Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder associated with obsessive thoughts and/or 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.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be very debilitating and can have an enormous impact on the life of the sufferer.
Hypnotherapy helps change your thinking so that you can control your OCD and alleviate your symptoms. It helps to reduce the anxiety and stress which feeds this condition allowing you to be more in control of your thoughts and behaviours.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can affect any aspect of your life and can vary in severity. Some sufferers may spend an hour or so engaged in their obsessional thinking and compulsive behaviours while others may spend their whole life doing so. Symptoms include:
Some common obsessions that affect people with obsessive compulsive disorder include:
These obsessions can then lead to compulsive behaviours in an attempt to prevent these fears from being realised. So someone with a fear of 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; and many more.
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.
Brain scans of people suffering with the condition have identified that specific regions of the brain, including the caudate nucleus and orbitofrontal cortex, show excessive activity. These parts of the brain are involved in evaluating perceptions and choosing appropriate responses and allow us to shift our thoughts from one response to another. In someone with OCD this process often doesn't work and leads the sufferer to repeat the same behaviours and thought processes over and over again.
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 giving you relief from your OCD symptoms
The nature of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder varies widely from person to person. Hypnotherapy offers many evidence based techniques which can be very helpful for OCD including imaginal exposure, densensitisation and response prevention. We can discuss how to approach your specific situation in more detail during the initial consultation.
To book an initial consultation to discuss how Hypnotherapy can help you to beat OCD, call 07851 307 062 or email.
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