Those really irritating thoughts or feelings that just won’t go away.
These can be thoughts or feelings about a tight work deadlines, they may be worries about health or current tension with a particular person.
You know that perhaps you are agitating yourself but don’t seem to be able to stop. Low level obsessive thoughts and feeling are very common – and can generate a degree of anxiety.
For some people very frightening, inappropriate or socially threatening thoughts may begin to intrude in their inner mind.
Sometimes these obsessive thoughts and feelings can precipitate behaviours repeating behaviours to feel safe
You may find it necessary to do things in a particular order, check a sequence of events for flawless perfection, a nagging feeling that results in checking something for the fourth of fifth time. If the sequence is broken, perfection not attained or the check not satisfactory then you might feel a strong urge to repeat the whole sequence again.
When the obsessive thoughts and feelings precipitate a sequence of repeated behaviour – often almost in a ritualistic manner obsessive compulsive disorder may be present.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD
OCD usually contains the two main components above; recurrent thoughts and feelings and ritualised behaviour.
Failure to adhere to the behaviour may cause a range of anxiety from minor to extreme. Usually the behaviour will manifest as washing, checking, repeating or ordering.
OCD can develop into a serious condition with extremely debilitating effects.
OCD must be diagnosed by a medical doctor or psychiatrist. If this is uncovered during our work together I will recommend you seek an appointment with your GP
How Hypnotherapy helps
Often repetition is a product of ingrained habit and anxiety. Hypnotherapy is really good at reducing anxiety which drives these cyclical thoughts and feelings. This can happen quite quickly. In turn the repetitive patterns can slow and eventually come to rest as the ‘fire’ of anxiety that drives them slowly extinguishes.
Hypnotherapy is an excellent intervention for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Specific protocols exist which begin to unlock the cycles. Clinical Hypnotherapy is a powerful, safe and fast tool in the right hands.
Look at How Hypnotherapy Works for a jargon free explanation of this process.