Obsessions and compulsions
An obsession is an unwanted, unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters a person’s mind and results in anxiety. A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that a person feels compelled to perform to try to avert or undo the effect of the obsession.
Unlike the normal use of the word ‘obsession’, which may describe something that an individual enjoys, the obsession in OCD is unpleasant and frightening. The person feels the need to carry out their compulsion in order to prevent their obsession becoming true. For example, someone who is obsessively scared that they will catch a disease may feel compelled to have a shower every time they use a toilet.
How common is OCD?
OCD is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health conditions. It is estimated that up to 3 in 100 adults and up to 5 in 100 children and teenagers have OCD.
OCD usually starts in early adult life, with men tending to report earlier symptoms than women. However, OCD symptoms can begin at any time, including childhood.
The symptoms of OCD can range from mild to severe. For example, some people with OCD will spend about an hour a day engaged in obsessive compulsive thinking and behaviour. For others, the condition can completely take over their life.
The causes of OCD are unknown, although there are several theories and ongoing research is delivering many interesting theories and directions for treatment.
If you have OCD, seeking help is the most important thing you can do. Left untreated, the symptoms of OCD may not improve. In some cases they will get worse. Without treatment, nearly half of people with OCD still have symptoms 30 years later.
With treatment, the outlook for OCD is good. Some people will achieve a complete cure. Even if a complete cure is not achievable, treatment can reduce the severity of your symptoms and help you to achieve a good quality of life.
A form of psychotherapy, known as cognitive behavioural therapy, which includes graded exposure and response prevention, is a proven treatment with a high rate of success in OCD. This may also be combined with medication, such as antidepressants.
About 80% of people with OCD will respond to initial treatment.
Like To Know More?
In addition to our hypnotherapy downloads listed below, we offer one to one hypnotherapy, NLP & CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) sessions to help identify and bring understanding to your very specific set of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder issues.
At The Watford & District Hypnotherapy Centre we offer private therapy sessions Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 20:00 and Saturday mornings between 10:00 and 13:00 at which we can discuss and develop a bespoke program to help identify and work towards a resolution for your OCD issues & challenges.
Sessions are on average 60 minutes in length and cost is £65.00.Specific number of sessions required is hard if not impossible to state as it is a very individual set of circumstances and responses that bring about the various challenges, we offer a free of charge no obligation initial assessment at which we should be able to assess likely number of sessions required.
Gentle and effective OCD treatment
Hypnosis is an ideal OCD treatment that swiftly calms obsessive worries
Are you tormented by the pressures of obsessive compulsive disorder?
Do you have to run your life around seemingly pointless repetitive rituals and behaviors in order to get any peace of mind?
People who have never experienced obsessive compulsive disorder find it very hard to understand – or accept. They can’t understand why you can’t just not count to a hundred, wash your hands for the fortieth time, open and shut the door in precisely that way – or whatever your compulsion is. The trouble is – you can’t understand it either. You only know that the feeling that you’ve got to do it is overwhelmingly powerful.
If OCD has taken over you life completely and is causing you significant problems and distress, you should seek professional help. But there are also steps you can take yourself, alongside such help. The main thing is to understand that it’s not so important to know why you have these compulsions as to understand what is happening when you feel them, and how to deal with it.
The basics of obsessive compulsive disorder
Typically OCD involves experiencing obtrusive incessant worrying thoughts about something, and then developing behaviors that are an attempt to eliminate those thoughts. The thoughts may have a rational basis (did I lock the door?), or be nothing to do with the real world (the misalignment of my shoes means that I am in danger). Whether they are rational or irrational, they induce high levels of anxiety.
You already know that rational explanations do not help. You know (for example) that the position of shoes on the floor has no inherent meaning. But the feeling of danger is more powerful than this knowledge, and so you meticulously place them in exactly the right orientation to relieve that feeling, at least temporarily.
So essentially what is happening is that a strong negative arousal (anxiety, guilt, worry) has become associated with a certain trigger. When you are in the ‘trigger’ situation, you automatically experience the arousal. Rationality and choice do not come into it. It’s as if your brain has been ‘programmed’ to react like this. And this is true.
Hypnosis is a highly effective OCD treatment
But brain programming can be changed. It is possible to reprogram your brain to feel quite calm and relaxed in the situation that used to set your alarm bells ringing. In other words, you can ‘disassociate’ that trigger from that automatic reaction, and replace it with a new, calm and detached response.
And hypnosis is the most powerful tool we know for carrying out safe and gentle brain programming.
Overcome OCD is an audio hypnosis session developed by experienced psychologists to help you retrain your brain safely and easily. As you repeatedly relax to this download, you will find yourself
- relaxing more quickly and more deeply each time
- able to relax more in many different situations
- learning powerful techniques that not only beat the OCD but help you in so many other areas of your life
- becoming more and more detached from worrying thoughts
- hardly even noticing triggers any more
Download Overcome OCD and get your life back under your own control.
Narrator: Roger Elliott
Download Size: 11.69 MB
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