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OCD--What It Is, What Causes It, and How It Is Treated--is the Topic of Free Public Education Program

On Thursday, November 4, 2010, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) experts from Butler Hospital will provide the latest information on OCD, including the causes of the illness, the latest treatments, and current research programs exploring innovative ways of helping people and families affected by the disorder.

People suffering from OCD have obsessions that cause extreme fear, anxiety and stress. Obsessions can take many forms, from fear of germs and contamination to unwanted sexual thoughts or fears of doing something that will offend God. In an effort to reduce the effects of the obsessions, people engage in compulsive behaviors such as excessive and repetitive washing and cleaning, checking or constantly replaying an event that happened in one’s life. In the most severe cases, OCD can lead to a variety of serious employment, marital and family problems and can result in suicide.

Three experts on OCD and related disorders, including hoarding, will be on hand at Butler’s program to answer any questions people have and provide advice. Leading the program will be Benjamin Greenberg, MD, PhD, director of Butler Hospital’s Outpatient Program and associate professor of psychiatry at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Joining him will be two of his colleagues, Nicole McLaughlin, PhD, a neuropsychologist in Butler’s OCD Program, and Maria Mancebo, PhD, a clinical psychologist in the OCD Program. They will be discussing such issues as who is at risk for developing OCD, what is actually going on in the brain of someone affected by OCD, and whether OCD runs in families.

Between two and three million people are estimated to suffer from OCD. Some, like actors Megan Fox and Billy Bob Thornton, are famous. Others are dealing with the emotionally painful and devastating effects of the disorder, despite the fact that many advances in treatment and diagnosis have been made in just the past 10 years.

The program is free and will be held at the Ray Conference Center on Butler Hospital’s campus at 345 Blackstone Boulevard in Providence, RI. Refreshments will be served. Reserve a seat on Butler's Facebook page, by e-mailing info@butler.org, or call 401-455-6366.

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