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Obsession and OCD

There is simple obsession and also the much Talked about  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

When obsessed you find that the same thoughts cycle round time and time again – they are sometimes intrusive thoughts that you cannot get out of your head.

Obsession and OCD are generally anxiety based issues.  They generally develop over a period of time when anxious.   The whole cycle of thoughts creating emotions and the emotions creating more thoughts is a vicious circle that perpetuates.

Hypnotherapy can help break the cycle by helping you visualise a different outcome from the one that you are already in the habit of cycling round.  It can also help you relieve your anxiety, relax and take stock.  It can help you achieve a sense of balance and let go of the things that you keep thinking about.

With OCD – you have a pattern of behaviour or a routine that you feel you must repeat – otherwise something might happen.  A common understanding of OCD is that this manifests as extreme tidiness or cleanliness.   When walking along the pavement you may avoid walking on the cracks between the paving stones.  If you don’t repeat the pattern then you feel even more anxious.

It is also not uncommon for people with OCD not to recognise that there is an issue.  They may see themselves as extremely careful, diligent, or  house proud.    If this starts to impact on other areas of your life by using up excessive time or puts strain on your personal relationships then perhaps it is time to consider getting some help to restore balance and perspective.

Typical OCD Behaviour

  • Excessive Symmetry or tidiness
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Constant Checking – keys, doors locked, physical symptoms (but not with the same emphasis as Hypochondria)
  • Hoarding
  • Fear of contamination
  • Excessive Avoidance

If you have obsessive thoughts it is not always OCD –  obsession is usually linked to other emotional factors – grief, self esteem etc.

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