Join us on June 2 at Stude Park in Houston as we walk to raise funds and raise awareness about Obsessive Compuslive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, increase access to effective treatment, and help end the stigma surrounding this often paralyzing condition.
The walk is sponsored by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). The IOCDF is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. Founded in 1986 by a small group of individuals with OCD, the IOCDF has grown into an international membership-based organization serving individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members and loved ones, and mental health professionals and researchers. They have affiliates in 25 states and territories in the US. The IOCDF aims to improve outcomes for individuals with OCD and related disorders by:
- Providing resources and support for those affected by OCD, including individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family members, friends, and loved ones.
- Promoting awareness about OCD and related disorders to the OCD community and the general public.
- Increasing access to effective treatment through:
- Educating mental health professionals about evidence-based treatments.
- Providing a forum for professional collaboration and networking.
- Supporting research into the causes of and treatments for OCD and related disorders.
OCD is a serious anxiety-related condition where a person experiences frequent intrusive and unwelcome obsessional thoughts, often followed by repetitive compulsions, impulses or urges. It affects as many as 1 in every 100 people from young children to adults, regardless of gender or social or cultural background. In fact, it can be so debilitating and disabling that the World Health Organisation (WHO) actually ranked OCD in the top ten of the most disabling illnesses of any kind, in terms of lost earnings and diminished quality of life.