OCD Dorset

About the Group

This is a peer led OCD support group in the Poole area, running on the first Friday of every month from 7pm - 9pm.


Please come along and meet others in a comfortable venue and relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The group is open to people with OCD, BDD or Hoarding Issues, family members and carers. Donations kindly received. The minimum age for this group is 18.


Chris  Tel: 07512190058

Stephen  Tel: 07833 692307

Kirsty  Tel. 07931 371663

Please contact the facilitators for venue details.


About OCD, BDD and Hoarding

The following can be found on www.nhs.uk where you can find more information on causes and treatment for OCD, BDD and Hoarding, and further resources.


About OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition in which a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

If you have OCD, you'll usually experience frequent obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

  • An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease.

  • A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that you feel you need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought.

About BDD

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and to spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance.

BDD can seriously affect daily life, often affecting work, social life and relationships.

A person with BDD may:

  • constantly compare their looks to other people's

  • spend a long time in front of a mirror, but at other times avoid mirrors altogether

  • spend a long time concealing what they believe is a defect

  • become distressed by a particular area of their body (most commonly their face)

  • feel anxious when around other people and avoid social situations

  • be very secretive and reluctant to seek help, because they believe others will see them as vain or self-obsessed

  • seek medical treatment for the perceived defect – for example, they may have cosmetic surgery, which is unlikely to relieve their distress

  • excessively diet and exercise

About Hoarding

A hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner. The items can be of little or no monetary value and usually result in unmanageable amounts of clutter.

It's considered to be a significant problem if:

  • the amount of clutter interferes with everyday living – for example, the person is unable to use their kitchen or bathroom and cannot access rooms

  • the clutter is causing significant distress or negatively affecting the person's quality of life or their family's – for example, they become upset if someone tries to clear the clutter and their relationships with others suffer.