Obsessional Compulsive Disorders
Around 1.2% of people in the UK have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) so if you suffer from this condition yourself, you’re definitely not alone!
OCD is characterised by obsessions and compulsions, both of which can cause a lot of anxiety and distress.
Obsessions take the form of persistent intrusive thoughts or images. These can relate to fears that something awful with happen if you don’t do certain things, worrying about contamination and being scared that you might hurt someone, for example. Sometimes, these thoughts and/or images can also be violent.
These obsessions come into your mind involuntarily and can have a significant impact on day-to-day life as they are impossible to ignore.
Compulsions are rituals, actions and behaviours that may temporarily relieve this anxiety in the short term before the cycle starts over again. The compulsion is often stronger and reinforced after the initial relief has passed.
Rituals can involve things like repeatedly washing your hands, and checking that doors are locked or lights are turned off.
Performing these rituals is intended to protect against the fears linked to OCD obsessions but can ultimately cause a lot more distress.
Most people with OCD recognise that their behaviour is unhelpful and irrational but are powerless to stop carrying out their rituals. It’s often the case that trying to fight against obsessions actually makes them have more power.
Hypnotherapy is now recognised as a very successful intervention for OCD. It works with the subconscious mind to uncover the underlying factors and highlight experiences that may have acted as a trigger for OCD obsessions and compulsions. Using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy you can break the thought patterns that fuel compulsions and harness the power of hypnotic suggestion to encourage thinking patterns that are healthier and more positive.