What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Battling with an obsessive compulsive disorder can cause serious distress to both the sufferer and the people around them. The symptoms can vary greatly but in all cases they are likely to cause anxiety and can be frightening and unpleasant.
Obsessive compulsive disorder has two main components: obsessions and compulsions.
What Are Obsessions?
Obsessions are quite different to the ordinary, everyday worries that we all experience in our day-to-day life. Obsessions are intrusive thoughts, images or urges that repeatedly appear in your mind and cause significant fear and anxiety.
Common obsessions include:
- Fear of contamination by dirt, germs and viruses (e.g., HIV)
- Worries of having not locked the door or turned off the oven
- A need for perfection and order
- Fear of making a mistake or behaving inappropriately
- Imagining causing hurt, harm or upset, such as pushing someone in front of a train
- Unpleasant thoughts or images of blasphemy, swearing, sex or someone being harmed
- Intrusive sexual impulses, such as worrying you will expose yourself in public
- ‘Forbidden’ thoughts, such as thinking about abusing a child
- Hypochondria and excessive doubts, such as thinking you have cancer despite having no symptoms
Obsessions can be about anything and can often leave you feeling disgusted, guilty or apprehensive. Obsessions can seem frightening or so disturbing that you can’t share them with others. You may try to suppress or ignore these thoughts, but by doing so they are likely to become even more intrusive and cause further anxiety.
What Are Compulsions?
Compulsions are actions or thoughts you feel compelled to repeat, often as a response to an obsession aimed at reducing the associated anxiety. For example, you may excessively wash your hands as a response to an obsessional fear about germs. You may repeatedly check you’ve locked the door or turned off the oven. You may feel the need to repeatedly touch every light switch in the house eight times to prevent harm coming to a loved one. You may feel the need to arrange all the items in your fridge by colour.
Whatever the compulsion, you are unlikely to experience any pleasure or fulfilment when carrying out it out and yet still find yourself doing it over and over again. Some will spend hours carrying out compulsions and as a consequence it interferes with their normal everyday activities. Others will carry out their compulsions in secret, like ‘rituals’.
How does obsessive compulsive disorder affect your life?
It is almost certain that your OCD causes you serious anxiety and distress. Some people feel so ashamed of their symptoms that they keep them secret. Attempting to suppress intrusive thoughts and compulsions can also lead to depression, or fears that you’re crazy. However, obsessional thoughts are an anxiety disorder, as are phobias and panic attacks. They are significantly different to psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, as you know the intrusive thoughts are your own rather than feeling they are coming from outside of yourself.
OCD can be so debilitating that it effects your work, relationships, social life and quality of life.
How Can I Suppress My Obsessions and Compulsions?
Managing your OCD is most likely to cause further anxiety and distress. The more you try to ignore your intrusive thoughts or compulsions the more severe they are likely to become. Just like if someone said to you “don’t think of a pink giraffe”, it’s most likely to be the first thing you think of. Trying to stop your OCD symptoms is like trying to stop blinking. You can try, but eventually the unthinking, subconscious part of the mind will override your attempts and your normal instinctive and emotional responses will take over automatically once again. Some people will try cognitive behavioural therapy or use direct hypnosis suggestion to suppress or change the thoughts and behaviours. But unfortunately, whilst these methods may look at what triggers your OCD, it does not resolve what causes it.
Hypnotherapy for OCD – Does It Work?
You may have read about hypnosis in the media, perhaps heard of celebrities or friends who have used it to stop smoking or lose weight. There are many hypnotic approaches in treating issues and symptoms and the standard, quick-fix methods of hypnosis that are often heard of aim to ‘restrict’, ‘suppress’, ‘manage’ a problem. They serve to change the way our mind works and reacts. Unfortunately, if you try to override the subconscious’s natural way of behaving, the ‘change’ will eventually wear off and the old patterns will emerge once again.
So How Can Hypnosis Help Me Resolve My OCD Permanently?
Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy is a gentle, logical and effective method that works WITH the subconscious, not against it. We must first find out *WHY* you suffer from your obsessive compulsive disorder.
It can be very hard for those around you to understand your obsessions and/or compulsions, because they simply don’t have any part of them creating any intrusive thoughts or behaviours. They remain in complete control. It is virtually impossible to fight against your subconscious, which is why CBT and suggestion-based hypnosis will only help to alleviate your symptoms temporarily. The fact that your OCD is so intrusive and repetitive, begs the question WHY?
Curative hypnotherapy asks the subconscious why it *needs* your OCD. Once that subconscious need has been identified, using logic we can help to re-examine the mistaken information that lies behind it. As long as the misinformation exists, so will your OCD. Once the subconscious believes, rather than being told, that disposing of your OCD symptoms is in your best interests, then it will actively to do so FOR GOOD.
If there is no longer any cause, there can no longer be an effect.
How Does Curative Hypnotherapy Work?
Hypnosis itself is simply a natural state of relaxation, which we enter into everyday. It’s like daydreaming, where you stop paying attention to your surroundings. This daydreamy state enables the subconscious to be more receptive. All hypnotherapists utilise this state, but it is the way in which it is used that is so different. Curative hypnotherapists use hypnosis not to suppress, but to correct. We treat the problem at the root source so that it can’t come back. The most effective way to treat your OCD and dispose of your obsessions and/or compulsions completely and permanently, is to resolve what’s causing it; if there is no longer any cause, there can be no effect.
So why do you suffer OCD? You have probably puzzled over this many times before. Looked for reasons, triggers behind it. Perhaps you know why; your mum, sister, or other family member has suffered from OCD too. Or maybe it was triggered by a traumatic or upsetting event. But knowing this doesn’t make the problem go away, and other people who’ve been in similar situations didn’t go on to suffer from OCD because of it, so why did you? What made your subconscious react differently? Or maybe you can’t think of any reasons to explain it. But that doesn’t mean there is no cause, because for something to exist it has to have been created. It has to have come from somewhere. And there has to be something causing your OCD now. Something driving your obsessions and/or compulsions. Something stopping you from rationalising away your symptoms. Why don’t other people suffer OCD? Why do you?
Beneath all the triggers and confirmation there is a single, root cause stored away in the subconscious mind. It’s something you can’t think of. Something small, easily forgotten, easily overlooked. It’s like that bit of grit in your eye. Once you find it, it can be hard to believe that something so small could have caused so much trouble.
It can take years for our problems, conditions and symptoms to get a good hold over us. Something that starts out as a minor irritation gets worse and worse until it causes us so much suffering that we eventually seek help to put it right. With curative hypnotherapy, you can find freedom from your OCD. Curative hypnotherapy is distinguished from all other forms of hypnotherapy primarily by its use of logic. The therapist approaches each person without theories or preconceptions – except for one – that the answer to your symptoms lies only within your own subconscious mind. With curative hypnotherapy there is no need to suppress or manage your obsessive compulsive disorder. By helping to resolve and correct the root cause, your OCD can be disposed of naturally and completely without any effort and all related symptoms can automatically fade away, until eventually your OCD is nothing but a vague and distant memory.
With Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy you will not be required to relive any traumatic or upsetting event. All you will feel is beautifully relaxed.
Lesserian™ Curative Hypnotherapy Trademark
Over the years many practitioners have incorporated the word “Curative” when describing their treatment, despite providing more basic methods of hypnotherapy. Due to concern over the confusion that was being caused by this, the trademark “Lesserian™ Curative Hypnotherapy ” was registered to mark the difference. The name “Lesserian™” Curative Hypnotherapy is therefore protected by law and denotes the method of treatment that requires the understanding of how people create their problems, which is the necessary first step on the path to correcting the cause of, and resolving, a symptom / condition. Only hypnotherapists licensed as Lesserian™ are qualified to use this technique.
Susannah Saunders is the longest practising Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapist in London. She is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register.
If you would like to explore further about how curative hypnotherapy can help with OCD, then please contact us to book an initial consultation. For information on fees and appointments, please click here.
At the City Hypnotherapy Centre, Susannah provides a safe and relaxing environment in which to explore your issues openly without judgment, and free from reliving unwanted emotions. Everything is treated in the strictest of confidence.