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.