It’s normal, at times, to go back and double-check that your front door is locked or your car is locked. But if you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours become so excessive they interfere with your daily life. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake them. OCD results when an individual misinterprets intrusive thoughts or urges as a sign that not only will harm occur, but that they may be responsible for it through what they do or what they fail to do.
Symptoms of OCD can include but are not limited to:
- Persistent unwanted thoughts
- Chronic worrying
- Obsessions with germs and dirt
- Obsessions with order and counting
- Obsessions with touching
- Loss of concentration
- Trouble sleeping
Help is available with Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Therapy seeks to help the individual understand that their problem is one of anxiety rather than danger and to react accordingly. It will also aim to help a person overcome the need for certainty and to alter the criteria they may use to terminate a compulsion (e.g. when “I feel comfortable” or “just right”).
In many cases a combination of CBT and Hypnotherapy can be highly effective in treating OCD. The principal aim of this combined therapeutic approach is to enable a person to become their own therapist and to provide them with the knowledge and tools to continue working towards complete recovery from OCD.
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