Understanding & Managing OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterised by frequent unwanted, uninvited and intrusive thoughts, images, urges, impulses and doubts which cause marked and significant distress. They are accompanied by compulsive and ritualistic behaviours which act to reduce the distress.

This course aims to increase your awareness and understanding of this often misunderstood and secretive disorder. We look at common misconceptions and explore the wider context of OCD to help you manage the symptoms of OCD and know how to support people living with the disorder.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Be able to define OCD and explore common misconceptions of the disorder
  • Know the difference between obsessions and compulsions
  • Have a better understanding of the nature of intrusive thoughts, images, impulses, urges and the obsessive compulsive cycle
  • Understand the long term effects of OCD on individuals, their families and carers
  • Understand the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Understand the use of medication
  • Understand how OCD affects people and learn techniques that help reduce anxiety and distress
  • Understand the role that friends and family play in supporting people in their recovery.


Date:  18 August 2023

Times:  10am to 4pm

Venue:  Seminar Room 1, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL

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