Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD as it is commonly know happens when a person becomes fixated on a particular thought that is provoked by anxious feelings and eventually gets to a point where it becomes obsessive. This intense compulsion to act on anxiety driven by an obsessive fear, is based on neurotic thoughts, feelings and emotions that elicit some kind of threat or danger. In order to alleviate the anxiety, the person will commit to performing a designated task until the anxiety begins to calm down. The anxiety is often a feeling that there is something wrong, or that if the task isn't acted out, something bad will happen. The conscious mind often understands and accepts that the behaviour is irrational and wishes it will stop, but can't figure out how.
OCD sufferers will often create rituals to help ease their intense and unbearable anxiety.
Some people will feel the need to always wash their hands for fear of germs as in the case with a sufferer of Germophobia. Some people will need absolute order & symmetry in the things around them to such a degree that it begins to affect their well-being. Others may feel the need to compulsively check things like light switches, locks, stoves etc. These people will doubt their previous actions and question if they properly checked the appliance or switch., therefore compelling them to go back and check again.
Compulsions tend to fall into checkers, counters, cleaners, Doubters & sinners, arrangers and hoarders.
Symptoms of OCD
- Compulsive behaviour
- Compulsive hoarding
- Hyper vigilance
- Ritualistic behaviour
- Social isolation
- Persistent repetition of words or actions
- Panic attacks
- Food aversion
Not Everyone Is OCD
Just because you like your stuff to be neat, or that you sometimes doubt whether you turned the stove off does not mean that you have OCD. The main thoughts to process are 1) Is this thought becoming obsessive, 2) Is this a regular occurrence and 3) Is this negatively impacting my life? If you answered yes to all of the above, then it is worth considering professional help.
Treatment For OCD
Hypnosis is a great and effective tool to help deal with the underlying fears and anxieties, which provoke the negative behaviour. If the behaviour has been caused by trauma, then hypnosis can go to the source of the trauma and affect change in the way the mind perceives life after the trauma. Hypnotherapy can also use the clients different ego states to help them manage each other by either subduing irrational states and/or empowering positive ego states to better manage the situation.
How Many Sessions To Start With?
It is advised to start with a minimum of 4 sessions and measure the progress being made along the way. This ensures time for feedback, acknowledgement of successes, rectifying any setbacks and fine-tuning positive behavioural changes. If the presenting situation is more serious with complications that must be addressed and dealt with, then it will be essential to take a set package of 8 or 12 sessions.
Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration
Session Price = R550
Office in Fourways, Johannesburg
The Wellness Institute