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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complex illness. Jon Abramowitz, PhD, and Brad Riemann, PhD, two leaders in OCD treatment, will briefly discuss the latest theories about the possible causes of OCD, the models we have for understanding the complex symptom picture, an overview of OCD treatment, and how CBT and ERP are key elements to successful treatment. The discussion will then be opened up for questions from you via the live chat or by using the twitter hashtag #rogersocd.
OCD Awareness Week is an annual public education campaign coordinated by the International OCD Foundation as a vehicle for support, advocacy and education to help end the stigma surrounding OCD and to encourage people who have OCD to find treatment. Use #ocdweek to tell your story or help spread awareness.
Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, is clinical director of Rogers’ Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Center and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Services. He supervises the training of graduate and post-graduate students from around the country for CBT in anxiety disorders and collaborates with colleges and universities on research projects investigating OCD and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Riemann serves as chairman for the clinical advisory committee of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and serves on its scientific advisory board. He also serves on the clinical advisory board for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He has authored numerous scientific papers on obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety and has spoken at national and international conventions, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the IOCDF.
Jon Abramowitz, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, and Research Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He is Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic, and a North Carolina Licensed Psychologist with a Diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is an international expert on anxiety and OCD, and has published 11 books and over 150 chapters and peer-reviewed research articles. He is editor of two scientific journals, including the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, which he founded in 2011. Dr. Abramowitz is a regular presenter at professional conferences and has received awards for his contributions to the field. He was recently elected as President-Elect of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies