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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Checking In, a newsletter for the McLean Hospital Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) community. We have long thought that a regular update to this community, including former patients, family members, and other friends, would be a fantastic way to keep everyone abreast of changes at the OCDI. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, it seemed appropriate to begin production on a periodical that we hope you will find informative, interesting and filled with poignant and hopeful stories. More than just news, we hope to provide you with information about how the OCDI is moving the diagnosis and treatment of OCD forward through its innovative approaches and ever expanding research program.
In this issue of Checking In, we are thrilled to bring you a first-hand account from Fletcher Wortmann, author of the book Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who shares his thoughts on “breaking up with OCD.” You will also learn about Jesse Crosby, PhD, our first post-doctoral fellow dedicated to research at the OCDI and about the program’s newly expanded Office of Clinical Research.
Finally, we are eager to announce the recent expansion of the OCDI’s on-campus satellite program, Orchard House. Orchard House opened nearly two years ago as an additional residence for OCDI patients, as well as those with related disorders. In July, we opened three additional beds at Orchard House, reconfiguring some clinical programming to accommodate this change. While it not only allows us to treat more patients and reduce wait times, the initial report from patients is that the change has been extremely positive and Orchard House residents are loving the reinvigorated site.
We hope you will pass this newsletter on to friends, colleagues and former OCDI residents so we can continue to update you on the exciting advancements taking place within the program. Please feel free to send us ideas or suggestions, and we already look forward to the release of our next quarterly edition.