The Norwich and Norfolk OCD Support Group
by Geraldine Scott, Organisation Founder
I established the Norwich and Norfolk Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Support Group in Norwich, Norfolk in 2004. During this time I have met many people with OCD, their relatives, carers and several mental health professionals who specialise in this area.
OCD can be difficult to quantify, it can depend upon how long someone has had this anxiety disorder for and, the amount of time OCD is absorbing their life. OCD can be made up of anything but there are usually four types of categories and quite often it consists of a primary and secondary group. You can see more about these categories demonstrated on the What is OCD? page.
As founder of the Norwich and Norfolk OCD Support Group in Norfolk, in my opinion, OCD is very complex and can very often be misunderstood, misjudged and it’s seriousness under-estimated. The client can be plagued with irrational, intrusive thoughts and unwanted behaviour every waking hour of the day, so much so that the ‘irrational thoughts’ get confused with their ‘useful and constructive thoughts’ and causes inner conflict. It is multi-faceted, multi-layered and I would also describe it as an accumulation of numerous phobias of varying sizes.
I therefore felt it was essential to have a specialised group in the Norwich and Norfolk area to help people to understand, gain knowledge, support and when and where applicable, tackle their OCD by using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). For more details on CBT, please visit the www.nhs.uk/conditions/cognitive-behavioural-therapy link.
The group we run is professionally led; open, friendly, discreet and good humour is also shared amongst our members. Our meetings are held in central Norwich, on the first Tuesday evening of the month and are always positive, practical and constructive. Our group discussions are very informative and quite frequently new discoveries relating to OCD are made. The key focus is empathy and support; however, we are the first OCD community group in the UK that also offer a tiered structure developed by myself to challenge this anxiety disorder. Please see Our Approach page.
New members are required to telephone before attending their first meeting at least two days prior to the support group, this will allow us to accommodate everyone and welcome you. To find out more about these meetings please go to the Support Group page.
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OCD Support in Norwich and Norfolk
We are here to help...
- We offer discussion in a non-judgmental and confidential environment.
- We listen, provide understanding, share knowledge and experiences.
- We discuss strategies, observe achievements and provide support.
- We help you to improve assertiveness and develop self-esteem.
- We discuss CBT, Mindfulness and offer encouragement to move forward.
The Purpose of our Organisation
The purpose of our organisation is to provide support to carers and sufferers of OCD including those who want to gain a better understanding of the disorder. The group does not provide treatment; it offers support in a non-judgmental, confidential environment and an opportunity to share/communicate knowledge and experiences. This is done by way of open communication, discussion, debate and psycho-education.
Our evening support groups are very positive, practical and upbeat in their approach to overcoming the difficulties of OCD. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is discussed between members that have been practising this therapy collectively for a number of years. Some of our group’s members are proactive with CBT and continually strive to make improvements in their condition by studying and examining this theory, practising CBT and on occasions, the mentoring of this process.
Mobile: 07432 655579
You can contact us by sending a text message to the above mobile number.
(This mobile number will NOT take voice messages)
Telephone: 01603 619246
(Messages can be left on the landline)