Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
It is estimated that around 3% of the population suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This condition has been recognised since the late 19th century when a French psychiatrist called it “folie de doute”, literally, “madness of doubt”.
It has two components: obsessions are repetitive, negative thoughts that intrude on a person’s consciousness, creating anxiety, whilst compulsions are urges to carry out actions or rituals which relieve those thoughts and consequently attempt to relieve the associated anxiety.
Unfortunately the benefit of the relief is short-lived and so the sufferer feels the need to carry out the rituals or actions more and more frequently. As they do so, the feelings of relief become less satisfying and so the cycle goes on.
OCD should be diagnosed by a doctor and treatment – which is usually Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – is available on the NHS. But many people seek help via hypnotherapy for various reasons, and some use it at the same time as, or following, the CBT.
The usual approach for the hypnotherapist is to relieve the stress and anxiety caused by the OCD by using relaxation techniques and anxiety reduction strategies.
If you are suffering from OCD, I offer a free initial consultation where we can discuss the issue in confidence.
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