Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 18, 2012
Beyond OCD, the world’s leading repository of consumer-friendly resources to help sufferers and families cope with and conquer Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), has rebranded its website at http://www.beyondocd.org, deploying its new and improved web architecture to provide visitors with faster page loads, increasingly significant content, easier navigation, and a more vibrant visual experience.
The vastly improved website comes on the heels of the early May announcement that the 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1994, changed its name from OCD Chicago to Beyond OCD in response to the group’s increasing global reach. Beyond OCD also maintains a second website, http://www.ocdeducation.org, which is an OCD educational resource for school personnel.
Beyond OCD is dedicated to being the leading platform for individuals, families, mental health professionals, educators, clergy and the media across the country seeking information and aid to improving the lives of people who suffer with OCD. The website, originally launched in 2005, has grown exponentially over the years as more information and resources have become available to the OCD interest community. Rebuilding and re-launching the web portal was deemed to be the best way to stay on the cutting edge of Internet protocols amid the OCD knowledge expansion.
BeyondOCD.com is a highly dynamic website that provides a wealth of OCD data, reading recommendations and other resources, as well as personal stories from OCD sufferers, OCD facts and myths, resources from professionals and experts in the field, treatments and therapies, news, resource links, and even valuable information on a host other and often related mental health disorders.
When originally launched on the web over seven years ago, Beyond OCD’s website employed an earlier version of ExpressionEngine, the web’s Number 1 content management system software—the best of its kind at the time. The Beyond OCD web design and development firm, Unleaded Group of Denver, recently completely rebuilt and restructured the website in the very latest ExpressionEngine version, and also improved the site architecture to the most modern incarnations of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and HTML (HyperText Markup Language), both critical backbones defining the styles and code language that drive the highest-performing sites on the Internet.
While repeat visitors to beyondocd.org will not immediately detect changes to the site other than the organization’s name change, the improved user experience is sure to please. Moreover, the new website architecture makes it much easier and quicker for Beyond OCD staff to post fresh content, expanding the organization’s mission to be the most comprehensive resource on the topic anywhere on earth.
Beyond OCD reaches visitors from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
OCD: The Facts
There is no cure for OCD, but armed with information, as well as appropriate treatments and therapies, most OCD sufferers can attain significant relief from their symptoms to help them get “Beyond OCD.”
OCD is a neurobiological anxiety disorder that causes people to endure unwanted, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and ritualistic behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that they are driven to perform over and over. As the average age of diagnosis goes down, OCD is increasing viewed as a disorder that first strikes in childhood. While most people who have this disorder know their obsessions and compulsions are irrational and excessive, they cannot control them.
OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions that take up an excessive amount of time and cause significant distress. Consider that:
- OCD strikes 2.3 percent of the U.S. population—that’s one in 40 adults and one in 100 children, or more than six million people. (1)
- OCD ranks among the top 20 leading causes of disability worldwide. (2)
- OCD extracts a worldwide economic toll estimated at more than $8.4 billion per year. (3)
(1) National Comorbidity Survey Replication (Ruscio, et al)
(2) World Health Organization
(3) Dupont, R.L., Rice, D.P., Shitake, S., & Rowland, C.R. (1995) – Economic costs of obsessive-compulsive disorder.