An insight into our Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) workshop

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

BeWell@StepOne workshop spotlight: Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

We understand that people can be nervous about joining online groups and discussing mental health issues. So, we’ve put together a workshop spotlight to make things a little easier when you’re deciding which of our workshops will be best for you.

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears that lead you to do repetitive behaviours. These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress.

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.

About BeWell@StepOne’s Understanding OCD workshop

This 4-week course will assist you in understanding and managing (OCD) and will cover various forms, signs and symptoms people experience. Intrusive thoughts and compulsive tasks can sometimes be very difficult to talk to others about. During this course we will encourage you to feel safe to share your concerns and to feel heard.

The course will look at the cycle of OCD and how this can be broken to enable you to live a less restricting life by taking small, controlled steps to face your fears. We will also discuss the many theories on the causes and treatments.

This course is facilitated by a trainer with this condition who has experience of self-management.

Why should I join this workshop?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is not only distressing for sufferers but for their family members and friends too. Contrary to the popular view of OCD as being harmless over-cleanliness or simply checking things over and over again, people living with OCD experience a high level of anxiety – and the condition can damage their relationships, social and work lives, and physical health. The best way to help yourself and others is to understand your triggers and learn effective techniques to cope with the symptoms.

What does the course aim to achieve?

In this 2-hour workshop, you will:

  • Recognise the different types of obsessions and compulsions
  • Identify the causes of OCD
  • Gain a greater understanding of anxiety
  • Identify the treatment options for OCD
  • Learn a range of self-help techniques to manage OCD

What is the key takeaway from this course?

OCD is not about being tidy. Its about having no control over your negative thoughts.

What our participants say

‘’At times, the course fely more like a support group than a formal informative course, the overall visual presentation of the course was good’’

‘’I hope for more sessions in the near future’’

‘’It was an interesting course with good reminders of techniques and well presented. Thank you’’

What else does BeWell@StepOne offer?

BeWell@StepOne is a mental health and wellbeing support service offered by Step One Charity, available via self-referral. The aim of this service is to help people across Devon manage their own mental health and support others in their communities.

We provide group-based support to as many people as possible across the county through our online workshops, in-person courses, support groups, activities and learning opportunities.

All of our sessions are free and run by professional, qualified, and supportive wellbeing practitioners with lived experience of mental health conditions.

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