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OCD treatment (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder treatment)
at the Manchester Hypnotherapy Clinic

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OCD (sometimes known as Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder) is quite often a very strongly disabiliting problem. It's quite common for people to experience very mild symptoms of OCD such as checking the front door's locked 3 times before getting in the car to go to work, or checking the gas is off more than a couple of time - indeed, these activities could be considered sensible because it's not a good idea to leave your door unlocked or the gas on as you go to work. However, these symptoms of OCD don't cause people problems to such an extent that they're not worthy of the title 'Obsessive Compulsive Disorder'. When people find that such activities are acutally 'controlling them' - this is now what could be considered proper OCD.

What is OCD?

OCD is a complex or obsessions and compulsions that are 'out of control'. To people who suffer from symptoms of OCD, the actions they carry out will seem completely illogical, and indeed a waste of time, nevertheless, they have to be carried out because they feel they have to.

Obsessions and Compulsions in OCD

Compulsions refer to actions that the person performs, usually repeatedly in response to an obsessional thought.

People with compulsions feel 'driven' to carry out an activity remorselessly, at any cost. People who have compulsions often feel guilty for carrying out such a task, but cannot find a way to end the feeling that the task needs to be done.

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For example, someone who is compulsive about washing themselves will feel a sense of reduced anxiety whilst carrying out the task, which is carried out in response to obsessional thoughts about being clean or germs.

If the action of carrying out the task is interrupted – for example, because the cooker must be turned off – then a high level of anxiety will be experienced because the task has not been carried out to a perceived satisfactory conclusion.

Once the compulsive action has been carried out, however, a cycle beings again; there is a sense of rising anxiety that needs to be lowered by repeating the same activity again (despite the person having washed excessively previously) or indeed the person will begin another compulsive activity.

Extreme cases of compulsive behaviour, the sufferer cannot see when a task has actually been completed. In such cases sufferers may find themeselves condemned to repeatedly washing their hands, for example, for hours and hours on end.

Examples of behaviours from real clients I have helped who suffered from OCD

OCD symptoms may revolve around rituals of 'checking things' and it's best to demonstrate this checking with examples from real clients I have treated.

Client A: A 29 year old male is suffering from severe OCD. He finds that wherever he is he is filled with a sense of anxiety. He's feeling anxious about something but doesn't know what exactly. Immediately he looks around the room and notices the windows. He feels that he has broken a window (although he can see he hasn't) and then feels anxious about checking the window is not broken. He feels so compelled to check the window that he has to get up make sure it's OK. The key reason why he has to do this is because he's worried that when he leaves the room, that someone will hurt themselves on the 'broken' window and he'll get blamed for it and feel guilty about what he did wrong (of course he hasn't done anything wrong - nor has he broken a window) - but the feelings override ALL rational thought. If at any point he's satisfied that the window IS not broken, his mind immediately wonders to another checking routine. He looks at the wires by the plug and feels he has tampered with them and at some point someones going to get hurt... and so another checking routine starts. (This client knows intellectually that this is all a waste of time - but feels he has to do it - so he does. It's emotionally very painful but there is a sense of relief before moving on to the next checking routine).

The above is an example of what some people with OCD are going through day in day out. Not all OCD revolves around 'checking' and some forms can be more difficult to understand.

Client B: A 20 year old female. When she finds herself touching anything, she feels that she has left something of herself behind, and this causes her to feel intense anxiety. In order to lower this feeling of anxiety - she has to go an 're-touch' the object that she feels has something of hers on it so she goes and touches it again. As she walks away - she doubts whether she's got everything back that she feels she left in the first place so touches it again... and this checking routine could last several hours before she begins a new routine with a different object. (This client knows intellectually that this is all a waste of time - but feels she has to do it - so she does. It's emotionally very painful but there is a sense of relief before moving on to the next checking routine).

Quite commonly, OCD can revolve around cleanliness and the though of germs.

Client C: A 35 year old male. Just before leaving the shower in the morning he doubts whether he's clean enough. Indeed he feels that there's still some mess/germs on him so he pops back in again... and without going any further, you can see that this guy will be in and out of the shower at least 10 times. (Some people can have these types of symptoms so severely that they become locked into the showering ritual until they're physically very sore from washing, or evern bleeding).

OCD can also extend into more strange behaviours such as with the case of the client below.

Client D: A 23 year old male. (Although he had many 'rituals' that were symptoms of OCD - an interesting one was the following). When walking outside, particularly on grass, he would feel that he had trodden on some small animal such as a mouse, or insect. Although he knew logically that he probably hadn't, his imagination made him feel like he had and that he was responsible for hurting something. This made him feel guilty. In order to relieve himself of these feelings of guilt, he would take a knife (self harm) and cut himself on his hand or finger. He would then let the blood drip into where he had been standing. In this way he felt that his blood would heal the thing he had trod on - he was giving something of himself as a sacrifice. This made him feel a sense of relief... this routine would then happen again and again and again.... and again (for years in fact).

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder symptoms

Key symptoms of OCD are;

Repetitive behaviours or mental acts that the person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession, or according to rules that must be applied rigidly.

The behaviours or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing some dreaded event or situation; however, these behaviours or mental acts either are not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralise or prevent or are clearly excessive.

Causes of OCD

OCD is caused by anxiety and it's amazing that most therapies out there don't understand this. Only when this anxiety has been dealt with properly can symptoms of OCD go permanetly. I have put that statement on bold because it's an absolutely fact. Please read more about anxiety here.

Overcoming OCD - effective OCD treatment

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Many people who consult me for help with their OCD have already been through other therapies, extensively but they still have their OCD. These include therapies such as conventional hypnotherapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), psychology, counselling and even techniques like NLP. It comes as no suprise to me that at best they are coping a little bit better with life, but generally speaking there has been no big relief to their symptoms because these therapies only ever deal with the symptoms, not the cause of the symptoms. Pure Hypnoanalysis is a completely unique therapy in that is releases the bottled up emotions that in turn are causing the anxiety that drives the 'out of control' feelings of OCD.

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