Photo: Davidd/flickr
Photo: Davidd/flickr

In an article posted in the West Island section of the Montreal Gazette, Dr. Debbie Sookman, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill says that there is a shortage of specialists trained to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), an illness which sometimes manifests itself in hoarding – the inability to rid oneself of belongings that would not seem important to others, resulting in excessive accumulation.

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders recently recognized OCD and related disorders as a distinct classification, which is a step in the right direction to encourage more medical professionals to take on the specialized training needed to treat OCD according to Dr. Sookman.

The MUHC OCD clinic is the only one of its kind in Canada that treats patients of all ages suffering from OCD.

Click here to read the full story in The Gazette.

May 1, 2014