Help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Derby (OCD)
In providing help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Derby (OCD) I find it interesting that we all can suffer from these thought processes from time to time – especially in times of stress. Those little ‘ways’ that we have – quirks of our personalities….but its only when they become hugely invasive into our lives that they become a problem.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an interesting yet most disruptive ailment. And for me similar to eating disorders the sufferer feels compelled to carry out their rituals ie hand washing, cleaning, checking doors, locks etc and he / she is most rigid in their behaviour.
Although commonly termed as one (OCD), Obsessions and Compulsions are actually 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 fit in with our way of thinking.
Examples OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- A 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 person’s logic and thinking. 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 “thing” will happen to me”. This thought is often fed from some subconscious connection of a past event in life.
So How Can you Help me Geoffrey ?
As already indicated on these pages I am qualified both through training and experience in Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Stress Management so when providing help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Derby (OCD) I use all of these techniques when working with clients. Where possible I like to uncover the originating cause your problems and using Stress Management, Hypnotherapy and CBT work with you to alleviate your issues.
Example of Therapy
This example may make you smile a little but it will make you realise how the past can affect the present. I had a client who had a real problem with his glasses (spectacles). There was always something wrong with them. No matter how much he spent they were never right….and he’d spent literally hundreds and thousands of pounds on new glasses. Working with him he recalled his very first pair as a schoolboy. He was proud of them. They had a little figure of Roland Rat on each side. He wore them to school for the first time to the amusement of all the school children….they teased him mercilessly…..so started his disorder….
“Hello Geoff, I wanted to pass on my thanks for the help and support you have given me. The treatment you gave me has helped me in the last few months overcome my issues and the subsequent impact they were having on my life. I was very impressed with the results and will contact you again in the future should the need arise. Regards. Tracey.”
So What do I do Now ?
As the saying goes – every journey of 1,000 miles starts with that first step. So why not call me or email me… I offer a free and confidential consultation which enables us to discuss your symptoms, fears or apprehensions and allows me to discuss with you the best way forward.
Tel.01332 559 126 / Mob. 07582 865 265
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