Thought to affect around 12 in every 1,000 people in the UK, OCD is a chronic, often debilitation condition that causes sufferers to obsess over certain thoughts, actions or superstitions. People with OCD can find normal life difficult, with the condition affecting everything from their personal life to the way they behave in the office.
Though severe OCD often needs medication and intensive therapy to control, mild OCD can be treated with hypnotherapy. Like many other conditions that involve our subconscious, hypnotherapy can be used to access the parts of our mind we normally can’t reach, helping people with OCD to retrain their brain and overcome their condition.
Who gets OCD?
OCD can affect anyone at any point in their lives. Behaviours that you once didn’t think twice about like turning off a light, washing your hands or walking over the cracks in the pavement can suddenly take on entirely new and more important meanings.
Some OCD sufferers believe that if they don’t carry out their compulsions their loved ones will die or that other bad things will happen to them or the people around them.
OCD can be triggered by a number of things and many sufferers may not even remember the incident that caused their condition.
How can hypnotherapy help OCD?
As it helps us to access our subconscious, hypnotherapy is very good for helping OCD sufferers to address the root cause of their condition.
Hypnotherapist can use a variety of techniques to take patients back and help them to identify and deal with the incident that triggered their OCD.
By addressing these issues, hypnotherapists can help OCD sufferers to change the way they think about their compulsion, easing their anxiety and giving them more control over their lives.
Hypnotherapy can also help OCD sufferers to identify the difference between things they believe to be true (i.e. the oven is on or my hands are contaminated) and things that are actually true (the oven is off or my hands are clean). This can help to dramatically reduce anxiety and be the first step on the road to recovery for many people with OCD.
Debilitation, controlling and chronic, OCD can severely affect the sufferer’s quality of life and make everyday tasks a challenge. Though it won’t cure the condition overnight, hypnotherapy can help to ease the symptoms of OCD and address the root cause of the condition, giving sufferers the chance to overcome OCD and get their lives back.