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#OCDchat - Ask the Experts Online

 OCDchat IconDue to the success of our series of "Ask the Experts" Twitter chats during OCD Awareness Week, we've decided to make this a regular event. Join us each month (times/dates TBA), while we answer your questions about OCD treatments, resources, and any other questions you may have about OCD. We'll also occasionally host guest experts to talk about special topics. It's free to participate.

In order to make this chat easy to participate in for EVERYONE, you no longer need Twitter to access the chat. If you do not have Twitter, you can simply use the chat window on our website here: http://www.iocdf.org/chat. There is no login, registration, account, or anything needed. Simply view the chat, and ask your questions in the text box below the chat window.

If you do have Twitter, you can still ask your questions by Tweeting at @IOCDF and using the hashtag #OCDchat, and we will answer the questions as usual. Or you can follow along in the chat window on our website here: http://www.iocdf.org/chat

Our next chat series will take place during OCD Awareness Week 2013: Monday – Friday, October 14th - 18th at 12pm ET every weekday.  

The schedule for these upcoming chats is: 

 Mon, 10/14 at 12pm ET – Coming Out with OCD with Alison Dotson, Jackie Sommers, & Shannon Shy  View the Archive Now!
Join the conversation about “coming out” to friends, family, and coworkers about having OCD. Get support, talk about your coming out experiences, and why stigma still makes this a challenge.  Alison Dotson and Jackie Lea Sommers are both guest contributors to the IOCDF blog where they write about their experiences with OCD.  Shannon Shy is a board member of the IOCDF, as well as the author of the book “It’ll be Okay.” How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life, about confronting and overcoming OCD.

Tue, 10/15 at 12pm ET – Starting your own OCD Support Group with Denise Egan Stack, LMHC, Marissa Keegan, & Jeff Szymanski, PhD   Join Now!
Don’t have a support group near you? Learn how to start your own! Denise Egan Stack, LMHC, is the current Board President of the IOCDF, president of OCD Massachusetts, and co-director of Cape & Islands CBI, where she coordinates a number of support groups across the state in her roles with the OCD Mass affiliate and her private practice. Marissa Keegan is the Program Director of the IOCDF, and Dr. Szymanski is the executive director of the IOCDF and a clinical psychologist.

Wed, 10/16 at 3:30pm ET - OCD Q&A for Teens and Young Adults with Fred Penzel, PhD 
Teens and Young Adults: now is your chance to ask all of your questions about OCD, treatment, and life with OCD. Guest expert Fred Penzel, PhD, runs the always popular OCD support group for teens at the Annual OCD Conference. Dr. Penzel is a licensed psychologist, and is the executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services. Within his practice, he specializes in the Cognitive/Behavioral treatment of OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors such as Trichotillomania and Compulsive Skin-picking, Panic and Agoraphobia, phobias, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Thur, 10/17 at 12pm ET - OCD Research Updates with Jon Abramowitz, PhD 
Dr. Abramowitz is a Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and the author of Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life. You can find him on Twitter as @DrJonAbram.

Fri, 10/18 at 12pm ET – OCD Medication Q&A with Wayne Goodman, PhD  
Dr. Goodman is a Professor & Chair of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. As Chair of Psychiatry, Dr. Goodman works closely with the new Mount Sinai Brain Institute to conduct research on neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and mood disorders. Dr. Goodman is an expert psycho-pharmacologist who previously served as Chair of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee. Dr. Goodman is also the co-founder of the International OCD Foundation, and won the 2012 IOCDF Career Achievement Award for his dedicated service to the OCD community. 

To participate in the chats, you can go to http://www.iocdf.org/chat,  or find us on Twitter with the hashtag #OCDchat.

#OCDchat Archive!

Missed our last #ocdchat? View transcripts of previous chats here. And be sure to join us for the next live chat on the 3rd Monday of each Month!

Date  Topic  Featured Expert(s)  Archive 
Thursday, 10/17/13 OCD Research Updates Jon Abramowitz, PhD  View Archive 
Wednesday, 10/16/13 OCD Q&A for Teens and Young Adults Fred Penzel, PhD, Chris Trondsen, Jack Lindley & Liz Lindley  View Archive 
Tuesday, 10/15/13 Starting your own OCD Support Group Denise Egan Stack, LMHC  View Archive 
Monday, 10/14/13 Coming Out with OCD Jackie Lea Sommers, Alison Dotson, & Shannon Shy  View archive 
Monday, 6/16/13 Q+A about the Annual OCD Conference Jeff Szymanski, PhD & Marissa Keegan  View archive 
Monday, 5/13/13 Body Dysmorphic Disorder Jamie Feusner, MD, & Carrie Asselin  View archive 
Monday, 3/18/13 Hoarding Disorder Randy O. Frost, PhD  View archive 
Monday, 2/18/13 OCD in Kids and Teens Fred Penzel, PhD  View archive 
Tuesday, 1/29/13 ABC News Chat with Dr. Besser Jeff Szymanski, PhD  View archive 
Monday, 12/17/12 General OCD Questions Jeff Szymanski, PhD  View archive 
Friday, 10/12/12 Related Disorders (Hoarding, BDD, TS) Fugen Neziroglu, PhD  View archive 
Thursday, 10/11/12 Teens and OCD Fred Penzel, PhD  View archive 
Wednesday, 10/10/12 OCD and Relationships Jon Abramowitz, PhD  View archive 
Tuesday, 10/9/12 OCD Treatment and Medication Q+A Jamie Feusner, MD, and Gerald Nestadt, MD, MPH  View archive 
Monday, 10/8/12 OCD Awareness Week and General OCD Questions Jeff Szymanski, PhD  Not available

About the Experts

Jeff Szymanski, PhD | @DrJeffSzymanski
Dr. Szymanski is the executive director of the International OCD Foundation and author of The Perfectionists’ Handbook. Dr. Szymanski is also a clinical psychologist, who previously worked at McLean Hospital’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI), a residential facility for individuals with severe and refractory OCD. Dr. Szymanski has a long track record of teaching and training. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, he has supervised pre-doctoral psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and has run Cognitive Behavior Therapy seminars. He also keeps a blog on Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-perfectionists-handbook 

 Marissa Keegan 

Marissa is the Program Director of the International OCD Foundation and the head of the Annual OCD Conference team.  She took over as Program Director from Michael Spigler earlier this year after he left the Foundation. She has worked for the Foundation, and helped run the Annual OCD Conference, since 2010, in her capacity as Program Coordinator, Assistant Program Director, and now, Program Director.

Jamie Feusner, MD | @OCDresearch and @BDD_anorexia
Dr. Feusner is an Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He has been treating patients in the UCLA Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program since 2002, and has been director of the program since 2006. He also runs the @OCDresearch and @BDD_anorexia Twitter accounts for the UCLA Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program.

Gerald Nestadt, MD, MPH | @DrGerryNestadt
Dr. Nestadt is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Professor of Mental Health in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He is active in research, clinical treatment, and education in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This research, funded by the NIMH, involves investigating the genetic etiology of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is the director of the Johns Hopkins OCD clinic, and teaches residents and students about this disorder. In addition to studying OCD, he is involved in genetic research into schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and epidemiological research studying personality in the general population.

Jon Abramowitz, PhD | @DrJonAbram
Dr. Abramowitz is a Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. 

Fred Penzel, PhD | @DrFredPenzel
Dr. Penzel is a licensed psychologist, and holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Hofstra University in School and Clinical Psychology. He is the executive director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services. Within his practice, he specializes in the Cognitive/Behavioral treatment of OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Body-focused Repetitive Behaviors such as Trichotillomania and Compulsive Skin-picking, Panic and Agoraphobia, phobias, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Fugen Neziroglu, PhD | @biobehavinst
Fugen Neziroglu, PhD, ABBP, ABPP is the Clinical Director of the Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, New York and a Professor at Hofstra and New York University. She is a cognitive behavior therapist who is board certified in Behavior and Cognitive as well as in Clinical Psychology and a fellow of the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. Dr. Neziroglu specializes in obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders and has published over 125 articles in scientific journals and 12 books on obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders that have been translated into several languages. Dr. Neziroglu has devoted her entire professional life to study better methods of treatment for OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and other spectrum disorders. She is on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation.

Randy O. Frost, PhD | @DrRandyFrost
Dr. Frost received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1977 and is currently the Harold and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College. He is an internationally recognized expert on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and hoarding and has published more than 130 scientific articles and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Frost serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation. He has co-authored several books on hoarding including Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide and an accompanying workbook as well as Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding. His work has been funded by the IOCDF and NIMH. He has served as consultant to several communities in setting up task forces to deal with the problem of compulsive hoarding. His newest book, Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things, was published in 2010. See some of his videos here. 

Denise Egan Stack, LMHC
Denise Egan Stack, LMHC, is the current Board President of the IOCDF, president of OCD Massachusetts, and co-director of Cape & Islands CBI, where she coordinates a number of support groups across the state in her roles with the OCD Mass affiliate and her private practice.

Chris Trondsen
Chris Trondsen helped organize this year’s first-ever Young Adult Track at the 20th Annual OCD Conference in Atlanta. Chris is also on the IOCDF Speaker’s Bureau, and regularly speaks out about his experiences as a young man with OCD in an effort to help others get information and treatment for OCD so they won’t have to suffer as long as he did without any knowledge or awareness of what they are suffering from. He also helps run a support group for individuals with OCD in Southern California.

Jack Lindley
Jack Lindley is a teen OCD advocate from Ohio who has spoken on the Teen Success Panel and helps run the Icky, Sticky Fun & Games for Kids session at the Annual OCD Conference.

Liz Lindley
Liz Lindley, parent and OCD-Midwest volunteer. Chairperson for fundraiser, PingPong for OCD and co-facilitator of NAMI support group for parents of Children with OCD. Past presenter at the Annual OCD Conference.