OCD Support Groups

For a list of OCD Support Groups, the International OCD Foundation has recently unveiled their new database.  For me, the most helpful group was one based on the GOAL model, with a professional present, and where members support each other in doing exposures to our fears.  The International OCD Foundation also has a list of local affiliates, which may be able to help in finding a GOAL group.  It's important that you judge for yourself if a particular group is going to be a good fit for you.

The following list is a clearinghouse of groups that I compiled while the IOCDF was database was down. I recently revisited it September, 2016 to take out the links that no longer work. Unfortunately, some of the links in the IOCDF revised database are now out of date, but hopefully, someone at the IOCDF can point you in the right direction.

Some people have found the following helpful in dealing with OCD.

Recovery, Inc.support groups
Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous

INTERNATIONAL


South Africa:  South Africa Anxiety & Depression Group
Sweden:  Svenska OCD-f√∂rbundet Ananke
In the UK:
OCD Action has a list of support groups




UNITED STATES

Some states have very few supports, but the National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) appears to be in a lot of locations.

Alaska

Juneau Alliance for Mental Health


California

Escondido/San Diego Contact
Lori Riddle-Walker
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC40306

The Gateway Institute Costa Mesa

OCD Center of LA 

San Francisco OCD Support Group 


Colorado

NAMI Boulder County(scroll about halfway down)

Connecticut

Fairfield County OCD Support Group 


Florida

Broward County/Ft. Lauderdale      Marcy Turner Phone: (954) 962-6662 or (954) 746-2055

Member Led OCD Support Group(Jacksonville area)
(IOCD Affiliate)

South Florida Support Group (Palm Beach County) Dr. Steven Seay Current groups include an OCD support group for Adults, a member-led OCD support group for adults and family members with OCD, and an OCD support group kids/teens with OCD. Other groups that meet less frequently include our BFRB (body-focused repetitive behavior) group, which is geared towards individuals with trichotillomania (hair-pulling) and dermatillomania (skin-picking).

Weston NeuroBehavioral Institute


Hawaii

Honolulu OCD Support Group: For sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder, and their families. 11 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Star of the Sea Church. Call (808)261-6987.

Illinois

OCD Chicago 



Indiana

OCD Support Group Indianapolis UI School of Medicine

Indianapolis, IN
Anxiety Disorders (OCD/Tricho)
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Mondays
Vikki Satton
7440 N. Shadeland Ave, Suite 202
765-963-3210
Cost: none


Kentucky

PANDAS Parents Support Group Lexington



Maryland

OCD MidAtlantic Affiliate, Silver Spring, MD

Massachusetts

OCD Massachusetts IOCDF Affiliate

The South Shore OCD Support Group holds monthly meetings for adults suffering from OCD, parents of children suffering from OCD or friends and family of adults suffering from OCD.  The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at South Shore Mental Health, 64 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth. No cost. Wheelchair accessible.  Call Barbara Lashley at 508-830-1630 for more information.


Michigan

OCD Foundation of Michigan 

Lansing OCD Support Group  Meets third Monday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at Delta Presbyterian Church

Minnesota


Twin Cities OCD Support Group
(IOCDF Affliliate)


Missouri

St. Louis OCD Support Group

Montana

Bozeman OCD Support Group  406-586-3798

New Hampshire

OCD New Hampshire (IOCDF Affiliate)


New Jersey

New Jersey Affiliate of the OCD Foundation
(IOCDF Affiliate)

Summit OCD Support Group  Call 908-277-9709 (Barbara) or 908-653-5571 (Ryan) or send e-mail to ocd@westfieldnj.com

Teaneck/Hackensack OCD Support Group 



New York

Central New York Support Group(Utica)
(IOCDF Affliliate)

OCD New York (IOCDF Affiliate)

Great Neck Obsessive-Compulsive Support Group. The Institute for Bio-Behavioral Therapy and Research, 935 Northern Blvd., offers a free support group for people affected by obsessive- compulsive disorder. Open to family, friends and person with OCD.

White Plains 
THE ANXIETY AND PHOBIA TREATMENT CENTER
WPHC’s Anxiety and Phobia Treatment center is the first hospital-based center of its kind in the country.  For details on the programs listed below, call 914-681-1038. New sessions for Anxiety & Phobia Support Groups, Freedom to Fly Workshop and Health Anxiety Program will begin in the Fall. For more information call 914-681-1038.

North Carolina

OCD North Carolina (IOCDF Affiliate)

Winston Salem ANXIETY DISORDERS/OCD SUPPORT GROUP: A group for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or anxiety disorders and their friends meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at New Philadelphia Moravian Church, 4440 Country Club Road. For information, call (336)816-2531.


Ohio

OCD Support Group(Mental Health America/Licking County)

OCD Midwest (IOCDF Affliliate)

Oklahoma

OCD Support Group(Tulsa, OK)

Oregon

Portland OCD and Anxiety Center


Pennsylvania



Coping with Anxiety and Panic meets the second Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
PinnacleHealth West Shore Campus
Fredricksen Outpatient Center
2015 Technology Parkway, Conference Room G08
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Harrisburg  OCD Support Group of Greater Harrisburg: Meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill. Information: Martin Young at 440-3857.

Lancaster Anxiety and OCD Support Group, Lancaster: Meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at Mental Health America, 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster. Information: 397-7461.


Mt. Joy L.A.U.G.H.
Learn to Accept Uncertainty
and Gain Hope Support group for sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
at Milanof-Schock Library
Contact:
April Mooney for more information:
email: laughwithocd@comcast.net

OCF of Western PA(Pittsburgh and Erie)
IOCDF Affiliate

OCD Support Group Philadelphia with Harold Kirby


Texas


Dr. Hart and Patty co-lead the Houston OCD Support Group.  This is a free support group for "sufferers" of any OCD spectrum disorder as well as their family members.  Family members may attend without their OCD sufferers.  This support group is held from 7-9 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Houston OCD Program, 1401 Richmond in the Montrose area of Houston.

OCD Texas (IOCDF Affiliate)

Anxiety Support Group(New Braunfels)


Vermont

OCD Support Group Burlington Call for information (802) 343-8114

Virginia

Richmond OCD Support Group (IOCDF Affiliate)



Wisconsin

OCD Support Group in SE Wisconsin(Waukesha)