08/10/2011 08:14 am ET Updated Oct 10, 2011

How Do I Talk To Someone With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Have a loved one diagnosed with depression? Cancer? The thought of talking to that person can be scary and awkward. What do you say? What is polite, appropriate, helpful?

“What Do I Say” is a new original video series that will answer these questions on an ongoing basis. Tune in on Wednesdays, and look at our schedule below to see when we’re covering a topic affecting your life.

Future "How To Talk To Someone With ..."

August 17 - Cancer
August 24 - Depression
August 31 – Bipolar Disorder
September 7 – Breast Cancer
September 14 – ADHD


Dr. Coffey is an internationally-recognized specialist in tics and Tourette’s Disorder and related problems including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She is the Director of our Tics and Tourette's Clinical and Research Program and Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Coffey has been regularly named among New York Magazine's and Boston Magazine's "Best Doctors." She is the author of hundreds of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She previously served on the medical advisory board of the Tourette Syndrome Association.

Dr. Coffey’s research has focused on the natural history, course, clinical phenomenology and treatment of Tourette's and tic disorders, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders with streptococcus (PANDAS), and the relationship between tics and the other psychiatric comorbid disorders. She has served as principal, co-principal or site investigator on multiple studies with federal or investigator-initiated industry sponsored funding; including National Institutes of Mental Health, National Institutes of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Tourette Syndrome Association.

Dr. Coffey earned her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine and her M.S. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed a residency in general psychiatry at Boston University Hospital and a residency in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Coffey has served as a senior Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and former Chair and Steering Committee member of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee on Certification. Most recently, Dr. Coffery was recognized as one of three people who received the highest average ratings on speaker evaluations from the Lifelong Learning Institute at the annual American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) meeting.