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Saturday, July 30 • 9:45am - 10:45am
The Hidden Side of OCD: An Open Discussion About Addiction, Depression and Suicide

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Individuals with OCD often battle drug and/or alcohol addiction, depression, and thoughts of suicide and self-harm. This discussion is dedicated to the memory of Riley, who was an integral part of speaking out and bringing awareness to the comorbidity of OCD and addiction. His mother, Margaret, will share Riley's story including his struggles with both OCD and addiction. Chris will speak to his experiences with OCD, depression, and a suicide attempt. Liz will speak about her battles with suicidal ideation and depression due to her OCD. This panel is for individuals, families, and professionals, and will focus on removing stigma, asking for support, and getting the proper treatment in these tough situations.


Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, MSW

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 included both inpatient and outpatient therapy, Elizabeth has made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with OCD. Elizabeth... Read More →
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Margaret Sisson

Executive Director, Riley's Wish Foundation
Margaret Riley Sisson is an educator and advocate. She works to raise awareness and educate the community about OCD. She is involved in the IOCDF and was awarded the Hero Award in 2014. Her son Riley, tragically lost his battle to a dual diagnosis of OCD and addiction by an accidental overdose in Sept, 2014. Right up to his death he was an advocate for those suffering from ocd and addiction. He presented a panel on the treatment of OCD and... 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 Karen Pickett and after 14 months of behavioral treatment, he was able to leave therapy and finish controlling his OCD on his own.  Now, 9 years later, he has had... Read More →

Saturday July 30, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Salon III, 7th Floor