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OCD or Obsessive Behaviour

OCD or Obsessive Behaviour is a common condition.  At some time or other everybody has worried excessively, but these kinds of thought can get out of hand. Maybe you worry continuously that some thought or action of yours might harm yourself or another person. OCD can take on many different forms.


Unfortunately, when you are under stress or anxiety, the primitive part of your mind, your ‘fight & flight’ system, can start to take control. It can encourage and reinforce unhelpful behaviour.  (This can happen even when you are not necessarily aware of any sense of danger). When this happens a particular behaviour or habit may take hold.  As you repeat the action, gradually the behaviour becomes reinforced.

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Worse still the more you worry about not repeating the behaviour, the more you feel compelled to follow it and the greater the inner anxiety becomes.  You may find yourself caught in a vicious circle of obsessive behaviour and growing anxiety. I know that this can become not only self destructive but for some, it can grow into a seriously debilitating illness

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Fortunately, a powerful combination of  Hypnotherapy and Solution Focused Therapy can help to break this spiral of anxiety and excessive  behaviour. We can work together to break the anxiety and negative outlook that supports this process and put you back into a more positive frame of mind. Here the news gets better. Once you are starting to think and feel more positively (and I know you may not feel that is possible at the moment), the brain itself steps in to help.

Once you start to think in a more positive way, the intellectual part of your brain can kick in and start to take control.  Not only can you start taking back control of the way you behave, but you will find yourself starting to use your life experience and skills more effectively to solve life’s problems. You will be finding your way to the positive, self-confident person you want to be.

Here is an article originally published by the Hypnotherapy Directory:

Hypnotherapy for obsessive compulsive behaviour

Victoria Droy HPD. DHP. MNCH (Reg).

Imagine a world where you can't leave the house without checking again and again that you have locked the door. Or imagine having to spend endless time shifting objects minutely until they are just right. It might be a world where you feel forced to endlessly count the things around you; if you get it wrong, you have to start counting all over again. These are just a few examples of the restrictions and powerful anxieties that can trouble someone suffering from obsessive compulsive behaviour.

The compulsion may take the form of obsessive thoughts constantly intruding into your mind. Peace of mind can seem a thing of the past. Sufferers can be scared of what might happen if they don't continue with their strange rituals. Whatever the specific behaviours or thought patterns, sufferers are overwhelmed by the need to repeat certain actions. Whether or not these actions are helpful makes little difference. Such patterns of behaviour can be extremely time consuming, frustrating and demoralising. People can feel very distressed, as if they have lost control of their lives. Anyone can be affected - men or women, adults and children.

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There is good news, however. Understanding what is going on in the brain is a powerful way of helping a client toward rationalising his or her behaviour. Some therapies concentrate all their efforts on this approach.

However, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy goes a step further. It also uses the power of the mind itself to bring about positive change. By 'talking' to the subconscious part of the brain during trance therapy, hypnotherapy can bring about a change of focus at a much deeper level. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy in particular works from a fundamentally positive stance. It helps clients to find positive solutions to their problems and gain increasing control over their life. They can find a more stable, happier outlook and learn to maintain better mental health in the long term.