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October 11, 2013

 Contact:         Dacia Morris

                        (212) 543-5421



Columbia Psychiatry Offers Free Screenings in Observance of

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Awareness Week, October 14 – 18


(New York, NY – October 7, 2013) “Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating illness but the good news is treatment is available,” said Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Center for OCD and Related Disorders at Columbia Psychiatry. To kick off OCD awareness week, Columbia Psychiatry experts in OCD treatment and research will offer free screenings to adults and children.


In-Person Screenings will be available on a walk-in basis

Where:  The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders -- CUCARD

                3 Columbus Circle - Suite 601


When:   Wednesday           10/16 - 10:00AM - 2:00PM  

              Friday                       10/18 - 1:00PM - 5:00PM



"On Demand Phone Screenings" will be available to anyone who calls 212-543-5367 during the following times:


Tuesday 10/15 - 10:00AM - 2:00PM  

Thursday 10/17 - 10:00AM - 3:00PM


**Multiple screeners will be available at the above times.


If you believe that you or a family member may have OCD, screening by a mental health professional is the first step to getting treatment. Some general symptoms of OCD are:


Repeated thoughts or images about things like the fear of germs or dirt, hurting loved ones


Rituals like washing hands and locking and unlocking doors, counting, keeping unneeded items


Inability to control unwanted thoughts or behaviors


Spending at least an hour a day on the thoughts and performing rituals, which cause distress and impair function in daily life.


For more information about OCD treatment and research opportunities visit our adult and child websites.




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