New “OCD Help in Chicago” Web Page

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Beyond OCD reaffirms its heritage commitment with its new “OCD Help in Chicago” web page.

Beyond OCD, the global resource for OCD sufferers, their friends and families, health care professionals, educators and the media, has improved its new web site to reflect its roots with a Chicago-specific page dedicated to the wide variety of OCD resources, groups and treatment referral options it offers for consumers in and around the Windy City.

Founded in Chicago in 1994, the nonprofit organization changed its former name of OCD Chicago to Beyond OCD in May of this year in response to its increasingly nationwide and global reach and also to better capture its mission of helping children and adults get proper treatment for the often life-altering disorder. Concurrent with the name change, Beyond OCD also launched a new, more robust web site platform, at

“Being headquartered in Chicago, for the last 18 years we have built up an enormous base of resources here locally dedicated to helping OCD sufferers, and the entire Chicagoland community has come to rely upon us,” said Ellen Sawyer, Beyond OCD Executive Director. “Unfortunately with the name change and new web site address many locals either couldn’t find us or thought we have de-emphasized our commitment here.

“Nothing could be further from the truth, and our new ‘Chicago Services – OCD Help in Chicago’ web page is designed to reaffirm our historic connection and commitment to Chicago,” she added.

The Chicago Services -- OCD Help in Chicago web page is prominently featured in a main menu navigation button on the organization’s home page.

The Beyond OCD name came about because the organization’s web site -- with its vast collection of OCD resources, facts, OCD guides in English and Spanish, mental health and professional perspectives, and more – was receiving visitors seeking information and help from over 100 countries worldwide.

Still, Chicago has always been at the heart of Beyond OCD’s delivery of services.

“We will continue to provide referrals to local treatment professionals and support groups and to sponsor OCD awareness events in and around Chicago,” Sawyer noted.

Chicago Services -- OCD Help in Chicago on the web site includes:

  •     Treatment Referrals to Chicago-area providers of OCD-specific treatment.
  •     Support Group self-help meetings for adults facing OCD, OCD spectrum disorders and co-occurring depression or anxiety, facilitated by mental health professionals.
  •     Telephone Helpline Support in which OCD sufferers, their families and friends and other interested parties can receive personal support and guidance.
  •     OCD Live Forum events featuring OCD treatment providers and people with inspiring personal stories about winning their battle with OCD.
  •     Speakers Bureau offering speakers who share their real life struggles with and triumph over OCD, as well as treatment providers who are expert in the treatment of OCD.
  •     Media Resources, where reporters can find OCD experts and/or sufferers available for interviews for important press coverage.

Beyond OCD is the leading consumer-friendly provider of resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer OCD. It supports the informational and emotional needs of people with OCD, their families, educators, clergy, and the mental health professionals who treat them. OCD is a neurobiological disorder that affects children and adults of all racial cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Beyond OCD reaches out with compassion and encouragement to assure people with OCD that they are not alone and help them manage the disorder.

For more information on Beyond OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, visit On its web site, the organization offers detailed facts about OCD, resources, expert perspectives, personal stories from individuals with OCD, and free, downloadable OCD Guides in English and Spanish for all age groups. For specific information on OCD in school, parents and educators may visit our second web site, People can also call Beyond OCD at 773-661-9530 to speak with someone knowledgeable about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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