This is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and ritualized, repetitive behaviors you feel compelled to perform. If you have OCD, you probably recognize that your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational—but even so, you feel unable to resist them and break free.
At this stage it is helpful to understand how our brain works; how we develop these patterns and what we can do about it. Our brain is made up of two areas:
• The intellectual part which makes decisions based on a full assessment of the situation and is balanced and positive. When we are working from this area we are optimistic, positive and are able to make the most of Life.
• The primitive part. This has developed over thousands of years to help us survive in hostile environments. It is known as out “ fight/ flight/ depression area and it does what it says on the “tin”. If this area thinks we are faced with a danger / threat (or there is too much anxiety in our lives) it will shut down the other area of the brain and take over. Depending on the situation it can make us want to run away, withdraw and feel depressed or fight. It is a negative and obsessional mind. It will force you to keep checking for signs of danger – to be constantly on alert.
If we are spending too much of our time in this part of the brain, these obsessional thoughts that force us to carry out compulsive behaviors can become a “normal” response for us.
Here at MTC Hypnotherapy our goals for treatment are to help by reducing or elimination the symptoms and reduce or eliminate the risk of successive episodes with a 3 step approach:
Step 1 – Explain why things are as they are and how the brain works
Step 2 – Explain what you can do about it.
Step 3 – Help you start doing it.
Your initial assessment is free and all treatments are backed up with a free CD to help maintain and support the progress that you make.