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Friday, July 7 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
A Discussion of Taboo OCD Topics

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There are many taboo OCD topics that are not discussed among attendees at the annual conference due to embarrassment and shame. Young adults have thoughts about suicide, depression, self-harm, sexual obsessions, sexual orientation, harming loved ones, and other embarrassing subject matter they believe they alone experience. This talk allows attendees to ask or anonymously submit these difficult questions in a safe environment, free of judgment. The talk will be in town hall format, and moderators are young adults familiar with these topics; audience participation will be encouraged.

avatar for Adira Weixlmann, BFA

Adira Weixlmann, BFA

Adira led a regular high school life playing varsity sports, excelling in the classroom, and enjoying time with friends and family. However, following her junior year of high school she was diagnosed with OCD. After receiving intensive local treatment in St. Louis, she decided... Read More →

Jessica Kotnour

Jessica Kotnour is a biology major at Kenyon College. She was diagnosed with OCD during her freshman year of high school and also deals with social anxiety and dermatillomania. Her OCD used to center around harming others, but morphed into contamination OCD once she went to... Read More →

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Elizabeth McIngvale is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. After her diagnosis at the age of 12 and treatment which... 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 2:15pm - 3:45pm PDT
Nob Hill B-D