OCD and Anxiety
This Saturday, 20 Rogers Memorial Hospital team members participated in the second annual OCD Awareness Walk in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The two-mile walk around Fowler Lake was hosted by OCD Wisconsin, an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
Rogers was the lead sponsor for the event. Nicholas Farrell, PhD, clinical supervisor at the residential Eating Disorder Center, offered a few words before the walk.
Emphasizing the seriousness and prevalence of the disorder, Dr. Farrell explained OCD affects the overall quality of life of many families every day. “Most recent estimates suggest that OCD is present between 2 and 3 million American adults,” he says. “That’s roughly the population of Houston, Texas.” Approximately 1 half million American children and teens also have OCD.
“There is hope and with everyone’s efforts at this walk, we can spread the message that people are not alone in their struggles and there are several effective treatments available,” says Dr. Farrell.
A student with OCD was also awarded the $500 Barry Thomet Scholarship for her outstanding success in school and perseverance in treatment.