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.
OCD sufferers can often feel demoralised or ashamed by their symptoms and behaviours created as reactions to them, and may even become clinically depressed.
There are several recognised conditions which fall within the spectrum of OCD. These include:
- Trichotillomania – the urge to pluck hair or eyebrows
- Hypochondriasis – fear of suffering serious illness
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder – a preoccupation with being ugly or having a defect in one’s personal appearance
- Tourette’s syndrome – involuntary vocal or motor ticks.
It is thought that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder involves an imbalance of Serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a very important chemical produced by the brain which is responsible for maintaining a healthy state of mind and has a big affect on our moods and behaviours.
How can Hypnotherapy Help with OCD?
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.
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.