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OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Derby

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Derby

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, although it is commonly termed as one, these are quite different. An obsession is felt, while a compulsion is acted out. In an obsession the fear is private and inward, in a compulsion the fear (or desire is taboo) is given a symbol that arouses the feeling of fear, in a compulsion the individual creates his / her own symbol.

The repetitive compulsion performs a particular act over and over again, for example “must” touch every lamp post on the way home, counting money over and over again, driving the same route, repetitive hand washing etc.

Both the obsessions and the compulsions are substitutes for something desired or imagined that does not harmonise with the personality ego.

Examples :

OCD obsessive compulsive disorderA person may have been told something when they were a child. “If you don’t eat all your dinner the bogey man will get you. Because of this a fear develops and becomes rooted deep in the subconscious mind. It did not matter if there was any basis or actual fact that supports the reason. Because of lack of real life experience to test the statement the thought is accepted as factual. Once that happens it becomes part of the foundation of that persons logic and think A specific action to escape or end the traumatic event could be repeated to assure that the situation will not come back.

A person may have been the victim of a burglary. The resulting compulsion is to repeatedly checking to see if all the doors and windows are closed and locked. Even if they know they are locked the need to check repeatedly is overwhelming. It is as if the act of checking ought to lead to relief of the anxiety, but usually it doesn’t. Elaborate rituals often accompany this behaviour OCD is essentially defined as an anxiety disorder. The mind is filled with thoughts “If I fail to do something or forget to do something a negative will happen to me”. This thought is often fed from some subconscious connection of a past event in life.

Using Hypnoanalysis (see ) the originating causes to these problems are found and resolved. Also important is utilizing cognitive behavioural therapy within hypnosis, which allows that person to think and feel differently. ERP exposure response prevention is used in conjunction with hypnosis and allows for superior outcomes

Geoffrey Schofield D.CBT D.Hyp
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