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What is OCD?

What is OCD?

OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also known as ‘Anankastic personality disorder’, consists of two essential features: recurrent obsessional thoughts and/or compulsive acts. Both of these can be effectively helped by Changes Welcome practitioners using Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, CBT, and NLP techniques combined.

Definition – What is OCD?

Obsessive Obsessional, recurrent and persistent thoughts, ideas, impulses or images that are experienced as unwanted, intrusive and inappropriate. The sufferer recognizes that they are a product of his or her own mind, yet tries to resist them without success. Obsessive thoughts are not just worries surrounding real life problems. These thoughts can seem senseless. They can also be violent or obscene. They usually cause a degree of distress, anxiety / feardoubt and/or guilt.

Compulsive Compulsive behaviours, rituals or mental acts that are repeated again and again in response to an obsession, usually with strict and excessive rules attached. These compulsions are not inherently enjoyable, and the sufferer often views them as preventing some objectively unlikely event. They also do not support the completion of inherently useful tasks, and are not realistically connected with what they are designed to neutralize, prevent or achieve.

Disorder In the therapeutic context, unless the client themselves perceives a thought, idea, act or behaviour as an issue, then this is not treated as a disorder, and should instead be classed as a condition.

What is OCD from our Practitioner’s point of view?

Hoarding, incessant rechecking (doors, appliances), ordering (colour matching, straightening), counting, preventing illness (through hand washing, cleaning), and repeating certain words or phrases are all types of OCD, which our customers regularly seek help for.

Symptoms of OCDWhen somebody has an OCD tendency, their condition may be only slight and un-obstructive to the individual involved.  In these cases, because we only work with people on issues, which they themselves perceive as a problem, our approach may not be appropriate.

However, if you have unwanted obsessive or compulsive tendencies, anxiety issues or are experiencing inappropriate stress responses and you want to change, then our practitioners are here to help.  So why not book an initial consultation and find out more about how they can hep you.


 

Read more about Hypnotherapy to Help with OCD.

 

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