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Turning a Childhood Dream Into a Career Helping Children With OCD

Maria Fraire, PhD, has known she wanted to be a therapist since she was eight years old. “People told me, ‘Oh, you’ll change,’ but honestly, I’m a bit tenacious,” said the incoming program director of McLean’s Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). Fraire has been particularly interested in...

McLean and The Boston Foundation Team Up for Mental Health Education

Last month, in honor of World Mental Health Day on October 10, Sean Shinnock, a volunteer in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign, was invited to speak to employees of The Boston Foundation about mental health and the importance of getting help. Sean shared his story of living with severe OCD...

McLean Hospital’s Innovative OCD Program: Two Decades of Progress

Twenty years ago, McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital launched the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI)—an innovative and first-of-its-kind intensive treatment program for individuals living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Since first opening its doors on the...

Patient Perspective: Reflections 20 Years After Seeking Treatment

At 22, Robin did the hardest thing she had ever done in her life: she confronted her fears. Her fear of God, her fear of unintentionally causing others harm, and her fear of germs—all caused by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)—had robbed her of her teen years and she wasn’t going to let the...

Reclaiming Her Freedom: One Young Patient Works to Overcome OCD

For 14-year-old Qun Li Fan, who lives with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), freedom has a meaning all its own. The freedom to participate in everyday activities—such as going to school, playing her violin, or even sleeping in her own bed—was taken away by this disorder. Fan has a type of OCD...

The Roads Oft-Traveled: An Update on OCD Research

The beginnings of 2016 have been exciting times for the OCDI Office of Clinical Assessment and Research, as we expand the scope, scale, and impact of our work. Recent weeks have seen the lab make a big dissemination push at McLean Research Day and at the upcoming ADAA conference, along with efforts...

How One OCD Patient Is Finding Hope

Katie Wilson is a former patient at McLean’s OCD Institute. I am six months pregnant and I am sleeping on a small patch of the living room floor, because every bed, sofa, or other surface in my home feels contaminated to me. Not safe. I am a trained and registered nurse, with a fear of blood that...

All in the Family at the OCD Institute

The OCD Institute (OCDI) is pleased to announce the commencement of a family support group for all family members of current OCDI patients. The group meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6pm and is led by family therapist, Thea Cawley, LICSW. Clinicians at the OCDI know from their...

Keep Dreaming: One Patient’s Journey with OCD

Adira Weixlmann is a former patient at McLean’s OCD Institute (OCDI) Life transitions can be an intense combination of positive and negative. Change creates great excitement and hope for the future, but can also be riddled with intense anxiety and worry about the unknown. As an OCD (obsessive...

New Book Helps in Understanding OCD

As noted in the dedication of Understanding OCD: Skills to Control the Conscience and Outsmart Obsessive Compulsive Disorder this book consists of all the lessons patients that I have had the privilege of working with have taught me. I have learned that, for the most part, no matter what OCD symptom...

Perfectionism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

During the Fall months at the OCD Institute, we often see patients who have gone off to college or back to school struggling with various forms of OCD which may have been easier to cope with over the summer without the stress of school. One often misunderstood problem is that of academic...

22nd Annual OCD Conference Brings Experts, Resources to Boston

More than 1,500 advocates and mental health experts are expected to attend the 22nd Annual OCD Conference beginning Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in the Seaport District. Hosted by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and presented by McLean...

Assessing Without Obsessing: Ways to Check In on Your OCD

If you have ever been in treatment, you probably noticed that most sessions started with a review of the previous week. Did you complete your homework? Did you resist your rituals? Did you use your skills? This information is discussed each week in an effort to objectively assess the thoughts...

The International OCD Foundation Conference: Join the Reunion!

I’ve been attending and participating in the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) annual conference since I helped found the OCD Institute (OCDI) and joined the OCD Foundation Board of Directors in 1998. It’s an event I look forward to each summer, as it serves as a reunion of sorts for clinicians...

Earlier Treatment Promotes Better Lives for Young Patients With OCD

A young boy spent eight hours a day on rituals to ensure that his dog was safe, including securing windows and doors and patrolling his home for perceived danger. A teenager’s dread of contracting AIDS cut her off from ordinary experiences like a first kiss. Children and adolescents with obsessive...

New Survey Will Guide OCD Research and Care

In the OCD Institute Office of Clinical Assessment and Research, we have implemented several new data collection initiatives this year, including efforts to collect information from the family members of patients. Earlier this year, we began contacting family members by email with a link to an...

Through a Mother’s Eyes: The Struggles and Triumphs of OCD

Lynette Peck is mother of a former patient at McLean’s OCD Institute. Tomorrow morning I will move my son into his new dorm room. Already today he and I have packed the car, driven 550 miles, eaten at two restaurants, used a number of public restrooms, chatted, laughed, and listened to countless...