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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Resources

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- OCD? OCD is characterized by pervasive thinking that causes an uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors with the goal to reduce the associated anxiety. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a disorder that makes the individual feel the need check things again and again. One example is making sure the stove is off many times, or checking the back door to make sure it is locked. These are a few instances that causes the individual great stress and fear that this action needs to happen before they leave the house. These acts may cause great stress, fear and in some cases paranoia.

General Sites

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
Not-for-profit organization of people with OCD and related disorders, their families, and mental health professionals, providing support, assistance, and education to the public. Discussion of therapy and drug treatment options, effects in children, bulletin board.

OCD Action
British organization for individuals with OCD. Includes information on treatment, as well as links to various online resources.

OCD Patient/Family Handout
In-depth article explains the nature and appropriate treatment of this condition. Developed for individuals with OCD and their families by the OC Foundation and the American Psychiatric Association.

Awareness Foundation for OCD and Related Disorders
Non-profit organization promoting public awareness of OCD and related disorders through educational films and public presentations.

WebMD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Dr. Randy Frost
Smith College researcher specializing in OCD, especially "hoarding". Links to articles on OCD and other anxiety disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health Description - OCD

Personal Sites

Doubt and Other Disorders
Personal perspective, expert information, OCD support groups, chat, journals.

Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Information on this condition written from a personal perspective. Includes descriptions of related disorders.

Turn OCD Caterpillars Into Butterflies
Personal story of a nurse who developed OCD as an adult. Information for educators, and a list of resources for those with OCD.

My OCD Den
Information on signs, symptoms, treatments, and help for family and friends. Site includes OCD diary and bulletin board.

Support Groups

OCD Support Groups List
Comprehensive listing of over 160 OCD support groups across the world, including contact information.

Forums

Psych Forums Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD.org - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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