Monday, April 16, 2012

Workshop #3: New Hope For People With OCD

With our 12th Annual Education Conference fast approaching, today we highlight the third of six workshops offered simultaneously on Saturday afternoon. As we always say, the hardest part of the conference is choosing which workshop to attend! For more information about the conference or to register, click here.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that is characterized by recurring, upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and the repetitive behaviors (compulsions) used to control the anxiety the thoughts cause. These rituals often become so controlling that they interfere with activities of daily living. Typically, it takes 14 to 17 years from the time OCD symptoms start for people to find the right treatment. Fortunately, new treatments for OCD are being developed, offering new hope for people with OCD. During this workshop, Dr. Hudak will discuss these new treatment options, as well as how they are utilized with standard treatment protocol.

Presenter: Robert Hudak, MD, is the assistant professor of psychiatry and medical director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Institute and Clinic at Western Psychiatric.

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