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IOCDF Conference 2018

The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to help everyone affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Their aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who…

Researcher Highlight

Dr. Joseph McNamara, PhD completed doctoral degrees in counseling and developmental psychology. He has completed an internship in clinical and health psychology and a psychology residency at the University of Florida. His most recent work includes looking at the link between ADHD-like inattention and obsessions and compulsions during treatment of youth with OCD.

I was getting buried in clutter. Here’s how I finally got free

“With closets overstuffed with clothes that didn’t fit, pots that threatened an avalanche every time I wanted to boil an egg and bookshelves packed two volumes deep, my apartment felt burdened. Growing piles of rubber tubs made it onerous to clean the floors — especially because my vacuum resided behind the bags of miscellaneous “stuff”…

Researchers discover “Anxiety Cells” in the brain

“Scientists have found specialized brain cells in mice that appear to control anxiety levels. The finding, reported Wednesday in the journal Neuron, could eventually lead to better treatments for anxiety disorders, which affect nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S”. Click here to read more  

2018 Psychiatry Superior Accomplishment Award Winner

The Health Science Center Superior Accomplishment Awards Committee has selected individuals, amongst them Robyn Nelson, to receive Super Accomplishment Awards for 2018. The University of Florida Superior Accomplishment Awards program recognizes faculty and staff who have shown efficiency or economy in their work, have contributed outstanding and meritorious service, or who have improved the quality of life…

Inside OCD: I am not my illness

Inside OCD is a collaborative storytelling event created by an exceptional group of people who live with an OCD diagnosis, their family members, and a clinician from the OCD clinic. Participants have worked together over ten weeks to share their personal stories of living with OCD with a focus on developing storytelling skills. As a…

OCD Awareness

    To raise awareness for obsessive-compulsive disorder, members from the University of Florida Center for OCD and Related Anxiety Disorders exhibited in the UF Health Shands Hospital Atrium. Pictured is Robyn Nelson, research coordinator.    

The Mushroom Cure

Sometimes, laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes, it’s psychedelic mushrooms. For Adam Strauss—comedian, storyteller, and OCD sufferer—it was the latter that piqued his interests. Inspired by a scientific study suggesting that hallucinogenic mushrooms can potentially treat the symptoms of his obsessive-compulsive disorder, he embarked on a self-described “program of vigilante psychopharmacology.” If you missed…