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OCD Week & ADHD Awareness Month

Published: October 1st, 2019

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Children and adults living with Tourette Syndrome (TS) are often impacted by

As recognized by the Tourette Association of America (TAA) and other researchers, approximately 85-90% of those living with TS are likely to be diagnosed with a co-occurring condition. Most commonly of those co-occurring conditions are Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorders or Behaviors (OCD/OCB), Anxiety and Sensory Processing Disorders.

Often times, these co-occurring conditions can be “hidden below the surface” of the tics themselves and can often times go undiagnosed or untreated. The TAA depicts this with a great visual of the Tourette Iceberg.

Recognizing that often times, the co-occurring conditions can be as limiting as or even more limiting than the tics themselves, it is important to celebrate awareness and promote advocacy for these components affecting those living with Tic Disorders.

Luckily, October is a busy month for promotion and awareness advocacy for two of the common co-occurring disorders; ADHD and OCD.

  •  October 13 -October 19, 2018 is the International OCD Foundation Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to promote unity, awareness and support for those who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders with the end goal of “helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment.”
  • October 2019 is ADHD Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to “Step Up & Speak Out” about the neurobiological disorder that can often impact school, work and family life.ADHD Awareness Month

In order to promote support, we recognize these national programs and advocacy centers by sharing ways to advocate and spread awareness.

  1. Advocate Awareness on Social Media
    1. Use Hastags in your social media posts:
      1. #OCDweek and #FaceYourFear
      2. #ADHD Awareness Week
  2. Learn More & Share More
    1. Join webinars and trainings sessions to learn more
      1. #OCDWeek Online Events that are scattered throughout the week
      2. ADHD Month TADD Talks
    2. Provide others with Information Fact Sheets regarding OCD & ADHD
      1. #OCDFacts
      2. ADHD Awareness Handouts & Fact Sheets
  3. Participate in an Event near you
    1. Participate in an Awareness Walk or Event
      1. Find an #OCDWeek Awareness Walk
      2. Find an ADHD Awareness Month Event near you or start a walk
      3. ADHD Awareness Video Contest
    2. Host a party documenting a popular movie or show with someone living with OCD and/or ADHD. Use that time to discuss the stigmas, stereotypes and share the actual reality of having this condition.
    3. Participate in an Advocacy Campaign with your government by sending a letter to your paper or local government.
      1. #OCDweek letter template
      2. ADHD Advocacy Manual
    4. Create a fundraiser to raise awareness
    5. Seek to mentor or become a friend to a peer or family member living with OCD or ADHD.

To find out more information about OCD or ADHD, see our resources page.

 

References & Picture credits:

  • ADHD Awareness (2019). Retrieved October 1, 2019 from https://add.org/adhd-awareness/
  • ADHD Awareness Month (2019). Retrieved October 1, 2019 from http://www.chadd.org/training-events/adhd-awareness-month.aspx
  • International OCD Foundation #OCDWeek. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2019, from https://iocdf.org/about-ocd/
  • Tourette Syndrome: Diagnosing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (TS). (2015, November 30). Retrieved October8, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/tourette/ocd.html
  • Tourette Association of America Centers of Excellences and Staff. (2017). Living with Tourette & Tic Disorders: A Guide for Patients and Families (Tool Kit). Rehabilitation and Ancillary Services [Picture]. Retrieved from https://www.tourette.org/media/Full-Family-Toolkit-rev.pdf