Obsessions and OCD using Hypnosis
Anxiety related problems include obsessions and compulsions or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Obsessions are not the same as compulsions and the two are often confused.
So what's the difference between an obsession and a compulsion?
Let's look at an example. A person can have a compulsion to tidy their home. They do this and feel an immediate sense of satisfaction for doing so. When the task is complete, the thought process I must tidy my house disappears ... and the person feels much better, turning a negative situation (untidy house) into a positive, satisfying one (tidy house).
With an obsession however, the sufferer broods and ruminates about the task (or thought). The thoughts come more and more often, until the person becomes preoccupied with them. The obsessive acts (or thought) is usually about the deferment of punishment. The difficulty is, that unlike the compulsive, the obsessive feels no reward at all for performing his task (or thought): he/she feels no relief, no satisfaction, nothing at all. So, minutes (or hours) later, the brooding and ruminating returns.
Obsessional behaviour that can be helped with hypnotherapy, NLP and Life Coaching.
Worry about sexuality (e.g. called HOCD - homosexual OCD)
Needing things to be perfect, being a perfectionist
Generally being quite negative
Generally being quite 'catastrophic' and situations become very significant very quickly
Being obsessive about vanity, health or disease or bodily symptoms
Obsessive jealousy or obsessive worry or paranoia about partner
Imagining doing harm or hurting someone else
Intrusive sexual thoughts or sexual impulses
Checking things repeatedly e.g. locks, windows, doors, ovens etc.
Elaborate rituals e.g. if you bump one side of your body you have to hit the other side to 'even things up'
Constant negative thoughts
Worry about dirt or contamination
With compulsive behaviour a person feels an element of reward, the compulsive gets some satisfaction and 'escape from life' for a moment of two.
The more and anxiety the person experiences, the stronger their compulsions, and the more they will be compelled to keep performing this compulsive behaviour, often resulting in feelings of guilt.
Gambling or drug addictions
Impulse control problems e.g. cutting, burning or scratching oneself
Smoking or nail biting
Comfort eating / over eating
Drinking and alcoholism
Binge drinking or binge eating
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