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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.  Affecting men, women and children, people can start experiencing from as early as 6 years old, but more often it will start around puberty or early adulthood.

OCD can be distressing and significantly interfere with your life, but treatment can help you keep it under control.

Average number of sessions: 10 - 18.

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It's not clear what causes OCD & research is ongoing however there are some factors which may play a part, including:

  • family history – a learned behaviour or genes

  • brain differences – areas of unusually high activity or low levels of serotonin

  • life events – experience of bullying, abuse,  neglect,  childbirth or loss.

  • personality – neat, meticulous, methodical people

  • psychological - high anxiety

OCD affects people differently but has 3 main elements: 

  • obsessions – an unwanted, intrusive & often distressing thought, image or urge repeatedly enters the mind

  • emotions – causing a feeling of intense anxiety or distress

  • compulsions – repetitive behaviours or mental acts a person feels driven to perform as a result of the anxiety and distress caused by the obsession

Compulsive behaviours temporarily relieves the anxiety, but the obsession & anxiety return, creating a cycle.  Most people experience obsessive thoughts & compulsions, but one may be less obvious than the other.

Thoughts & Behaviours Symptoms

Obsessive thoughts

If you have a persistent, unpleasant thoughts which dominate to the extent it interrupts other thoughts, you may have an obsession.

Some common obsessions that affect people with OCD include:

  • fear of deliberately harming yourself or others

  • fear of harming yourself or others by mistake

  • fear of contamination by disease, infection or an unpleasant substance

  • a need for symmetry or orderliness

Also some have thoughts of a violent or sexual nature that are repulsive or frightening but they are just thoughts. Having them does not mean you'll act on them & are only classed as OCD if they cause you distress or have an impact on your quality of life.

Compulsive behaviour

Compulsions are a way of reducing/prevent anxiety caused by the obsessive thought.  Most people know their compulsive behaviour is irrational but are unable to stop. Compulsive behaviours include:

  • cleaning and hand washing

  • checking – doors are locked or that the gas is off etc.

  • counting

  • ordering and arranging

  • hoarding

  • asking for reassurance

  • repeating words in their head

  • thinking "neutralising" thoughts to counter the obsessive thoughts

  • avoiding places/situations that could trigger obsessive thoughts

Please contact a medical health professional for an official diagnosis.  These symptoms are for guidance only from the NHS website.

With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy I will provide support, knowledge & tools to help manage & alleviate the symptoms of OCD.

By using a combination of psychotherapy techniques and trance I facilitate the process of managing the symptoms & compulsive behaviour.  We talk about the neuroscience & I explain how the brain works, why & how OCD is created in your instance and what we can do about.  My clients find the solutions they need to as we work together & they find their way to being who they want to be; thinking more clearly & rationally

An image of Sue Wimpenny the owner of The Willows Hypnotherapy.
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