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O.C.D.

O.C.D.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not just about checking and double checking you have done something, it can also be quite terrifying where you have irrational thoughts of hurting someone or become obsessed with your own health.

Most people see obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD as being a compulsive action that you simply have to do, are compelled to do several times, such as checking doors are locked or straightening up items that are on a desk or table until the mind is satisfied.

Other obsessions fall into fears and beliefs. Where germs may cause a fear of contamination which may harm you or others. A fear and belief that you may cause harm to others by forgetting to do something like turning the iron off, the gas fire or cooker. Or when standing next to a sharp object you get a sudden urge to pick it up and strike someone with it, something which causes you great distress as you know these thoughts are irrational and not something that you would act out but are thoughts you struggle to control and leave you believing you are a bad person for thinking them.

    Signs to look out for:

  • The need to present or make things look perfect all the time and to re-do something already done
  • Inability to let someone else do something for you because they won’t do it like you can
  • Constant cleaning, or preventing others from touching things that you think might be dirty
  • Over sanitising hands and surfaces to prevent dirt and grim hurting you and others
  • Irrational thoughts of harming someone with a sharp object
  • Becoming distressed and upset over things that go wrong where others consider it sweating the ‘small stuff’
  • Irrational beliefs that something bad will happen to your health or you may die if you don’t act out your OCD

In facing up to your fears and overcoming them you can lead a normal life. By means of hypnotherapy you can identify why these compulsive actions are a part of who you are. You can recognise why they were once important to you, why you still feel the need to do them and how they are limiting your life. Once you understand this, you can correct the need to carry these action out and let them go and lead a life without restrictions.

Treatments also available for associated addictions such as alcohol, drugs, gambling and compulsive shopping which at the time appear to help with escapism but end up compounding issues.

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