Despite the fact that a large number of us can relate to having “perfectionist” tendencies, it will not interfere with day to day life like OCD can. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is defined as an anxiety problem and roughly 2% of all individuals are afflicted with this psychological condition.
A person with OCD may be compelled to check appliances, light switches and door locks many times; and even though they are certain that they have shut and locked the door to their home they would have to go back and check to reassure themselves that things are in order. Some individuals may find that they have to check a cooker, iron or indoor light 5-20 times before they can relax.
OCD isn’t limited to just home appliances it could be stroking a rabbit’s foot, checking themselves for moles, washing light switches with bleach, cleaning the toilet and anything that can be done ritually in reaction to whatever their anxiety trigger is.
Any behaviour that compels them to do something, otherwise something bad is likely to happen might be classed as a compulsive behaviour. The behaviour will usually be brought on by obsessive beliefs that generate high levels of anxiety and the behaviour is started in an effort to reduce the panic and anxiety. An OCD sufferer can understand or know that their thoughts and behaviours are not rational.
For instance, the person may be experiencing obsessive beliefs about the safety of a family member and the anxiety and worry begins to rise in their mind. Even though the family member is totally safe, the thoughts of doom and destruction just will not disappear. Suddenly they may come up with a solution that helps them to truly feel as though they are doing something to stop the outcome (it might be having a nice thought). When they determine that the member of the family is ok they start to convince themselves that it’s due to their actions.
Whatever the compulsive behaviour, it often only offers a small amount of relief to the feelings of tension and anxiety. Before long, those behaviours become more demanding if not more complex. As the person attempts to amplify the stress relieving properties, the ritual or behaviour becomes ever more complex or extreme. The idea of getting rid of those “adopted responses” is enough to trigger very high levels of anxiety.
There are several types of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
- Counter/Arranger – people might be centred on perfect symmetry and exact sequence.
- Arranger – seeks out habits which give the illusion of structure and symmetry.
- Doubter – assume that disaster will occur if they don’t do specific tasks in a particular manner.
- Catastrophiser – These individuals tend to predict disasters which will only be avoided by the repetition of certain tasks or habits.
- Analyser – would need to lookout for any causes of physical harm. These people are constantly checking themselves or appliances.
Hypnosis is a great way to start overcoming OCD by collapsing any underlying anxiety and intensifying feelings of calmness. OCD can frequently be overcome using hypnotherapeutic solutions, as it will help break the cycle of anxiousness. They may also help the client discover and resolve the original component that was the “root cause” for the disorder, which can be very helpful in collapsing it entirely.
Hypnotherapy is also an effective way to manage the extreme anxiety and panic that OCD sufferers face, and conquering the elevated levels of anxiousness is a key to helping these individuals let go of their obsessive feelings and behaviours so they can regain power over their lives.
Andy Cox from Assured Effects Hypnotherapy based in Dorset said, “Obsessive compulsive disorder can be treated when you obtain access to the subconscious beliefs the way hypnotherapy does. “A lot of people believe that OCD sufferers are people that have defined physical rituals such as lock checking, and whilst this true for a certain proportion, in my experience a far greater number of sufferers are troubled with sequencing or symmetry such as word counting, syllable counting or determining the odd and even numbers of things. Hypnotherapy is effective in resetting irrational beliefs in just a few sessions. “