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OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Hypnotherapy and NLP

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD is a label given to people who repeat patterns of thinking, behaviours and feelings over certain things. It ranges from someone repeatedly checking if they’ve turned off taps, cookers, checking certain places in their homes such as under beds or checking room such as the bathroom or kitchen. Other areas include fears of illness, contamination or disease, and persistent washing their hands until they are red raw and bleeding. OCD can also manifest itself as ‘obsessive thoughts’, where a person cannot seem to get the ‘bad’ thoughts out of their mind which can be debilitating.

OCD can be helped in many ways such as breaking down the behaviours and changing smaller parts which often lead to other parts changing or becoming easier, using imagination better to know what you have done and utilising the unconscious mind in a more beneficial manner.  

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Body dysmorphic dysfunction or BDD is a term used to describe a condition which involves a person feeling negative in regards to some aspect(s) of their body, this can be the way it looks, feels, smells or sounds ‘wrong’. Some common examples of this would be ‘my nose is too big’, ‘my skin is too oily’, ‘my voice is whinny’ or ‘my bum is too big’. BDD often leads to extreme and persistent thoughts, feelings and behaviour. People with BDD will often check mirrors and change clothes, make-up and ask for constant reassurance from others.

Hypnotherapy can help by utilising the unconscious mind to bypass any old and negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours and install some new patterns and ways of being around the old ways.

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What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has two main parts: obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessions are unwelcome thoughts, images, urges, worries or doubts that repeatedly appear in your mind. They can make you feel very anxious (although some people describe it as ‘mental discomfort’ rather than anxiety). You can read more about obsessions here.

Compulsions are repetitive activities that you do to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsession. It could be something like repeatedly checking a door is locked, repeating a specific phrase in your head or checking how your body feels. You can read more about compulsions here.

“It’s not about being tidy, it’s about having no control over your negative thoughts. It’s about being afraid not doing things a certain way will cause harm.”

You might find that sometimes your obsessions and compulsions are manageable, and at other times they may make your day-to-day life really difficult. They may be more severe when you are stressed about other things, like life changes, health, money, work or relationships.

What’s it like to live with OCD?

Although many people experience minor obsessions (such as worrying about leaving the gas on, or if the door is locked) and compulsions (such as avoiding the cracks in the pavement), these don’t significantly interfere with daily life, or are short-lived.

If you experience OCD, it’s likely that your obsessions and compulsions will have a big impact on how you live your life:

Disruption to your day-to-day life. Repeating compulsions can take up a lot of time, and you might avoid certain situations that trigger your OCD. This can mean that you’re not able to go to work, see family and friends, eat out or even go outside. Obsessive thoughts can make it hard to concentrate and leave you feeling exhausted.

Impact on your relationships. You may feel that you have to hide your OCD from people close to you – or your doubts and anxieties about a relationship may make it too difficult to continue.

Feeling ashamed or lonely. You may feel ashamed of your obsessive thoughts, or worry that they can’t be treated. You might want to hide this part of you from other people, and find it hard to be around people or to go outside. This can make you feel isolated and lonely.

Feeling anxious. You may find that your obsessions and compulsions are making you feel anxious and stressed. For example, some people feel that they have to carry out their compulsions so frequently that they have little control over them. You can read more about anxiety here.