Obsessional Symptoms

Understanding Obsessive Thoughts, Behaviours and Disorders

Usually, compulsive behaviour is one that is carried out, often with little thought.  There may be some feelings of guilt or shame felt after, but immediate gratification is felt at the time…

For obsessive thoughts and behaviours, this sense of relief is often not achieved.  The person will more than likely focus on the issue at hand, often becoming totally preoccupied by it; they can find themselves involved in repetitive cycles of behaviour, which provide little or no relief..

The types of Obsessive Thoughts, Behaviours and Disorders Treated Successfully with Hypnotherapy

Obsessive thoughts and behaviours can range from everyday behaviours such as tidiness, to counting numbers or doing sums in their head to the point that they can think of nothing else.

With all obsessional thoughts and behaviours, it is the degree to which the issue is preoccupying your time and/or limiting your life that is important.  An example is: someone who worries about dirt or contamination may simply wash their hands carefully, maybe try and avoid using public toilets, or perhaps ensure they do not touch doors or handles in public toilets even if this means waiting longer for someone else to open the door so they can nip through without having to touch anything.

However, place this same person under stress and they may begin to wash their hands obsessively and for some people this may come to the point that their hands are never clean enough…

The following list is not exhaustive, but covers the more common obsessive thoughts and behaviours that have been treated successfully:

  1. Being overly jealous or possessive over a partner
  2. Eating issues (e.g. avoiding certain foods, anorexia)
  3. Constant worry about something
  4. Sleeping problems (e.g. insomnia)
  5. Paranoia
  6. Excessive exercise
  7. Continual negative thoughts
  8. Intrusive thoughts
  9. Constant counting
  10. Excessive tidiness
  11. Rituals (e.g. “if you don’t walk on the cracks in the pavement, nothing bad will happen”, if you bump one side of your body you have to match it in the other to “even yourself up”, always checking locks a certain number of times)

Obsessive thoughts, behaviours and disorders are so varied and often specific to the individual that it would be impossible to list them all about.  If your behaviour is not listed above, it doesn’t mean that we can’t help you. We can!

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

Many people who have obsessive thoughts and behaviours will try and hide them from others. We have many years of experience working with people to help them resolve their obsessive thinking and behaviour, and you will find us to be open, friendly, helpful and completely non-judgemental.