Hypnotherapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
You would normally hear or read about obsessive behaviours and disorders being linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession.
As a rule of thumb, a compulsive behavior is one that is undertaken, often with little thought, on impulse or with a sense of having been ‘driven’ to it, and instant relief is felt.
There may be some feelings of guilt or shame felt afterwards, but immediate gratification is felt at the time. For obsessive thoughts and behaviors, this sense of relief is often never achieved.
The person is likely to focus excessively on the issue at hand, often becoming totally preoccupied by it; they can find themselves involved in repetitive cycles of behavior which provide little or no relief, and sometimes activities are carried out to ensure something else (often something bad) does not happen.
The types of Obsessive Thoughts, Behaviors and Disorders
Pandemic (OCD) is now a new but not so new name for a behavior that has caused consistency in our everyday life for those not even being aware of the changes in their lifestyle. because its automatic. Fears, Stress, anxiety. negative thoughts and various other symptoms occur with this OCD. The disorder of the attached to loneliness, anxiousness and your behavior or switch to a different mindset. The best way to overcome this is to have the subconscious mind start thinking differently back to the way you were and start thinking more positive way, exercise and get back to where you were before all this.
Obsessive thoughts and behaviors can range from simple everyday behavious such as tidiness (e.g. placing all food tins in the cupboard with the label facing outwards) to counting numbers or doing sums in their head to the point that they can think of nothing else.
With all obsessional thoughts and behaviors, it is the degree to which the issue is preoccupying your time and/or limiting your life that is important.
For example, someone who worries about dirt or contamination may simply wash their hands carefully, maybe try and avoid using public toilets, or perhaps ensure they do not touch doors or handles in public toilets even if this means waiting a long time for someone else to open the door so they can nip through ‘untouched’.
However, place this same person under stress and they may begin to wash their hands obsessively and for some people this may become ritualistic to the point that their hands are never clean enough to leave their house.
The following list is not exhaustive, but covers the more common obsessive thoughts and behaviors that may be successfully treated with Cognitive Processing and Integration Therapy:
- Being overly jealous or possessive over a partner
- Eating issues (e.g. avoiding certain foods, anorexia)
- Constant worry about something
- Sleeping problems (e.g. insomnia)
- Excessive exercise
- Continual negative thoughts
- Intrusive thoughts
- Constant counting
- Excessive tidiness
- Rituals (e.g. ‘if you don’t walk on the cracks in the pavement, nothing bad will happen’, if you bump one side of your body you have to match it in the other to ‘even yourself up’, always checking locks a certain number of times)
Please do not be put off if your particular issue has not been identified in the list above: obsessive thoughts, behaviors and disorders are so varied and often specific to the individual that it would be impossible to list them all here.
What is important to realize is that it is the underling reasons for the behavior that is significant and it is this that is treated with hypnotherapy, rather than the precise behaviors themselves.
If you have any doubts, please contact or book a Session for hypnotherapy can help you overcome these behavior issus..
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The Arizona Hypnotist
Pattie Freeman BCHT, CI
6895 E. Camelback Rd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
All conditions that may be helped using Hypnotic Techniques also require the use of willpower. Hypnotherapy is not magic and can only help you to make changes if you have a strong desire to change and put in a maximum effort.