Support Groups

There is a sense of community that exists in a well-run support group: It can mean finding others who know how you feel, or being seen as someone with a disorder rather than as the disorder itself. If you are reading this, you have likely been affected by OCD or a related disorder in some way, either as an individual with OCD or a related disorder, or as a family member or supporter watching someone struggle with the disorder.

While support groups are not meant to be a substitute for individual therapy, they can serve as a great step in that direction, or as an important addition to therapy, or part of a relapse prevention plan. Peers can offer something different than a therapist, and this should not be underestimated.  Meeting other people going through similar situations can be very healing and beneficial — it can make people feel less lonely and isolated, as well as more connected to and understood by others.

To find a support group near you, search our Resource Directory here.

If there is not a support group in your area:

  • Consider starting your own!  You don’t need to be a mental health professional to run an effective support group.  Take a look at our Guide to Starting a Support Group here.
  • Join and online or phone-based support group.  There are many well-run online support groups that you can access from ANYWHERE in the world.  Click here to learn more.