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Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental condition wherein a person experiences persistent meddling thoughts, notions, and feelings (obsession) that provoke distress and anxiety. To reduce these intruding feelings and anxiety, they engage in repetitive conduct that they feel compelled to perform (compulsive). 

OCD can be diagnosed through psychological evaluation and physical examination, and there are multiple treatments available for OCD patients, including CBT and medications. In addition to these treatments, some people with the condition also find great help in joining support groups. In this blog, we will discuss these support groups and how they can help people with OCD. 

What is OCD? 

In the introduction, we informed you that OCD is a mental condition with the presence of unreasonable thoughts and fears that cause anxiety and lead to compulsive behaviors. These behaviors and feelings start to interfere with your daily life, and you can’t control or stop them.

What causes OCD is not yet known, but it’s believed that factors such as genetics, the environment where a person grows, brain biology, and chemistry may play a role. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), close to two percent of the world's population have OCD. 

What are OCD Support Groups? 

In general, a support group offers a safe space wherein one can share their thoughts, ideas, information, resources, stories, and struggles with like-minded people. The same concept applies here, too. It can be organized by agencies like mental health providers or by individuals, and there are three types of support groups, these are:- 


It is organized by people who share common experiences and challenges. They share the knowledge that they’ve gained through collective experience. They also receive and give help based on the knowledge they acquired through the support group. 


Unlike peer-led support groups, formal support groups are led by mental health professionals. Their expertise adds a different dimension to the peer-to-peer support experiences. 


This group is led by a peer and a professional who leverages the strength of both approaches, offering a deep connection of shared experience and professional guidance along with structured support. 

Importance of Joining Support Groups 

Along with medications and therapies, joining a support group brings added advantages to people with OCD.  

By joining a support group, you can realize that you are not alone, there are people with share the same goals and challenges. It offers a space wherein you can express your feelings without being judged. You can gain lots of knowledge, and help others, and by socializing you are not just improving your social skills, but also reducing stress levels.

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Finding Local OCD Support Groups 

Finding local support groups can serve as a great step toward finding people who can understand how you feel and offer a safe space to share your experience. Here are a few tips to locate local support groups and the benefits that they can offer. 

How to Locate Local Groups 

There are multiple avenues to find local support groups. The best and most effective option is using the Internet. You can search online to find many local support groups and can opt-in according to your needs. You can also get in touch with mental health providers and professionals or visit their website to find related information. You can utilize the power of social media such as Meta (Facebook), Reddit, etc, which often have local group support dedicated to mental health.  

Benefits of Local Support Networks 

Local support networks offer countless benefits beyond accessibility. Since it is local, the language differences are less likely to be a problem. Other benefits include offering a sense of belonging and emotional support, lessening feelings of isolation, decreasing stress and anxiety, sharing knowledge, and igniting hope. Moreover, local networks may connect you with local resources and information and can offer coping strategies.  

Online OCD Support Groups: Connecting Globally 

Earlier in this article, we informed you that approximately 2% of the global population has OCD. This highlights the importance of global support and solidarity online for individuals coping with OCD. These online groups offer a sense of community and understanding, spanning across geographical boundaries to provide comfort, guidance, and shared experiences in managing OCD challenges. 

How to Engage with Online Groups 

Engaging with online groups can be rewarding and offers valuable information, support, and connection. Here are a few important tips you can use to get the most out of the online groups. 

  • Before Joining the group, identify your goals 
  • Do thorough research about the group 
  • Actively participate in discussions and events 
  • Be respectful and positive 
  • Ask thoughtful Questions 
  • Listen and respond accordingly 
  • Respect boundaries 
  • Share knowledge and information 

Benefits of Online OCD Support Groups 

More often than not, support groups offer benefits that help you achieve your goals and connect you with new and like-minded people. Here are some more benefits one can get with online OCD support groups. 

  • Connecting with people who understand your struggle 
  • Helps you find people with shared experience 
  • Encourage peer relationships for emotional support 
  • Learn various methods of managing OCD 
  • Receive feedback and encouragement to boost confidence 
  • Allowing you to participate at your own pace and comfort  
  • Find support beyond geographical boundaries 

Specialized Support: Spouses and Family Groups 

Facing challenges alongside a loved one can be isolating and overwhelming, especially when dealing with complex conditions like OCD. The daily struggles, emotional toll, and unique anxieties can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Fortunately, specialized resources and support are available to guide you. 

Support for Spouses of Individuals with OCD 

Spouses often play a crucial role in the support and care of individuals with OCD. Here are a few helpful strategies and resources for spouses of individuals with OCD. 

  • Educational resources: Empower yourself by learning about OCD through reliable sources to better understand. 
  • Open Communication: Promote trust and understanding by creating a safe space for open dialogue about your partner's OCD symptoms, triggers, and treatment progress. 
  • Empathy and Patience: Offer reassurance and encouragement, acknowledging the challenges they face with empathy while practicing patience and understanding. 
  • Self-Care: Prioritize your own well-being by engaging in self-care activities that promote relaxation and stress management.  
  • Seek Professional Help: Encourage your partner to seek specialized treatment from qualified professionals. Assist them with appointments and attending therapy sessions. 

Family-Centric Support Groups: A Pillar of Strength 

Family-centric support groups serve as valuable sources of comfort and direction for relatives of those affected by OCD. These groups provide a platform for sharing experiences, learning coping mechanisms, and gaining insights into the challenges faced by both individuals with OCD and their family members.  

By creating a sense of community and understanding, these groups entrust families with the right tools and strategies to navigate the complexity of OCD. 

Creating Your Support Network: Tips and Best Practices 

Creating your own support network may sound a little overwhelming, but it is possible with a bit of effort. If your area doesn’t have a support group, then creating one will help those fighting against OCD in a big way. Before building a support network, there are a few important things you need to consider, and these are:- 

  • Audience: First and foremost is your audience. You need to decide whether the support group is for individuals with OCD or for those who are connected with them. 
  • Leadership: Support groups thrive with leadership! Choose a pro for expertise, a peer leader for shared experience, or combine both for a powerful blend. 
  • Establishing Guidelines: Setting up ground rules is very important. Rules such as confidentiality, respecting boundaries, appropriate response, etc., can create a safe and comfortable space for everyone.  
  • Getting Group Members: No group is complete without members. You can utilize social media platforms such as Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn, etc. It is also important to set up the minimum and maximum size of the group. 

Support Groups that should be avoided 

You can find many support groups; some are great, and some aren’t. So, how do you find out which ones you should avoid? Here are a few signs that may indicate whether the support group is worth your time.  

  • If the group is all about bashing and no help 
  • If you hear a soft/hard-selling pitch 
  • Too costly for no reason 
  • If the space makes you uncomfortable, disrespectful, or unsafe 
  • If openness to diverse perspectives is limited or judgemental 
  • If it offers a miracle cure for the condition 
  • If it undermines scientifically proven approaches 

What to Consider When Choosing a Support Group? 

So, now the question is what to consider when selecting a support group. Here are a few signs that can give you hints of its worthiness. 

  • Respect privacy and confidentiality 
  • Offers a safe and comfortable space 
  • Non-judgmental and welcoming 
  • Well-set-up guidelines and rules 
  • Offers insights, information, and knowledge 
  • Helps with effective coping strategies 
  • If members look happy and enjoy their time at the session. 
  • It shouldn’t be too costly or unaffordable 

Questions to Ask Before Joining a Support Group 

When deciding on which support group to join, it is always a plus point to ask a few important questions to the facilitator to understand the group's mission and values. Below, we have listed a set of questions that you can ask. 

  • How old is the group? 
  • What are the requirements for a new member to join? 
  • What are the confidentiality guidelines? 
  • Does the group have any affiliation? 
  • What are the structures of the meeting? 
  • How long does a session last? 
  • How many members are there? 
  • Who runs it, and their qualification? 

The Journey Toward Healing with Cadabams 

At present, OCD may not be curable, but with the right treatments and therapies, its symptoms can be brought under control. Having a support network for both individuals with OCD and their families will help you realize that you’re not alone.  

At Cadabams, we offer comprehensive approaches to managing OCD, combining therapy, medication, and support systems to promote healing. By addressing the underlying factors contributing to OCD and providing tailored interventions, Cadabams guides individuals on a journey toward greater understanding, acceptance, and empowerment in navigating their mental health challenges. 

If you are searching for a solution to your problem, Cadabam’s Rehabilitation Centre can help you with its team of specialized experts. We have been helping thousands of people live healthier and happier lives for 30+ years. We leverage evidence-based approaches and holistic treatment methods to help individuals effectively manage their OCD. Get in touch with us today. You can call us at +91 96111 94949

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1. What is the best support for OCD? 

The best support for OCD typically involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, and support groups. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps individuals understand and manage their OCD symptoms, while medication may alleviate symptoms. Support groups offer peer understanding and encouragement in coping with OCD challenges. 

2. Why is living with OCD so hard? 

Living with OCD can be incredibly challenging due to the intrusive nature of obsessive thoughts and the compulsive behaviors they trigger. The constant cycle of anxiety, fear, and the need to perform rituals can disrupt daily life, relationships, and overall well-being, making it difficult to function normally. 

3. What is the lifestyle of someone with OCD? 

The lifestyle of someone with OCD often revolves around managing their symptoms. This may involve adhering to strict routines, performing rituals or compulsions to alleviate anxiety, and avoiding triggers that exacerbate their obsessions. 

4. What activities help with OCD? 

Activities such as mindfulness meditation, exercise, creative outlets like art or music, and engaging in hobbies can help individuals with OCD manage symptoms. These activities promote relaxation, distraction from intrusive thoughts, and a sense of accomplishment, providing valuable coping mechanisms in navigating the challenges of OCD.  

5. What are some benefits of having OCD? 

Some potential benefits of having OCD include heightened attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and a tendency towards thoroughness and precision in tasks. Additionally, individuals with OCD may exhibit dedication and perseverance in pursuing goals, as well as a heightened awareness of potential risks or hazards in their environment. 

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