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 200 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. Click here to find a support group near you.

Join an Online 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
Bhava Way Support GroupAdolescents, AdultsOCD
ZOOM OCD Support GroupChildren, Adolescents, Adults near MiamiOCD
GOAL Support GroupAdults in CaliforniaOCD
Parents of Anxious Kids (PoAK)Parents of Anxious KidsOCD
Seacoast OCD Support GroupAdolescents, Adults in New HampshireOCD
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
Cognitive Behavioral 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 Support Group16+ and olderOCD
Online Body Dysmorphic Disorder Support GroupChildren, Adolescents, AdultsBDD

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 here.

Already running a support group? Make sure to list it in 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. Click here to add or update your support group listing.