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International OCD Foundation to Help Spread Awareness About #RealOCD as Part of OCD Awareness Week: October 7–13, 2018

Contrary to what is often portrayed in the media, OCD is not a personality quirk, it is a very real and debilitating disorder. This year, as part of OCD Awareness Week, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) will be working to educate the world about what it means to have #RealOCD. The IOCDF will be sharing videos from the community throughout the week, each responding to the statement "What I want you to know about OCD is..."

International OCD Foundation to Help Spread Awareness About #RealOCD as Part of OCD Awareness Week: October 7–13, 2018
Boston, MA, October 08, 2018 --( OCD Awareness Week is an international community effort to raise awareness and understanding about OCD and related disorders. Each year during the 2nd week of October, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) invites community groups, service organizations, and clinics across the US and around the world to celebrate OCD Awareness Week with events such as online webinars, OCD-inspired art exhibits, grassroots fundraisers, and more.

This year, as part of this week-long effort, the IOCDF will be spreading awareness through a new #RealOCD campaign. Through the #RealOCD campaign, the IOCDF will be inviting members of the community to share short videos on social media in which they tell others, “What I want you to know about OCD.” The goal of the campaign will be to help educate the general public about what it’s really like to have OCD and to dispel common stigmas and misinformation.

“Research has shown us that the most effective way to dispel stigma is through storytelling,” says Jeff Szymanski, PhD, Executive Director of the IOCDF. “By encouraging others to talk more openly about their experiences with OCD, we hope that the #RealOCD campaign will increase understanding of what the disorder really is, and why it is more than a personality quirk.”

Here is information about how you can become involved in the #RealOCD campaign and other #OCDweek initiatives.

What does it mean to have #REALOCD
This year, the IOCDF is inviting you to help end stigma by educating others about what it really means to have #RealOCD.

You can participate by creating a short video telling others "What I want you to know about OCD," and posting to social media using #RealOCD.

What you share is entirely up to you, but sharing personal experiences and anecdotes can be especially effective. The IOCDF will be sharing videos from their IOCDF Ambassadors throughout the week and invites you to send your videos to share on their website.

More information and videos are available on the IOCDF website at

Join Live Q&As
IOCDF will be hosting Q&As with experts and Ambassadors on Facebook Live and Reddit throughout the week. The schedule will include:

Monday, October 8th at 12pm ET: Facebook Live

Chris Baier, producer of UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie, along with his daughters, Charlotte and Vanessa, will be answering questions about managing OCD as a family.

Tuesday, October 9th at 12pm ET: Reddit AMA

Denise Egan Stack, LMHC, will be answering questions about the IOCDF's new resource, Anxiety in the Classroom, as well as general questions about recognizing and managing anxiety and OCD.

Wednesday, October 10th at 12pm ET: Facebook Live

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, will be answering questions about OCD symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Thursday, October 11th at 12pm ET: Facebook Live

Ethan S. Smith, IOCDF National Ambassador,will be fielding questions about how to share your story, whether it’s for the first time or as a continued effort to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with #RealOCD.

Find an OCD Awareness Event Near You
Check the OCD Awareness Week Events Calendar at for up-to-the-minute information on OCD awareness events and programming in communities across the globe.

Don’t see an event near you? Start one! To have your event added to the calendar, go to the URL above and fill out the online event submission form.

Promote #OCDWEEK on Social Media
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media networks are a great way to spread awareness about OCD and related disorders.

Use the #OCDweek hashtag all week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to help get OCD Awareness Week trending.

Show you support for Awareness Week by sharing images (available at, or retweeting IOCDF posts.

Change your Facebook or Twitter profile picture to show your support for OCD Awareness by using the exclusive #OCDweek “Twibbon.”

And, of course, follow the IOCDF on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Join Us
The IOCDF invites all members of the community to participate in 2018 OCD Awareness Week. To learn more about OCD and #OCDweek, visit
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