Hypnosis for OCD treatment

by Graham
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This is an unusual post for my blog but it illustrates how the mind can affect our happiness and often our success and so I decided to publish it here.

Often people get stuck in a certain mindset especially about their worth and this can prevent them from reaching income goals they desire.

I recently met someone who suffers from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and I did not know what OCD was! 

Here is a definition from the NHS.uk website...

"Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive activity. An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters a person's mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease. 

A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that someone feels they need to carry out to try to temporarily relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought. 

For example, someone with a fear of their house being burgled may feel they need to check all the windows and doors are locked several times before they can leave the house. 

OCD symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some people with OCD may spend an hour or so a day engaged in obsessive-compulsive thinking and behaviour, but for others the condition can completely take over their life."

 

In fact as a practicing hypnotherapist about 15 years ago I came across several cases of ODC without knowing it as a medical term and was successful in helping my clients overcome this disorder which can manifest in many forms.

So now I want to just relate why hypnosis is such a great way to treat OCD....

 

1) Reason One: OCD is hypnosis

All of the OCD sufferers I’ve treated in the past have described how, when they are obsessing or acting compulsively, they feel like they ‘space out’.

During any hypnotic state there’s a narrowing down of your focus of attention at a given trigger, a feeling of ‘time disappearing’ during hours of (for example) hand washing. You become inwardly absorbed as the imagination becomes more ‘real’ than external reality.

OCD isn’t really a ‘thought disorder’. It’s a ‘feeling disorder’ – even an ‘imagination disorder’. So it makes sense to treat a ‘hypnotic condition’ with hypnosis.

But there is also the subconscious mind to consider…

2) Reason Two: Hypnosis communicates with the ‘problem part’ of the mind

You might have heard the parable of the man looking for something in the street at night.

“What are you looking for?” asks his neighbour.

“I’ve lost my key,” says the man.

“Where did you lose it?”

“In my house.”

“Then why are you looking for it out here in the street?”

“Because there’s more light to see by under this street lamp!”

Trying to work at the conscious level with someone when the problem really resides in, and is maintained, by, their subconscious mind is like the man looking for his key in the wrong place just because there seems to be ‘more light’ in that place.

But we can go further.

3) Reason Three: Hypnosis is a great way to extract the fear from OCD

“Sheila, how would you feel if someone physically prevented you from compulsively checking water taps?”

“I’d be terrified. Even thinking about that makes me feel anxious!”

But what if it didn’t?

What if Sheila could become totally relaxed with the thought of – and the reality of –not checking? The power would be taken away from the OCD right there. OCD is fuelled by fear.

In treatment of OCD it’s both intelligent and practical to focus on taking the fear out of not carrying out some compulsive behaviour. We can use the hypnotic Rewind Technique to decondition the anxiety around not carrying out OCD rituals. When we do this OCD can evaporate amazingly fast.

There are many other reasons why hypnosis is great for treating OCD, but these are the three that I think really count.

Naturally occurring hypnotic states are common in all people and may be helpful or harmful and when the latter they can be remedied by an experienced therapist.

 

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