Support Groups

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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.

Find a Support Group in Your Area

The IOCDF Resource Directory lists over 400 support groups for OCD and related disorders around the world. Groups are offered for individuals with the disorder, in addition to their family, loved ones, and caregivers. Find a support group near you.

Do you run a support group? Add it to the Resource Directory:

If you already run a support group for OCD and related disorders in your area, you can create a free listing in our Resource Directory to help more people find your group. Add or update your support group listing.

Start a Support Group of Your Own

Can't find a 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.

Join a Virtual or Phone Support Group

There are many well-run online support groups that you can access from ANYWHERE in the world. Click here to learn more. See the table below for a list of support groups meeting online.

Support Group NameAudienceFocus
Monday/Wednesday Night OCD Support Group (Online via Zoom) w/ Mike FinkChildren, Adolescents, and Adults near Los AngelesOCD
Central Ohio GOALS for OCDAdults in Central OhioOCD
COVID-19 Anxiety and OCD Support GroupChildren, Adolescents, and AdultsOCD
Pittsburgh Support GroupChildren, Adolescents, Adults near Pittssburgh, PAOCD
Pennsylvania Teen OCD Support GroupTeens in PennsylvaniaOCD
Cambridge OCD Support GroupAdults near Cambridge, MAOCD
Jacksonville OCD Support GroupAdults near Jacksonville, FLOCD
OCD Family Support GroupAdolescents, Adults, Familes near Jacksonville, FLOCD
South Bay OCD Support GroupAdults in the Bay Area, CAOCD
Teen and Young Adults Peer Support GroupTeens and Young AdultsOCD
Guildford OC AnonymousChildren, Adolescents, and Adults in the UKOCD
Scrupulosity OCD Education & Support GroupAdults with ScrupulosityOCD
T.E.A.M. (Teens Engaging Anxiety of the Mind) OCD: A GOAL Support GroupTeenagersOCD
Mental Health CommunityAdolescents, AdultsOCD
ZOOM OCD Support GroupChildren, Adolescents, Adults near MiamiOCD
GOAL Support GroupAdults in CaliforniaOCD
Parents of Anxious Kids (PoAK)Parents of school aged children with OC/Anxiety related disordersOCD
Adult OCD Support Group Adolescents, AdultsOCD
OCD Therapeutic Support GroupAdults in Kansas City, MOOCD
Hoarding Disorder Support GroupAdults with Hoarding Disorder in WisconsinHoarding
Noe Valley BFRB Support GroupAdolescents & Adults with BFRBBFRBs
Rogers Behavioral Health OCD and Anxiety Support GroupAdults in WisconsinOCD
OCD Support Group of NorthWest OhioFamily members of individuals with OCD regardless of ageOCD
Compassion Focused Therapy GroupHoarding Group for Adults in CaliforniaOCD
Adult OCD & Anxiety Support GroupChildren, Adolescents, Families and Adults.OCD
Mental Health Strong Spouses Virtual Support Group
Adult Spouses Support GroupOCD
Parents of Adult Children with OCD (U.S. and Canada)
Parents of Adult Children with OCD
OCD
Adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Exposure Response Prevention GroupAdolescents in ColoradoOCD
OCD (Virtual) Meditation GroupPersons, families, and care-givers concerned with OCD (India)OCD
Talk TOC Family, Partners and FriendsFamily, partners and friends of OCD patients (Mexico)OCD
Bloomington/Normal, Illinois OCD Support GroupAdults with OCDOCD
GOAL group for OCDAdultsOCD
OCD Support for Older AdultsOlder Adults with OCDOCD
Adolescent Support groupAdolescents in FloridaOCD
Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum & Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder(Buenos Aires)OCD
OCD Ottawa Support GroupAdults living in CanadaOCD
Online Body Dysmorphic Disorder Support GroupChildren, Adolescents, AdultsBDD
BDD Online Support GroupAdults in ColoradoBDD
Louisiana Virtual Support Group for OCD and Related DisordersIndividuals who suffer from OCD and related disorders, as well as their family and friendsObsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Hoarding Disorder
Skin Picking
Trichotillomania
Perfectionism
Scrupulosity
Violent/Sexual Obsessions
Moms with OCDAdult MothersOCD
Pay What You Can Peer SupportAdults, Children, AdolescentsBDD,
Hoarding,
Skin Picking,
Trichotillomania,
PANDAS/PANS,
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders,
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD),
Eating Disorders (ED),
Substance Use Disorders (SUD),
Tics/Tourettes,
Perfectionism,
Scrupulosity,
Violent/Sexual Obsessions,
,OCD
San Diego OCD Support GroupAdults in San DiegoOCD
Teen GOALS Support GroupTeens in California- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Perfectionism
- Scrupulosity
- Violent/Sexual Obsessions
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- PANDAS/PANS
Mental Illness Caregiver Support GroupAdults in OhioTreatment of Co-occurring Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Eating Disorders (ED)
Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Adult OCD Support Group Adults with OCDOCD
OCD SUPPORT – RugbyAnyone effected by OCD - Minimum age 16OCD
Online Clutter Reduction Skills & Support Grouppeople looking for support with hoardingHoarding
Online Group Treatment for Hoarding Disorderadults 60+ struggling with hoarding issues living in Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, or WeymouthHoarding
Online Group Treatment for Hoarding Disorderadults 60+ struggling with hoarding issues living in Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, or WeymouthHoarding
Jefferson Center Buried in TreasuresIndividuals 60+Hoarding
Supportive Art for Individuals with OCDIndividuals suffering from OCD, family members or friends, couples living with OCDSkin Picking
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders
Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
Perfectionism
Violent/Sexual Obsessions
OCD
Navigating College with OCDOCD survivors, loved ones of those with OCDOCD
OCD and Related Disorders Resources Internationalindividual, loved ones family and friendsOCD, Co-occurring Disorders
Therapists with BDD Online Support GroupTherapists and Clinicians with BDDBDD
Adult Sufferers Support GroupAdults suffering from OCDOCD
Kansas OCD Adult Support GroupAdults diagnosed with OCDOCD
Perfectionism
Scrupulosity
Violent/Sexual Obsessions
OCD Writing ClubAdult with OCD (with or without a formal diagnosis)OCD
GSO OCD Family Member Support Group Family members and parents of those with OCDOCD
Skin Picking
Trichotillomania
Perfectionism
Scrupulosity
Violent/Sexual Obsessions
OCD Online Writing Community People living with OCDOCD
Arlington OCD Support Group Adults and AdolescentsOCD
Kids and Teens with OCDKids and teens age 9-17 with OCDOCD
Family and Friends OCD Support Group Family members and friends of adults (17+) with OC and related disordersOCD
Young Adults OCD Peer Support Group Young adults who have been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and/or Related Disorders (recommend ages 16-34)OCD
Virtual Support Group for Family Members of People with OCD Family membersOCD
Twin Cities OCD Support Group Typically, anyone 17 and older with OCD and those that support them.OCD
Family Member OCD Support Group Adults anywhere in the U.S. who have family members or loved ones 13+ who struggle with OCD.OCD
Perfectionism
Scrupulosity
Violent/Sexual Obsessions
Portland Peer to Peer OCD Support Group Individuals with OCD and their familyOCD
Free Online OCD Support Group for those with OCD and their loved ones Individuals with OCD and those who love them.OCD
Free – Online Peer-Led OCD Social/Support Group for Teens & Young Adults Teens (preferably 15 and above) and Young AdultsOCD
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Hoarding Disorder
Skin Picking
Tics/Tourettes
Trichotillomania
Perfectionism
Scrupulosity
Eating Disorders (ED)
Bridging The Gap – One-on-One Calls/Zoom Meetings for Parents of Teens with OCD Parents of Teens with OCDOCD
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Hoarding Disorder
Perfectionism
Scrupulosity
Las Vegas Adult OCD Peer Support Group Adults in treatment for OCD or adults who have achieved OCD symptom remission.
OCD
Costa Mesa OCD Support Group for Families and Loved Ones Family, friends and those affected with OCDOCD
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Hoarding Disorder
Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders