Body Dysmorphic Disorder Presentation – May 22, 2014

Dr. Melanie Santos, PsyD, will discuss Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a condition that causes intense anxiety about perceived body and facial flaws. Dr. Santos has extensive training in body image disorders and is co-author of Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Co-sponsored by BeyondOCD and the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, this event will be held at the Francis Parker School in Chicago on Thursday, May 22, from 7-9pm.  For more information, go to: Registration Information

School Refusal: Radio Health Journal Broadcast

Radio Health Journal will be broadcasting a segment featuring Dr. Karen Cassiday discussing School Refusal. This episode originally aired in 2011, but received so much positive feedback that they have decided to air it again.

The start of the school year and returning from spring break are the two most common times for children to suffer from what used to be called “school phobia,” anxiety leading them to claim they are ill and cannot go to school. Experts discuss how these children should be treated, and how they differ from children who are simply “playing hooky.”

Click this link to hear the broadcast: School Refusal 

Generalized Anxiety in people with OCD, ADHD, and other anxiety disorders: OCD Live Forum April 17, 2014

Dr. Cassiday will be presenting at the OCD Live Forum on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 7pm at the Francis Parker School in Chicago.  If you or a loved one is anxious or depressed, come learn from experts and patients about coping mechanisms that reduce stress levels.  You are not alone.  For more information, go to

The Impact of Exercise on Depression

Dr. Cassiday is quoted in an article from on the importance of exercise in lifting your mood:

Avoiding the Overprotection Trap: Advice for Parents of Kids with OCD

Dr. Karen Cassiday discusses the role of overprotection in the treatment of children with OCD.

Coping with Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal feeling for most human beings, but can become a problem when it overtakes your life.  Dr. Karen Cassiday contributes her expertise in a September 18, 2012, Chicago Tribune article about coping with anxiety, and offers suggestions for overprotective parents:

Animal Hoarding: What is it? Can it be cured?

The incidence of animal hoarding has increased five-fold in the last decade, and Dr. Karen Cassiday discusses symptoms of hoarding and recommended treatment options:

Dr. Cassiday Presents at College of DuPage

Nationally known expert on Obsessive-Compulsive spectrum disorders, Dr. Karen Cassiday, will provide a free presentation at College of DuPage on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 from 1:45 to 2:50 p.m. A former guest on The Today Show, 20/20, Nightline, Discovery Channel and many other radio and television programs, Dr. Cassiday will provide insights on OCD spectrum disorders, including various treatment modalities and case studies. Dr. Cassiday will also discuss her unique cognitive therapy approach that offers great promise for individuals who live with OCD or have someone in their care with this disorder.

BeyondOCD Scientific Advisory Board appoints Dr. Melanie Santos

Dr. Melanie Santos, Psy.D., Psychologist and Director of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago’s Chicago Office, was appointed to theBeyondOCD Scientific Advisory Board in August of 2013.  She joins Dr. Karen Cassiday on this prestigious panel.

For more information about BeyondOCD, go to

Dr. Cassiday Appears on Face to Facebook Documentary

Arlynn Leiber Presser, who suffers from Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, created a documentary film of self discovery. As she traveled the world to visit each of her facebook friends, she not only challenged herself to go farther than she’s ever been, she broke free from her fears and anxiety.  Dr. Cassiday appears in the film as an expert consultant discussing panic disorder.  To learn more about Face to Facebook, go to