Category Archives: Site News

The Southern California Affiliate of the IOCDF Keynote Addresses/2nd Annual Conference

Click here to watch the Southern California OCD Affiliate’s 2nd annual conference 2 keynote addresses. The first is mine and discusses uncertainty and a number of primary mental obsessions. The second if Ethan Smith, a comedian, actor, spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation and generally a great guy.

Free OCD Speakers Series & USC Genetic Study Event

WHEN:
Sunday March 13 2016,  10:30am – 4:00pm (if you have OCD or an OCD related disorder ( hoarding, skin picking, hairpulling, body dysmorphic disorder, you may be eligible to participate! Study enrollment opens at 10:30)

WHERE:
Courtyard Marriott Pasadena
180 N Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA
(Free parking on the street)

RSVP:
By March 7, 2016 to vannoppe@usc.edu

* Light refreshments will be provided

Presentations:

11:00am-12:15pm
Jonathan Grayson, PhD, The Grayson LA Treatment Center for Anxiety and OCD
“The ABC’s of OCD: Understanding OCD and its Treatment”

1:00 pm-1:45 pm:
Barbara Van Noppen, PhD, University of Southern California
“The Role of Family in OCD”

1:45pm-2:30pm:
Chris Trondsen, The Gateway Institute
“Life Beyond OCD”

2:30pm-3:30pm:
Question and Answer Panel

10:30am-4:00pm:
**Study Enrollment all day (compensation will be provided)

* Research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
   Approved by USC HS-IRB 10-00299.

OCD Treatment In LA!

It’s official, I will be relocating to LA on Dec. 1 this year and starting a new anxiety and OCD treatment center there. The new office will be in LA county (I’m open to suggestions for possible locations, but please have reasons other than convenient to where you might live). Go to LAOCDTreatment.com  for:

  1. New center updates or;
  2. if you are interested in becoming a patient or;
  3. joining the free GOAL support group

 

 

OCD and Hope

OCD can be devastating, but there is treatment that works.  When reading comments from other readers that may sound hopeless, please search through the thread – it is likely that earlier on I did discuss some of what can be done for that manifestation of OCD.  I’ve been working with OCD since 1978 (I know, I’m ancient) and I haven’t seen a manifestation/presentation that can’t be treated successfully.  At the same time, I have seen many people suffer needlessly from bad treatment.  If you’re seeing a therapist and that therapist doesn’t mention exposure and response prevention as a part of treatment, you are probably in the wrong office.  The updated edition of my book (Freedom From OCD) covers many different OCD presentations.  If yours isn’t in it, it doesn’t mean you are untreatable, so there is no reason to give up hope.  A good place to find  a therapist is the Find-A-Therapist section of the International OCD Foundation‘s website and you should look for someone who is BTTI faculty or a BTTI graduate.  Take care all and don’t lose hope.

Freedom From OCD 2nd Edition is Now Available!

The second edition of Freedom From OCD is now available.  It includes updated treatment information (e.g. incorporating ACT into ERP), more OCD presentations (e.g. Relationship OCD, Sensory-Focused OCD, Obsessing about Obsessing) and others.
There is also a website for the new edition:  FreedomFromOCD.com.   The website allows users to download all of the forms that appear in the book for free.  In addition, the FreedomFromOCD.com, website makes available other OCD articles and  MP3s (currently just 1) that can be used for scripts.
The materials on the site are for anyone to use, purchase of the book is not necessary.

SITE NEWS — 2nd Edition of Freedom from OCD has a publication date!

For those of you who have been checking this site, I’d like to thank you for your support and apologize for not blogging enough.

Update on the release of the 2nd edition of Freedom from OCD.  I just heard from the publisher that the release date is April 1, 2014.   At worst, the book would be 1 or 2 weeks later.  The 2nd addition will include additional manifestations of OCD, such a relationship OCD, sections on coping with treatment interfering behaviors (TIBs), how to add Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to your program of exposure and response prevention and much more.  In addition, because in the electronic editions of the book, the forms aren’t printable, they will be available for free download on a site, that I will announce when we have it up and running.

Again thanks for your patience and remember, OCD is a problem that can be ruled by you rather than the reverse.

Contact Information and Site News

Dr. Grayson can be contacted at:
The Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia
1616 Walnut Street, Suite 714
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-735-7588
Website: www.ocdphiladelphia.com

 

Bi- Weekly blogs and articles by Dr. Jonathan Grayson and his colleages about OCD, including:

Types of OCD and how to cope with them;

Creating scripts for OCD;

Discovering your OCD treatment motivators;

and more…