Mental Health

Opening Up to OCD and Anxiety

This session is intended for Caregivers

Everyone feels anxious sometimes. Most of us also have weird thoughts from time-to-time and perhaps even some quirky behaviours. For the most people, these feelings, thoughts, and behaviours don’t cause significant problems in our day to day lives. However, for people with anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorders, these experiences can be devastating.

Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive and persistent fear or concern about everyday situations. For example, individuals with an anxiety disorder may be uncomfortable in social situations (as in Social Anxiety Disorder) or worry excessively about finances or the health of loved ones (as in Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Similarly, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder involves disturbing thoughts that provoke anxiety (e.g. “I’ll get sick if I touch that”). Attempts to get rid of the anxiety (e.g. avoiding social events; checking repeatedly with a loved one to make sure they’re safe; washing hands repeatedly), often end up contributing to a vicious cycle that makes things worse in the long run.

This webinar ‘Opening up to OCD and Anxiety’, hosted by VHA Home HealthCare, will examine the nature of anxiety, features and causes of these disorders, and explore ways to change our relationship with these difficulties to potentially stop that vicious cycle and get back to what’s important in our lives.

As a caregiver, you will discover through this webinar:

  • An overview of the nature and causes of OCD and Anxiety
  • Tools to help manage these conditions
  • And resources that you can tap into

Our speaker, Eliza Burroughs is a registered psychotherapist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

The presentation will be followed by a question/answer period.


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  1. Eliza has worked in the area of mood and anxiety disorders for over 15 years in both clinical and research roles in hospital and community settings. She has extensive experience providing individual and group therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, with expertise in obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding disorder, body-focused repetitive behaviours, major depressive disorder, and social anxiety. Eliza also provides Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy in both group and individual formats. She is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.


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  1. Thank you for a very informative session,but mostly reassuring me of all my fears as a mom taking care of my son that we are not alone and basically everything you mentioned was so word for word of what our lives are like in this very different world of OCD,I have enabled,and most likely been part of a ritual or two not knowing,I am still learning.I know that patience,understanding and an abundance of love has helped my son somewhat slowly advance,at times its two steps forward and three back ,you are so right about exposure,i have seen progress form very tense moments of contamination to him shrugging it off,which is amazing!I appreciate the timeout session that was relaxing and it really took me away( from this horrible unwanted houseguest) as we refer to OCD) strength and love to everyone that has been touched by these disorders.

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