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Community Guidelines

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My OCD Community is part of HealthUnlocked, a network of over 200 conditions and wellness communities from organizations you know and trust. By using HealthUnlocked (HU) you are accepting these posting guidelines and agree to HealthUnlocked’s site Guidelines and Terms of Use. Members of the My OCD Community should read HU’s Guidelines in conjunction with the My OCD Community Guidelines outlined below.

HU Community Guidelines:

HU Terms of Use:

Below are the My OCD Community Guidelines aimed at creating a safe and supportive community for all of our members. Many of HU’s guidelines are repeated here.

Professional Health Information:

IOCDF strives to provide useful, up-to-date information on matters of concern to individuals affected by OCD and related disorders. The information posted on this site should not be used as a means of diagnosis, determining treatment, nor replace the relationship between you and your therapists or other healthcare professionals.

Posting Content (Posts/Questions/Replies/Private Messages):

Content posted by individual members does not represent the views of the IOCDF or HealthUnlocked.

You are encouraged to post content about your own life with OCD or a related disorder, ask questions, and offer support and advice.

Content should never be abusive, derogatory, sexually explicit or suggestive, or deliberately misleading. If you consider someone else’s content violates this rule, please report it via the “Report Abuse” option or via the Feedback button. Content that is felt to violate this policy will either be edited or removed. All feedback reports are read by moderators and it is their judgement on what action, if any, is taken.

Neither IOCDF nor HealthUnlocked is responsible for any offense or injury that a member may draw from another member’s content.

Any content posted on this community can be read, used, reproduced, and cited by other users of the site. You have the option to delete content you posted.

When you post third-party information, such as information about new treatments, you are asked to provide references and links to sources wherever possible. Links should be to a reputable site.

Moderating Content:

Content posted on this community is moderated by IOCDF and HealthUnlocked. Moderation takes place after content is posted.

Moderation helps maintain a safe, positive environment for all members of the community. Content may be edited or removed to ensure that the community remains supportive and responsive to everyone.

The community is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Moderation occurs after posting and between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

Reporting and Flagging Posts:

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) takes the safety and security of our community members very seriously. If you ever come across a particular post or interaction that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, please make sure to report it right away. Flagging a post helps bring it immediately to the attention of IOCDF staff members. While we do review all the posts in My OCD Community, the main purpose of this platform is to be a space for peer-to-peer interaction. Therefore, we also rely on you, the community members, to let us know if you are seeing a post which may cause you to be uncomfortable or concerned.

To flag a post, click the "More" button underneath the post in question and then select "Report". You'll be given the option to type up a short explanation of why the post was concerning to you.

The person whose post you flag will not be notified that you did so.


Please note that IOCDF does not endorse or recommend any specific products, services, therapies, or activities mentioned by any third party (individual or company).

Online Safety:

In this community, there may be discussions of health-related issues and sharing of personal information.

Please note that the My OCD Community is an open site, meaning that any posts are searchable by internet search engines and can be shared via social media platforms. If you would rather your content was not searchable or shareable, you can select the visibility status of your post as visible to “Only followers in my community” (Hidden Post) before you click submit.

For your own safety, you should not disclose personal information such as your full name, email address, home address, telephone number, or any other information which could directly or indirectly identify you.

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