Are You OCD?

In response to my last post, I was asked to publish this letter. Jack Nicholson played someone who suffers with OCD in the movie As Good As It Gets. Research on OCD and genetics is crucial for treatment in the future. Please consider helping this study yourself or pass along the information to anyone you know who suffers with Obsessive Cumpulsive Disorder:

Thank you for your recent post on anxiety, obsessions, and OCD. Many of us have routines or even eccentric superstitions that get us through the day; we read our horoscopes every morning, keep our calendars clean and up-to-date, or pray each night. But for the 2.2 million American adults suffering from OCD, unceasing thoughts and compulsions can get in the way of living. These symptoms of OCD are not mere habits but persistent, distressing and, at times, debilitating impediments.

In an effort to better understand this common disorder, the National Institute of Mental Health is sponsoring a study to examine possible genetic contributions to OCD. Five research institutions in cities across the country – in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York – are looking for participants who have been diagnosed with OCD or exhibit symptoms such as obsessions, compulsions or hoarding that could lead to a diagnosis. The study involves a 2-3 hour interview with the participant about their mental health. We also ask that the participant and their family members (parents or siblings) provide a blood or saliva sample for DNA. Participants are compensated $75 for their interview and DNA sample, and each family member receives $35 for their DNA sample. Participants and their family members may participate from home or at one of the study centers.

If you think your readers would be interested in helping us gain a deeper understanding of OCD, we would greatly appreciate it if you could publish this letter or our study information for them to view. Readers who would like to participate in the study may contact Columbia University research staff at 212-543-5364 or e-mail


OCD Collaborative Genetic Association Study

Columbia University

Elizabeth Persons, MPH

Research Employee

Columbia University/NYSPI

(212) 543-5377

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