Welcome


 This peer-lead support group welcomes adult sufferers of
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder),
 and related disorders
  • BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder),
  • Trichotillomania / Dermatillomania (compulsive hair pulling / skin picking),
  • Compulsive Hoarding.

Friends and family of sufferers are also welcome.  We meet in the evening twice per month to support each other.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a distressing and debilitating illness.  Sufferers have repetitive, unpleasant and unwanted thoughts, accompanied by the urge to do or think things to neutralise the thoughts.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder sufferers have negative obsessions about their appearance (e.g. face, eyes, hair, ears, body fat, muscles, etc.) which interfere with their life.  BDD drives compulsions (e.g. covering/'fixing' the perceived flaw, mirror-checking, or withdrawing from situations due to feeling 'ugly').
Sufferers of Trichotillomania / Dermatillomania are unable to stop pulling their hair or picking their skin.  Tension builds-up until the act of pulling or picking relieves stress.  These conditions lead to visible hair loss or scarring, often followed by shame and guilt.
Sufferers of Compulsive Hoarding accumulate items that are often useless and not valuable, but they feel compelled to hoard for emotional reasons or to avoid anxiety.

In this friendly group though you can discuss your problems in confidence with others who will understand your condition and the distress that it causes you.  You can also listen to other sufferers' problems to know that you are not alone, and to find a path to recovery.



To attend the group meetings see below.

More information about OCD is found by clicking on the menu items in the left margin, and you can also download a PDF of our 2017 pamphlet.


Meetings

Meeting place

IRiS (Integrated Recovery in Service)
4 Waylen Street,
(corner of Waylen St and Oxford Rd)
Reading,
RG1 7UR

Maps

Times

7.30 pm.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month
(see diary below - always check on day in case of cancellation)

Cost

No charge, but donations for the venue are welcome.

Facilitator

Ross Bannister


Format of the meetings

Relaxed, informal and confidential - talk, listen or do both. Refreshments available on request.
 


Example OCD themes 

Each person's OCD is unique, but it often falls into one or more of these categories:
  • Doubts and ruminations.
  • Intrusive thoughts.
  • Cleanliness and contamination.
  • Security.
  • Sexuality and relationships.
  • Responsibility.
  • Harm, danger and health.
  • Religion and scrupulosity.
  • 'Magical' thinking, counting and touching.
  • Symmetry.
  • Pure-O OCD.
  • Perfectionism.
  • + anything else.

Contact for further information

The preferred means of contact is e-mail:

readingocd@gmail.com

but you may instead phone:
Ross on 0118 926 3791 (answer-phone available).

Please do get in touch before your first visit.  We try to check e-mails daily.  Your e-mail or call is confidential and you haven't got to write anything that you are uncomfortable with.  E-mails are read only by the facilitators.


Meeting Diary
Please check here for changes/cancellation/special events.
Some of our 2017 leaflets have incorrect dates - the dates in the list below are correct.
(Check the day of each meeting in case of last minute changes).
Please do get in touch before before your first visit either by phone or email

Announcement - the meeting on 15th August is cancelled.
2017
Jan: 3, 17 Feb: 7, 21
Mar: 7, 21
Apr: 4, 18
May: 2, 16
Jun: 6, 20
Jul: 4, 18
Aug: 1, 15
Sep: 5, 19
Oct: 3, 17
Nov: 7, 21
Dec: 5, 19
We are very grateful to IRiS for generously allowing us use of their meeting room for no charge, and to Trinity Church for past use of their hall, also for no charge.
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