Did you know that 1 in 100 adults likely have OCD? And up to 1 in 200 children? That’s a half a million children in the US alone — roughly the same amount who have juvenile diabetes. OCD can be a debilitating disorder, but there is treatment that can help. Unfortunately, it can take up to 14–17 years from the first onset of symptoms for people to get access to effective treatment, due to obstacles such as stigma and a lack of awareness about mental health, and OCD in particular.
OCD Awareness Week is an international effort to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment. Launched in 2009 by the IOCDF, OCD Awareness Week is now celebrated by a number of organizations across the US and around the world. The OCD Book Festival and OCD Texas Conference in San Antonio are just two of many OCD awareness activities and events planned for OCD Awareness Week 2013. Other events include OCD Screening Days, lectures, conferences, fundraisers, online Q&As, and more.
For a look at more ways that you can get involved in spreading OCD Awareness, and to find a calendar of events and activities in your area, please visit iocdf.org/ocdweek