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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (cont.)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Groups and Counseling

Many support groups are available for people with obsessive compulsive disorder, but not everyone with OCD will find a support group useful. Groups can add more stress for some people rather than relieving it. When considering joining a support group, think about the following:

  • A useful group involves both newcomers and people who have had OCD for a longer time.
  • You should feel comfortable with the people in the group.
  • Group leaders should make shy members feel welcome and prevent others from dominating discussions. Discussions should provide you with useful information.
  • Established groups are often more useful because the history of the group may indicate that it is stable and meets the needs of its members.
  • Groups that promise immediate cures and solutions are probably unrealistic.
  • Some group discussions are merely complaint sessions and do not offer helpful information or constructive discussions.
  • Avoid any group that encourages you to stop the multimodality therapy prescribed by your health-care professional.
  • Groups should not require you to reveal personal or sensitive information.
  • Groups should not charge high fees or require you to buy products.
  • Groups usually discourage members from having personal relationships outside the group, since that might undermine the work that occurs in the group.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2012

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