Beyond OCD Live Forum Welcomes Andrea Kayne Kaufman

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Beyond OCD Director Andrea Kayne Kaufman will speak at the next OCD Live Forum on July 17, 2013 in Chicago.

Andrea Kayne Kaufman

Andrea Kayne Kaufman

Kenneth A. Wexler, acting president of Beyond OCD, announced that Andrea Kayne Kaufman will present “OCD in Fiction, Life and Love” at the organization’s upcoming OCD Live Forum on Wednesday, July 17. Ms. Kaufman is an education professor, a mediator, and an award-winning author. Her novel, Oxford Messed Up, was hailed by mental health experts and members of the OCD community for its authentic portrayal of OCD. The novel was honored by the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Adult Fiction E-Book in 2012.

Oxford Messed Up tells the love story between two Oxford University graduate students. It sensitively addresses Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the healing power of music. Well-drawn characters Gloria Zimmerman and Henry Young are instantly likeable and realistic. The book is set against the haunting, evocative and upbeat lyrics of Celtic poetic genius Van Morrison.

Ms. Kaufman will speak about her book and how her real-life family triumphed over OCD. She will tell how Gloria’s family made her OCD worse, and how Henry’s actions allowed Gloria to do the therapy necessary for her to get well. Ms. Kaufman draws on the steps her own family took to tame OCD and the tools all sufferers can use to manage their OCD. Ms. Kaufman will discuss her choice to feature OCD in her novel, her use of Van Morrison’s lyrics to create a bridge between Gloria and Henry, and her opinion of OCD portrayals in other books, movies, and television shows.

This OCD Live Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Chicago. Registration is $10 ($5 for students). For information, visit or call 773-661-9530.

Beyond OCD is the leading consumer-friendly provider of resources to help sufferers cope with and get beyond OCD to a healthy and happy life. For information on Beyond OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, visit On its website, 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 People can also call Beyond OCD at 773-661-9530 to speak with a knowledgeable representative about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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