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Do you have rituals which drain your energy?
Do you want to stop but find you just can’t?
Are you tired of feeling anxious, scared or distressed?
MindMakeover can help you
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is diagnosed when obsessions and compulsions:
On average OCD first begins to affect men during late adolescence and women during their early twenties. People often go undiagnosed for years, waiting an average of 10–15 years between symptoms developing and seeking help. Most people with OCD know that their thoughts and behaviour are irrational, but feel completely incapable of stopping them. The symptoms of OCD come and go if left untreated with the severity increasing during times of stress. OCD can take over your life if left unchallenged
Everyone experiences intrusive thoughts sometimes, popping into your mind without any warning. People with OCD have an inflated sense of responsibility to prevent harm and overestimate the perceived threat that an intrusive thought signifies. These thoughts are misinterpreted as important and significant and possibly leading to catastrophic consequences. Repeated misinterpretation of these thoughts leads to obsessions developing. Because intrusive thoughts are so distressing, compulsive behaviour is used to try to resist, block or neutralise them, fearing that not completing a particular behaviour will cause harm. This helps drive the compulsive behaviours - you often feel ultimately responsible for trying to prevent bad things happening or creating bad luck
Hypnotherapy can be very effective for treating OCD and I often use it in conjunction with cognitive behavioural therapy. CBT looks at how you think and how this affects what you do. I encourage you to explore alternative ways of responding to the obsessional thoughts or doubts. All your coping strategies such as arranging, washing, checking, writing lists, tapping, touching, repeating, or perhaps cleaning, have come about in the first place to make you feel safer and less anxious. In fact they do the exact opposite: they make you feel unsafe and scared. Even if they provide temporary relief from anxiety, all these rituals make the meaning attached to those intrusive thoughts, images, urges and doubts feel even stronger, so it becomes necessary to keep doing the rituals continuously
At MindMakeover I will help you to learn that OCD is ‘just a thought’. I can help you appreciate that it is not the thoughts themselves that are the problem but what you make of them. You can read a testimonial here
Contact me now and discover the key to recovery from OCD