Effectively Treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Hypnotherapy

One out of 50 adult Americans go through what is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD, with twice as many who have experienced it at one point in their lives. This condition can range from a merely annoying behavior to an emotionally-crippling condition which, when not treated accordingly, can affect your relationships, family and work life, and can lead to depression, among many other problems.

A compulsive behavior is one where an action is done with little thought, on an impulse or with the sense that you are driven into it, and after it is done, an instant sense of relief is felt. Afterwards, there may be some guilt or shame feelings, but what counts more to you is the immediate gratification you get. For an obsessive behavior, the sense of relief is oftentimes never attained. If you have an obsessive behavior, you will mostly focus on the issue on hand, you become totally preoccupied with that thought, and eventually you find yourself in a repetitive, endless cycle of behavior which provides you very little or no relief at all.

What causes OCD?

An obsessive behavior can be caused by a wide range of reasons. Hereditary and childhood influences are among the major causes of OCD, along with organic conditions such as brain damage or encephalitis. Psychoanalytic theories have it that fixation at the anal level causes the development of obsessions as a defense mechanism against the reactivation of unconscious aggressive and sexual conflicts. Obsessions and compulsions are also related to depression and schizophrenia.

As mentioned earlier, obsessive thoughts and acts can range from the simple everyday acts such as too much tidiness (e.g. making sure that all canned goods in the cupboard have their labels facing outwards) to doing sums in their head endlessly that they can think of nothing else. With all obsessive compulsive behaviors, it is important to consider the degree by which the issue occupies your time and how it limits your life, if it does. For example, if one worries about dirt, then one thorough hand-washing is supposed to be enough. However, if the obsessive behavior reaches a point that no amount of washing can clean your hands enough to leave the house, then something is quite wrong.

OCD is also known to be accompanied by a wide variety of fear - fear of being unclean, fear of contracting a disease, fear of separation, among many others, which leads to excessive washing, cleaning, arranging, counting, and so on. It is further fueled by an active imagination where you think of the worst that can happen if you don't finish the task you think you need to do.

How can hypnotherapy help OCD sufferers?

The link between obsessive compulsive disorder and hypnotherapy lies in the fact that they have something to do with how the brain works in the subconscious level. Most of those who have OCD are fully mentally aware that the obsessive behavior is taking a toll on their daily life, but they still do it anyway because it is beyond their conscious control. With an integrated treatment plan, an OCD sufferer can be placed under hypnosis, and suggested to stop the OCD behavior in a gentle but effective manner.

Hypnotherapy can help you regain control over your actions and over your overly active imagination. It helps to curb down your compulsions and to use it in a production, non-intrusive way. It lets you connect with your subconscious mind and alter the patterns of thought and behavior you have built. At the end of the hypnotherapy session, you can stop the endless worries, get yourself a good night sleep and believe that nothing bad is bound to happen.

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