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

Are you a doctor or mental health care provider in or near Reading?  Please tell your patients about this group, plus download and print our pamphlet and poster.

This small and friendly 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.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a distressing and debilitating illness. Sufferers have repetitive, unpleasant and unwanted thoughts, accompanied by the urge to do, think, or avoid things to neutralise the thoughts.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder sufferers have negative ideas 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 you can discuss your problems in confidence with others who will understand your condition and the distress that it causes to help find a path to recovery.  You can also help other sufferers in a similar situation.

To attend the group meetings see below.
More information about OCD is found by clicking on the menu items at the top.
You can also download our pamphlet.  Why not display our poster at your workplace?


Meeting place

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


Day and time

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


No charge.


Ross Bannister

Format of the meetings

Relaxed, informal and confidential - talk, listen or do both.
Bring along a mug for a cuppa!

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:


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 say or 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.

(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.

 Jan: 2, 16  Feb: 6, 20  Mar: 6, 20
 Apr: 3, 17  May: 1, 15  Jun: 5, 19
 Jul: 3, 17  Aug: 7, 21  Sep: 4, 18
 Oct: 2, 16  Nov: 6, 20  Dec: 4, 18
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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