Being aware is important but do not let anxiety or OCD take over. – Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale 

Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidelines and recommendations. Stay updated on the latest information and resources related to OCD and COVID-19 by reviewing our recent videos,  articles, and helpful links.

Resources: 

International OCD Foundation – OCD & COVID-19, you’ll find tons of information about managing OCD during this time, teletherapy, talking to kids, and more. There’s also a resource page in Spanish.

Why the OCD Community Holds the Key to Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety

Talking to kids about COVID-19

About teletherapy

Information for therapists 

NAMI Updates On The Coronavirus

NAMI Greater Houston Online Support Groups 

CDC How to Manage Anxiety & Stress

Dr. Bruce Perry – Stress, Distress, & Trauma Series 

Resources for Professionals:

Education Staycation: A COVID-19 Training for Professionals – IOCDF

*The Education Staycation webinar series helps professionals — including therapists, psychiatrists, and social workers — as they guide their patients through these trying times.

Treating OCD During COVID-19 Webinar Series – Rogers Behavioral Health

*A three-part webinar series “Treating OCD during COVID-19” where you will have the opportunity to earn 1.5 CE credits.

Older Adults:

General information about anxiety in older adults and how to get help:

Finding Treatment for Anxiety and Depression, Older adults

https://www.aagponline.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=anxiety

https://www.mhanational.org/anxiety-older-adults

https://adaa.org/finding-help/helping-others/older-adults

Coping with COVID-19 among older adults 

Senior’s Guide to Mental Health During COVID-19

Two treatment programs designed to reduce worry/anxiety among older adults:

https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn16/calmer-life-program.asp

https://www.mirecc.va.gov/VISN16/stop-worry.asp

Houston Resources:

CARE: Ways to Help CARE: You Are Not Alone

CARE: Ways to Help

Articles:

BDD-Related Quarantine Tips During COVID19  

It’s Never Time to “be OCD”: Now is a Time for Increased Empathy and Flexibility by Angela Smith, Ph.D. & Emily Anderson, Ph.D. of McLean OCD Insitute // Houston – April 8, 2020

COVID-19 Gives Us an Incredible Opportunity to Understand the Most Misunderstood of Psychiatric Disorders by Dr. Allen Weg – March 28, 2020

The Anxiety Wellness Center Shares Helpful Tips for Coping with Covid-19 – Aureen Wagner, Ph.D. – March 23, 2020

The Mighty:  What to Do If Coronavirus Health Guidelines Are Triggering Your Anxiety or OCD

KIAH-TV CW Morning Dose:How to Handle Anxiety During COVID-19 Outbreak 

Houston Chronicle:How to keep your mental health in check during the coronavirus pandemic 

Lady Click:How to keep your mental health in check during the coronavirus pandemic

Yahoo! Lifestyle: What to Do If the Coronavirus Health Guidelines Are Triggering Your Anxiety or OCD

Katy NewsHouston experts discuss staying mentally healthy during COVID-19 pandemic

Chron.com:Houston experts discuss staying mentally healthy during COVID-19 pandemic

Laredo Morning Times:Houston experts discuss staying mentally healthy during COVID-19 pandemic

San Franciso ChronicleHouston experts discuss staying mentally healthy during COVID-19 pandemic

Houston ChronicleShe woke up to her chest burning. It wasn’t coronavirus — it was anxiety.

 

RE:ENGAGE Live Stream Series  

Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale will be going live on our Facebook and YouTube Channel to have an open discussion with leading experts on current topics related to OCD and anxiety. Tune in to our Facebook or YouTube Channel to be apart of the live Q&A.

FINAL SERIES EPISODE: 

  • Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 3:00 PM (CST) – RE:ENGAGE – OCD is Not an Adjective with Ethan Smith, Nathalie Maragoni, M.S.

Videos: Coronavirus

Choose a title below to view a video for more information on various OCD topics.

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS AND OCD  with Jon Hershfield, MFT and Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD – Help Support your loved one make the transition back to their normal routine

Ethan Smith and Dr. McIngvale discuss how to successfully reengage with your social life and work environment.

Dr. Jonathan Grayson and Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale will be kicking off our new Re:Engage series. Tune in to learn more about how you can be proactive in preparing yourself for a successful return after the lockdown.

Cali Werner, LMSW chats with Zach Westerbeck, Morgan Rondinelli, and Molly Fishback about the impact COVID19 has had on young adults.

Dr. Chad Brandt and Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale will be discussing how to maintain a new schedule and adopt new routines

Dr. Alejandra Sequeira and Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale will be discussing how isolation affects children and teens

Dr. Melinda Stanley and Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale will be discussing how to help older adults manage their anxiety during COVID19

Dr. Jon Abramowitz and Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale will be discussing recognizing growing anxiety and when to seek help.

Dr. Aureen Wagner and Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale will be discussing anxiety during coronavirus and its impact on parenting and kids followed by a live Q&A session.

Dr. Jonathan Grayson, Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale, and Ethan Smith will be discussing uncertainty with COVID19 and modifying exposure during this time followed by a live Q&A session.

Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale and Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale talk with renowned children trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry, on the impact coronavirus has on children, families, and our community.

Make treatment and your mental health your priority right now! For many of us with #OCD and #Anxiety, we are experiencing an increase in symptoms and isolation often makes our symptoms even worse. Be sure to continue with or start treatment now, even if it’s from the comfort of your home. Our clinic, the Houston OCD Program is offering tele-therapy across Texas as most clinics and providers are right now. Put your mental health first and use this as an opportunity to stay on top of your treatment! Help and hope are always available. By Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

"OCD is not an adjective — it's a serious disorder. And while we're all feeling a heightened level of anxiety at this time, it does not mean that we all have OCD, or that having OCD could ever be a good thing. Here's what the OCD community wants you to know about #RealOCD during the COVID-19 pandemic." #OCDisNOTanAdjective