Obsessions and Compulsions
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that involves obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. It can affect anybody and can develop at any age, however it usually occurs during early adulthood. The symptoms of OCD are intrusive by nature and impact on everyday life. Getting help early is key and there are several treatment options available to get symptoms under control. On this page we will explore obsessions and compulsions in more depth and look into the various treatment options. We’ll also discuss how hypnotherapy can provide further support during treatment.
Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder. Before we look into getting support for OCD, let’s take a closer look at the condition itself and how it affects people. While the disorder can affect people in different ways, it generally causes the following behaviours:
Obsession This is when an unwanted thought or urge enters the mind repeatedly. Usually this thought is distressing, for example “If I don’t check the light switch X amount of times, my house will catch fire”.
Anxiety Understandably, such an intrusive and distressing thought leads to feelings of stress and anxiety.
Compulsion Typically there will then be an urge, or compulsion, to carry out an action. This may be physical (like hand washing) or mental (like counting).
Temporary relief Carrying out this action will temporarily quell the feelings of stress and anxiety. However, obsessional thoughts and anxiety soon return and the cycle begins again.