I'm Jeff Szymanski, PhD - Executive Director of the International OCD Foundation. Today is the first day of OCD Awareness Week. AMA!
I'm Jeff Szymanski, PhD. I am currently the executive director of the International OCD Foundation. I was the Director of Psychological Services at McLean Hospital’s OCD Institute, and I am the author of: “The Perfectionist’s Handbook”. I am also a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. I've done over 80 professional presentations on OCD, including international trainings, in China, Japan, and Ireland. I'm here as part of OCD Awareness Week. AMA
Hello Everyone! Thank you so much for participating in this Q&A today. I will be back on tomorrow at 11am EST to answer more questions. If I didn't get to yours today I will prioritize those tomorrow.
And in the spirit of PANDAS Awareness Day, it would be great if everyone could consider reading about PANDAS/PANS and then making a commitment to talk with 2-3 people today about what you learned. Education goes a long way in spreading awareness and decreasing stigma. See you all tomorrow!
Jeff Szymanski, PhD
Welcome to the second day of OCD Awareness Week #OCDWeek. I will begin by answering questions from yesterday and then will move onto any new ones submitted until 12pm EST today. I will be back tomorrow if people continue to have questions! Have you told anyone about OCD Awareness Week?
So I am still 15 questions behind! But I will be back tomorrow to continue answering all of these really great questions. Thank you everyone for continuing to participate. I will be back tomorrow from 11am -12pm EST to catch up on questions I'm behind on and answer any new ones. Have you shared with anyone anything you have learned from this AMA?
Hello! I'm back here to answer more questions for the next hour. I believe I am behind, but will try to get through as many as possible today. I will be back again tomorrow and Friday if there are more questions! Thank you everyone for participating!
I'm close to being caught up! Many really good questions continuing to be asked. Please ask more. I will be back tomorrow. I would also be interested in hearing from people about how they might have been more active in OCD Awareness Week after having participated in this AMA!
Hello all! I am back for Day 4 of this AMA during OCD Awareness Week. Tomorrow I am off to our first OCD DC Capital Walk: Step Up! Speak Up! https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/ocdcapital-walk We are launching this initiative to begin to increase our advocacy efforts around improving access to care for those in the OCD and related disorders community.
Thank you again everyone for participating in this AMA. It looks like there were 165 comments in total! As the number of questions appears to have leveled off we will call it a day. As I mentioned I am off tomorrow to our OCD DC Capital Walk: Step Up! Speak Up! https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/ocdcapital-walk Hope to see some of you there and thank you for participating!