Mona H. Berman Kicks Off 2013 Beyond OCD Live Forum

Jeanne Ettelson, president of Beyond OCD, announced that OCD expert Mona H. Berman and two teens successfully recovering from OCD will be the first speakers of the 2013 OCD Live Forum series.

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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 12, 2013

Mona H. Berman, a private practitioner in Northfield, IL for 18 years, will kick off Beyond OCD’s 2013 OCD Live Forum series. This series is intended to educate OCD sufferers and their families about treatment options and the latest advances in the field. Ms. Berman will address parental concerns in a talk entitled “My child has OCD… Now what do I do??? (And what should I not do???)” Mona H. Berman is licensed clinical professional counselor and is a member of Beyond OCD’s Scientific Advisory Board. She specializes in treating children with anxiety disorders using cognitive behavioral therapy.

Parents will learn what to do when their child is diagnosed with OCD. They will find out what really helps their child and what may hinder recovery. Ms. Berman will help parents learn not to enable the OCD, not to give reassurance, and to recognize bad behavior versus anxious behavior. In addition, she will help parents learn whether to keep the school informed about the child’s OCD, whether the child would benefit from a 504 plan, and how to tolerate, rather than enable, their child’s anxiety. Parents will also learn how to be on the same page with a spouse or significant other in battling OCD. Lastly, parents will be coached on how to get support for themselves.

Two teens who have successfully tackled OCD will share their stories of triumph. Alexandra’s OCD revolved around checking and organizational mental rituals that significantly interfered with her quality of life. Hannah struggled with scrupulosity. Now each teen is a thriving, successful high school student.

This OCD Live Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston Hospital) in Evanston, IL. Admission is $10. People interested in attending can visit http://tinyurl.com/b42avgy or call Beyond OCD at 773-661-9530 to register.

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 http://www.BeyondOCD.org. 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, http://www.OCDeducationstation.org. People can also call Beyond OCD at 773-661-9530 to speak with someone knowledgeable about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.        

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