In honor of OCD Awareness week, the Mattapoisett Library is sponsoring a Zoom screening of Unstuck: An OCD movie this evening followed by a panel discussion with staff from McLean Hospital’s OCD institute.
If you’re not familiar with obsessive compulsive disorder, it’s a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions, according to the International OCD Foundation.
Unstuck takes a look at the disorder through the eyes of young people, offering information and hope on the subject. The short film, which won numerous awards, “lets kids and teens speak truthfully about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and explain how they learned to face their fears and regain control of their lives,” according to the film website.
”UNSTUCK reframes the conversation about OCD and how to treat it. It's a great tool for educating pediatricians, clinicians and professionals,” said Dr. Dorothy Grice, Chief, OCD & Related Disorders at Icahn School of Medicine.
Following the screening, panelists from McLean Hospital will discuss OCD and the film. Speakers include Morgan Browning, a community residence counselor at the Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) at McLean Hospital; Caitlin White LICSW, a senior clinical social worker at OCDI Jr.; and Alyssa Faro PhD, who specializes in evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder in both children and adults.
This week is dedicated to OCD Awareness each year with educational, art, and fundraising events held centered around the disorder. Check the International OCD Foundation’s website for other events being held this week.
The film screening and panel discussion run from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 13. Register by emailing the Mattapoisett Library at MFPL@sailsinc.org.