OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder – or OCD – is an anxiety disorder that can be linked to a whole range of symptomology, as it is actually a very broad term. To try to put it simply, OCD refers to a recurring behaviour or thought process that is unwanted and disruptive. This can include repetitive rituals, impulses or visualisations that interfere with a person's day-to-day life.
If you suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder, you may feel alone and isolated, like you're the only one who understands. However, according to the website OCDUK.org:
"Here in the United Kingdom current estimates suggest that 1.2% of the population will have OCD, which equates to 12 out of every 1000 people, and based on the current estimates for the UK population, these statistics mean that potentially, approximately 741,504 people are living with OCD at any one time."
OCD symptoms can include checking and rechecking things, having obsessive thoughts, compulsively cleaning, recurring thoughts about hurting oneself or others (or the fear of getting hurt), hand washing obsessively, hoarding, arranging and organising, counting and unwanted sexual thoughts, amongst many others. In fact, there are probably hundreds more recognised OCD symptoms. And each of these can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety or hopelessness, which in turn, can act as a trigger and cause the obsessive compulsive disorder to worsen. And now you find yourself in a vicious cycle.
But there are things you can do to conquer OCD. Here at See Change Hypnotherapy, we use well researched, tried-and-tested techniques (both psychotherapeutic and hypnotherapeutic) in our OCD treatment to help you change those unwanted behaviours or thoughts. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for OCD combines the best aspects of CBT, NLP, psychotherapy and hypnosis in a positive way, to really help you help yourself. It isn't magic, but as you work with your therapist, small changes that you make in your everyday life can easily grow to become big changes. And, by putting coping mechanisms into place to help you manage your anxiety better, we can gradually begin to reprogram that part of your primitive mind (or limbic system) that tells you that you have the need to repeat the obsessive behaviour that you have been experiencing.
If you feel that you are displaying OCD symptoms and you would like help to make changes – or if you would just like some more information about the OCD treatment we provide – please get in touch now and book your free initial consultation. You can contact us using the form here or call us on 07975 824378.
*Hypnotherapy is an effective method of treatment, however success is not guaranteed and full client commitment is important. For example, listening to our accompanying therapeutic audio tracks between sessions is a vital element in the process and participation is required. This will be fully explained in the initial consultation. Results may vary from person to person.