Beyond OCD Founder to Speak at Anxiety Forum

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Susan A. Richman, Esq., a co-founder of Beyond OCD, is a featured speaker at a Chicago area mental health conference on anxiety disorders.

Beyond OCD, the leading provider of consumer-friendly resources designed to help people cope with and ultimately get beyond Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), announced that Susan A. Richman, Esq., its co-founder, will speak at an upcoming conference.

The June 3 conference, “Managing Anxiety…Maximizing Life for Children, Adolescents and Adults,” is sponsored by the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults. An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. OCD is an anxiety disorder.

Susan Richman will speak about her remarkable experience in searching for the right diagnosis and treatment. At the age of 28, she developed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and was unable to work or manage her life until finding appropriate treatment. Ms. Richman has dedicated her life to helping others with OCD.

“I resolved to help other people with OCD learn how to control their symptoms and reclaim their lives,” said Ms. Richman. “I co-founded Beyond OCD to provide information on treatment options and support systems to people with OCD, their families, and the health care providers who treat them,” she continued.

Other scheduled speakers are local and national experts who will address stress, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD and more: Mark Pollack, M.D., Grainger Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, and Rick Zinbarg, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Psychology Department at Northwestern University. The conference will be moderated by Dr. Carroll Cradock, the past president of the Chicago Campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Discussion groups led by top mental health professionals will follow the presentation.

For more information about the conference, visit

Beyond OCD supports the informational and emotional needs of people with OCD, their families, educators, clergy, and the mental health professionals who treat them. Beyond OCD reaches out with compassion and encouragement to assure people with OCD that they are not alone and help them seek appropriate treatment and get beyond OCD.

For more information on Beyond OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, visit On its web site, the organization offers detailed facts about OCD, resources, personal stories from individuals with OCD, expert perspectives, and free, downloadable OCD Guides in English and Spanish for all age groups. For specific information on OCD in school, parents and educators should visit

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