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Using Hypnosis for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior should only be considered a disorder if it causes difficulties that consistently affect daily life.

  • Common treatments for OCD include cognitive behavioral therapy and anti-depressants.

  • Hypnosis methods for OCD can involve calming visualizations, breathing, and self-soothing.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) causes people to have recurrent unwanted or unreasonable thoughts or sensations (obsessions) or make them feel driven to do something repeatedly (compulsions).

Common obsessions include fear of germs, while common compulsions include wanting to keep things in a particular order. If a compulsion cannot be accomplished, a person with OCD tends to become anxious.

Just like with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior should only be considered a disorder if it causes difficulties in life. A low level of obsessive-compulsive behavior can be helpful.

For example, if a person worries that they might not have turned off the stove and double checks it once, this would help keep them safer. On the other hand, if a person cannot proceed with their daily tasks without checking the stove multiple times, the situation can be considered a disorder. Similarly, accountants who double-check their figures once or twice are more accurate in their work. However, if they have to check many times, they are dealing with OCD.

OCD Treatments

Common treatments for OCD include cognitive behavioral

therapy (CBT), a specific kind of CBT is exposure response prevention therapy. In this therapy, patients with OCD are encouraged to expose themselves to triggers of their OCD and learn to tolerate their anxiety when they don’t follow through on their compulsions or engage with their obsessive thoughts. After consistent therapy, the patients' anxiety decreases to a tolerable level that allows them to avoid OCD behavior comfortably and sometimes even resolves.

Hypnosis for OCD

Hypnotherapy for OCD works by effectively re-setting your anxiety level to ‘healthy’. It clears your subconscious of the negative and unhealthy beliefs that drive your OCD. With our tailored Hypnotherapy sessions, you will learn to respond to life without becoming anxious. You'll regulate your emotions more effectively so that you remain relaxed in situations that would typically trigger your OCD attacks. Hypnotherapy helps your mind to relax and will help you to regain confidence, enthusiasm, and motivation in your daily life.

This experience helps the client to reflect calmly and positively and to help you to understand the belief structures that support the OCD message. We access these beliefs by using hypnosis to weaken the intensity of OCD to enable them to free themselves from the condition by finding a healthy, balanced approach allow you to live your life free from anxiety.


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