OCD is a common issue in mental health and it affects men, women and children. It can develop around the age of puberty but typically it starts in early adulthood. People with OCD are often reluctant to talk about it or look for help as they feel embarrassed or ashamed to admit it. This should not be the case as it is a health condition and you are not “going mad” Please do not think this if you suffer from OCD.
It is not really clear why OCD develops but it can be down to a number of life events, such as bereavement or childbearing and certain personalities who have high levels of personal standards, being neat and methodical are more prone to developing OCD. It can also be down to an unusually high level of activity in the brain or a low level of the chemical Serotonin (the happy hormone) in the pre-frontal cortex which is the intellectual brain.
People who are anxious and have a strong responsibility for themselves often display OCD symptoms in terms of anxiety and worrying about things. This can usually show itself in experiencing frequent obsessive thoughts and having compulsive behaviours.
Have you ever kept checking your front door as you are going out? Someone with an obsessive fear of their house being bugled will feel that they need to keep checking the window locks and doors before they can leave the house. Doing this will relieve the unpleasant feelings brought on by the obsessive thought. This is very common. If this type of obsessive behaviour does not worry you or affect your lifestyle then you are able to cope. Sometimes, however, these compulsive behaviours can be lifechanging and you will need to seek help.
With OCD in young adults, they may feel responsible for themselves and often their children. They can worry when their children are ill and when they start school or when they go on their first school trip. This is down to their love for their young ones and their feeling of responsibility for them. Even if they are in the care of schoolteachers or doctors when they are ill, this can cause extreme anxiety and worry for the parent until they have got their children home.
With Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapy, a client will probably only need about 3-4 sessions to help them to understand why they are having these obsessive-compulsive thoughts. Anxiety is the key and as a Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapist, I will talk to my client very openly about how they are feeling in the present and will never delve into their past. The solution is to look forward to how they want to live their lives without OCD and how they are going to achieve this in partnership with me by their side.
If you feel that you have an issue with OCD and this issue is affecting how you live you life, come and see me for a complimentary Initial Consultation where we can talk about how you are feeling and what you want to achieve and I will explain to you exactly what is happening in your brain when you are feeling anxious and obsessive. Let’s talk soon.