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Saturday, July 8 • 9:45am - 11:15am
The Parent Trap: How to Navigate OCD and Your Parents

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One of the most difficult parts of having OCD as a kid or teenager can be navigating the relationship with your parents. It is hard to explain to your parents what is going on in your head, but your parents can be vital team members in your fight against OCD. Three young adults will discuss how they navigated tough conversations with their parents, while still maintaining loving, respectful relationships. The panelists will share how their relationships with their parents changed as they grew older and took on more responsibility with their OCD treatment.


Neil Hemmer

Neil has been suffering with OCD since he was born, his very first episode was from age 5 until around age 12. He had a fear of storms and medical OCD in which he checked his body several hundred times a day for signs of death. His first therapy experience was at age 13 when... 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 →

Emma Sullivan

My name is Emma Sullivan. I am from Brooklyn, New York. I attended the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, Brooklyn from pre-k to 12th grade. I am now a freshman at Ithaca College. I am a film major, and hopefully minoring in psychology soon. I played basketball in high... Read More →

Saturday July 8, 2017 9:45am - 11:15am PDT
Golden Gate C3