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Friday, July 7 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Ask the Other Experts: Q&A Session on Living with BDD

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Is recovery from BDD possible? Can I lead a normal life? Will family and friends ever understand? Yes, yes, and yes. Erik Duarte, Jennifer Thorne, and Chris Trondsen, who have forged ahead in their own lives despite BDD, will recount successful (and not-so-successful) treatments, coping skills, the most important moment in their recovery, and how they manage setbacks. IOCDF Board member Denis Asselin and Carrie Asselin, who lost a son/brother to BDD, will moderate, leaving ample time for questions and an opportunity for participants to develop strategies to communicate with family and friends.


Carrie Asselin

Carrie Asselin lost her brother Nathaniel to BDD in 2011. From age 9, she was deeply impacted by his suffering and by her family’s effort to help. In 2015 she ran the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Samaritans, a group that seeks to prevent suicide, removes the stigma... Read More →

Denis Asselin, MA

Denis Nicholson Asselin is dedicated to spreading awareness about BDD/OCD. His son Nathaniel struggled 13 years with BDD and took his own life at age 24. In Nathaniel’s memory, Denis walked the Camino in Spain with wife Judy and daughter Carrie, followed by walks from... Read More →

Jennifer Thorne, MA

Jennifer Thorne has struggled with depression and anxiety for 25 years, but it was years before one of her therapists identified BDD. Lack of understanding and support for her illness left her feeling stressed and shunned, and at her lowest point she was housebound. Fortunately, in... Read More →
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Chris Trondsen

Behavioral Therapist, The Gateway Institute
Chris Trondsen was diagnosed with OCD when he was 20 years old but suffered years before that.  Contamination OCD as well as Checking OCD were the main types of OCD he suffered with.  He received treatment at starting at age 20 at The OCD Center of Los Angeles under Tom Corboy and... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Golden Gate B