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Hypnotherapy For OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD as it is more commonly known, is an anxiety related condition which can have a serious impact on a person’s life. OCD has an intrusive impact on peoples actions and thoughts, often frequently to an obsessional nature. The initial act or action is quickly followed by repetitive urges, impulses or compulsions.

Hypnosis for OCD is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are looking for alternative treatment methods. Conducted in a very friendly and fun environment Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help with OCD by focusing on the future rather than the past, concentrating on what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change.

The sessions are a combination of learning how the brain works so the client can understand what makes them feel the way they do and more importantly what they can do about it. Hypnosis then reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through visualisation and relaxation allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that then encourages a shift in perspective.

What causes OCD?

Even though there has been considerable research undertaken into OCD, there is yet to be a defined cause for why people develop OCD. It is believed that OCD can develop through a combination of activities or elements, including:

  • Environmental factors
  • Cognitive elements
  • Behavioural factors
  • Genetic factors
  • Neurobiological factors

Obviously we are all different and it would be wrong to say that OCD develops at the same rate or for the same factors as everyone. This is why some people may develop OCD from one just one factor or what may seem like a minimal trigger while other people develop OCD from a combination from many different elements.

Types of OCD

It has long been considered that there are 4 main types of OCD and that these four main types contain a number of sub-types. The four main forms of OCD are:

  • Checking
  • Contamination / Mental Contamination
  • Hoarding
  • Intrusive Thoughts / Rumination

Not every form of OCD can be easily categorised in this manner and it is nigh on impossible to create a comprehensive list of OCD types. This is why it is important for people who don’t believe that they suffer from one of the more commonly noted forms of OCD, but who do suffer distress or behave with an unwanted obsession, still seek assistance and treatment for the condition.

The most recognisable form of OCD is when a person has to check things repeatedly. Some of the most common ways that this is undertaken include:

  • Checking electric or gas hobs /stoves / ovens
  • Checking water taps
  • Checking door locks / windows
  • Checking house alarm / appliances / house lights
  • Re-reading letters / emails / cards before sending

Another form of OCD is the fear of contamination and the need to remain clean. While it is of benefit to be aware of bugs and germs, some people find that it becomes an obsession and this is where many people find that they suffer from OCD. Some of the most common ways in which a fear of contamination manifests include:

  • Public toilets
  • Shaking hands
  • Touching door knobs or handles
  • The use of public telephones
  • Visiting / waiting in a hospital or medical practice
  • Eating in public
  • Touching bannisters

Another form of OCD which has gained increased awareness recently is hoarding, which is where people find that they are unable to throw away old belongings or items, even if there appears to be no or very little use for them.

Intrusive thoughts and ruminations are more mental problems where people suffer from regular thoughts and mental images of activities or actions that would cause them pain or disgust. These ruminations and intrusive thoughts commonly relate to relationships and acts which would endanger or cause problems within the relationship.

OCD Statistics

Statistics in the United Kingdom suggest that 1.2% of the population have a form of OCD, which comes in at around 740,000 people in the UK. It should be noted though that there are concerns that over half of these cases would be classed as severe cases of OCD. Further findings suggest that less than 25% of all OCD cases are classed as mild cases. It is believed that close to 3% of all visits to a doctor are related to OCD.

There is a need to publicise these figures because there is still a stigma attached to OCD which prevents many people from seeking the help that they need. There are still people who are unaware of OCD and that there is a condition relating to the way that they behave.