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      I am 21 years old that is born and raised in London. I need to be reassured that I may not contribute to someone in my family getting sick, no matter how much I think this way and know its wrong.

      I get told I am too young to be diagnosed with ocd (I got assessed for ocd 2 years ago. the Dr said I have ocd but refused to diagnose me because I am young. It makes me feel like my problems have been undermined. It makes no sense; struggles should not be dependent on age, but experiences, however, many professionals don’t see that and that confuses me and pushed me from seeking help for a while. I admire my family’s strength for helping me to overcome these hurdles but I feel so guilty and want to help them

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        We want you to know that you can also contact the OCD Action Helpline and Email Service to talk to or email someone who understands OCD.

        Our Helpline volunteers provide confidential and unbiased help, information and support for people with OCD (and their family members too). Most volunteers have personal experience of OCD; all understand OCD and how it can impact a family’s life.

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        If you don’t live in the UK, you can look for groups near you on the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) website. Look in the section “Find Help” and then under “Listing Types”, choose “Support Groups”:

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