or no benefit from established therapies. Recent studies suggest that glutamate-modulating drugs hold promise for some patients with difficult-to-treat OCD. If you are interested in learning more about the clinic and its research, please contact them at 203-974-7523 or visit www.med.yale.edu/psych/clinics/OCD Research Clinic/OCDindex.htm.

Visit OCDSymptoms, a wonderful OCD website from the UK
OCDSymptomsOCDSymptoms is an enlightening website from the United Kingdom specifically created to offer a unique reference point on extensive advice about OCD causes and treatments. It is continually updated with new content. Check out the following three new articles they added to their site in September: Self-help for OCD, Treating OCD with Herbal Remedies, & Types of OCD.

Center For Anxiety Disorders and Phobias Launches New Website
The Center For Anxiety Disorders and Phobias has launched an impressive & informative new website. With offices in Hamden & Fairfield, CT, the center provides a wide range of highly effective treatments, consultative services, education and training of patients, their families, other professionals, and the community. Its professional staff provides comprehensive, scientifically based treatments for anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic disorder & phobias. For more information, visit www.anxietyrx.net.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Collaborative Genetics Association Research Study
Massachusetts General HospitalA team of scientists and clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, are conducting a study with teams at five other university medical centers and the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate genes responsible for the development of OCD. They hope that by knowing these genes it may lead to improved understanding and treatment of the disorder. The study team is looking for individuals age 8 years and older with a diagnosis of OCD (where symptoms started before 18 years) and both of his or her parents. Study entry requires involvement of the OCD-affected individual and both parents. For more information, visit www.ocdgenetics.org.

TLC Presents New Reality Series "Hoarding: Buried Alive"
TLCHoarding: Buried Alive goes inside the homes of extreme hoarders to explore the psychology behind their compulsion to accumulate and store large quantities of nonessential things. Each episode will tell the stories of two severe hoarders struggling with behavior that has made every day existence unbearable for both them and their loved ones. With the help of expert therapists and organizers, the hoarders will attempt to unlock the key to their obsessions in the hope of reclaiming their lives. Episodes air on Sunday nights (Check your local TV listings). For more information visit tlc.discovery.com/tv/hoarding-buried-alive/.

The OC Foundation is now called the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
International OCD FoundationTo better reflect its purpose as the foremost global resource regarding OCD and related illnesses, the OC Foundation has recently changed its name to the International OCD Foundation. However, its mission remains the same: to exist as an organization created to educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided, support research into the causes of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders, improve access to resources for those with OCD and their families, and advocate and lobby on behalf of the OCD community.

A&E presents the original non-fiction series "Hoarders"
A&EA&E profiles people with the compulsive-hoarding disorder. Each episode is a fascinating look inside the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis. They are all desperately in need of help. A&E captures the drama as experts work to put each on the road to recovery. For more information visit www.aetv.com/hoarders/.

Come Join the Happiness Club!
Happier, Live BetterThe Happiness Club is an organization with the mission to promote the benefits of being happy through meetings, newsletters, and an informative web site. Meetings include a presentation by professional speakers on happiness. Everyone is welcome; admission is free. Meet some wonderful people using happiness in their lives. Learn to have the peace of mind you need and experience happiness now. Meetings are held in the Fairfield, CT area. For more information and meeting locations, visit the club's website at happinessclub.com.

Exciting New OCD Clinical Research at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT
The Institute of Living The Anxiety Disorders Center at Hartford Hospital/The Institute of Living is conducting research on new ways to treat OCD. Participants in the ongoing studies will receive free treatment -- either cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or a medication, depending on which study enrollment is in. For more information please call (860) 545-7039 or visit www.instituteofliving.org/ADC/OCDResearch.htm.




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