Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder associated with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. A person suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder will often have intrusive, unwanted and unpleasant thoughts and are compelled to perform repetitive behaviours in an attempt to prevent their obsessions becoming true.
It’s important to remember that it’s okay to be a little bit obsessive about some things. If it has a positive outcome and no detrimental affects whatsoever then that’s alright. The problem comes when you begin to get obsessive and compulsive over something within your life and it starts to have a negative impact on you.
Recurrent thoughts, images or urges that can’t seem to be shaken off can often be the cause of excessive distress, anxiety or guilt. These obsessions can then lead to compulsive behaviours in an attempt to prevent these fears from being realised. So someone with a fear of germs or contamination may repeatedly wash their hands, clean their house repeatedly, or perhaps they might not be able to eat anything that they have touched.
Other compulsive behaviours include skin picking; retracing a journey to ensure they haven’t ran anyone over; repeatedly checking things such as light switches, doors or locks; counting; ordering and arranging; hoarding; asking for reassurance; to name but a few.
How can Hypnotherapy Help with OCD?
Hypnotherapy helps change your thinking so that you can control your OCD rather than the OCD controlling you. It helps to reduce the anxiety and stress which feeds this condition allowing you to be more in control of your thoughts and behaviours.
In addition to changing your thought processes and lowering your anxiety levels, hypnotherapy helps stimulate the release of Serotonin helping your brain to function more effectively and therefore giving you relief from your OCD symptoms.