Hypnotherapy for OCD

img_0749If you are looking for help with OCD, have you thought of Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy can help anxiety, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. 

It is different from counselling, because it allows for access to your unconscious mind to create changes at an emotional level. 

Once the underlying emotions have been released, the old mental looping tapes with the recurring thoughts and habitual behaviours can easily be replaced, controlled and changed. The uneasy feelings or urges that compel you to do or think in a particular way, can also be eliminated.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that is accompanied by persistent thoughts, feelings and ritualistic behaviours. Some examples include hand washing, checking over and over, hair pulling and even compulsive face picking. The possibilities are endless.

Research on the use of Hypnotherapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

One example of a condition that falls within the spectrum of OCD is Trichotillomania. The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, Mineapolis in the USA include the use of hypnosis as part of the standard treatments for conditions like Trichotillomania. You can read more about that here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8698680

There is also research on a 26-year old women whose obsessive fear was that she would get acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and pass it on to others. Hypnosis was a major contributor to her recovery. You can read more about this case here:

http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1992-35932-001

How does hypnotherapy help OCD?

Hypnotherapy helps by releasing the emotional drivers that are behind the obsession. We all have obsessions to some degree. However, when they become focused and fearful to a high degree, they start to interfere with life and relationships. Anxiety and fear can be relaxed out of the conscious and unconscious mind. Once you are free of the tensions relating to the obsessiveness, then you are free of your obsessions. Hypnosis is the best state to be in for this kind of change to occur effectively.

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