Small steps for a big cause on Sunday June 4th, 2017

What is OCD?

OCD is a mental disorder that is characterized by obsessive, intrusive thoughts +/or compulsive behaviours that significantly interfere with normal life.

Examples of obsessions

Go to Fear of contamination

Fear of contamination

(dirt, germs, diseases)

Go to Repeated doubting

Repeated doubting

(whether the door was locked, or the stove was turned off). In fact, OCD is often referred to as ‘The Doubting Disease’

Go to Focus on exactness and order

Focus on exactness and order

Common compulsions

The compulsions are behaviours or rituals that the person performs in an effort to reduce or suppress these obsessions. Common compulsions would include:

Cleaning / Washing

(washing hands too often, cleaning household items repeatedly)


(repeatedly checking paperwork for mistakes, checking the toaster is off)

Ordering / Arranging

Who gets OCD?

OCD affects both men and women equally. It occurs in all races and socioeconomic levels. The average age of onset is about 19, but OCD can occur in young children as well. OCD affects about 1 person in 40.

OCD is the 4th most common mental illness.

The World Health Organization has ranked OCD as the 10th leading cause of disability.

OCD costs Ontario approximately $828 MILLION a year

Famous people with OCD include Howard Hughes, Billy Bob Thornton, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo Di Caprio, Howie Mandel, David Beckham and Justin Timberlake.

What causes OCD?

The exact cause of OCD is not known, but it appears to be caused by a combination of psychological, biological, and genetic factors. Experts believe that OCD may be caused in part by neurotransmitters, like serotonin or glutamate, which behave abnormally in certain areas of the brain.

Why support Sunnybrook?

Sunnybrook Hospital, through the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre, is among the leaders in North America in advancing best treatments for OCD. Through their research, including genetic studies of OCD, we are marching (or walking!) toward a cure.

OCD Walk Toronto - Sunday, June 4th, 2017, registration at 10:30am and the walk starts at 11:00am

Martin Goodman Trail (base of Windermere Ave.) proceeding east to Sunnyside Pavilion and to Palais Royale. Total one-way distance is less than 2 kilometers
FREE DRAW! $150 New Balance Gift Certificate

OCD Walk Toronto Crew

Team Captain

Matt Mysak


Tony Caputo

David Cefai

Debbie Mysak

Joanna Mysak

Joe Mysak

Jenn Shenouda-Levine

Marilyn Sturino


Mike Buba

Irene Caputo

Michelle Macdonald

Joe Modeste

Kathy Ross

Dana Schlosser

Ben Schoene

Stefanie Schoene

Questions or Feedback

please contact Matt Mysak