Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects two to three percent of the population (more than 500,000 Australians). It usually begins in late childhood or early adolescence. People with OCD experience recurrent and persistent thoughts, images or impulses that are intrusive and unwanted (obsessions). They also perform repetitive and ritualistic actions that are excessive, time-consuming and distressing (compulsions).
People with OCD are usually aware of the irrational and excessive nature of their obsessions and compulsions. However, they feel unable to control their obsessions or resist their compulsions. (Better Health Channel 2016).
Mental Health Foundation Australia is one of the oldest mental health associations in Australia and for many years has provided community education and support services. The OCD Support Group has been established for those with this diagnosis who would find the social support beneficial on their road to maintenance and recovery from OCD.
The group will meet every second Tuesday, 7.30pm to 9.00pm at Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra (enter via Wilson street, Parking at the Jam Factory) Call our office on 03 9826 1422 or 0448 115 492