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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and self harming treated with hypnosis and hypnotherapy at Liz Hogon Hypnotherapy in Burwood East, Melbourne


What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious anxiety-related that affects people regardless of gender and social or cultural background. Sufferers often go undiagnosed for many years, partially because of a lack of understanding of the condition, and partially because of the intense feelings of embarrassment, guilt and sometimes even shame associated with what is often called the ‘secret illness’.

Obsessive behaviour can have a totally devastating effect on work, social life and personal relationships. The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks OCD as the tenth most disabling illness of any kind, in terms of lost earnings and diminished quality of life. 
Most sufferers know that they are having irrational thoughts and their behaviour is senseless, but are incapable of stopping them. This has a significant impact on their confidence and self-esteem and as a result, their careers, relationships and lifestyles.

Obsessions and Compulsions are different - obsessions are felt and the compulsions are acted out.  Obsessive thoughts can be intrusive and the sufferer can’t stop thinking about them (for example a love obsession).  It may feel as though the brain has been invaded by thoughts with no means to stop them. 

All of us at some point in our lives have experienced the occasional obsessional thought, however when it reaches the stage that these thoughts completely take over our life and affects our everyday functioning it becomes a full blown obsessive disorder.

Compulsions offer the sufferer an immediate benefit – for example the person may go on a drinking or eating binge which allows them to escape life for awhile.  The compulsion is often much stronger when this person is feeling anxious or under stress.  After they have carried out their compulsive behaviour, they often feel very guilty and ashamed.  Other compulsive behaviours are gambling, drug taking, nail biting, comfort eating or cutting oneself (self harming).

Self harming and bodily abuse affects mainly children and teenagers although adults can also be affected.  Many normal people can suffer from the compulsion to self-harm. Self harming can include cutting on the arms and legs, scratching the skin, hitting oneself and hair pulling (Trichotillomania).  It can also be associated with other abusive and reckless behaviours such as drug taking, eating disorders (anorexia or bulimia), reckless drinking and dangerous behaviour.
Overcoming OCD is possible. OCD and self harming can be treated very successfully with hypnoanalysis. I also usually do a few sessions of CLB before the analysis to help you learn how to get control of your thoughts.

If you decide that hypnoanalysis is not suitable for you then a course of Changing Limiting Beliefs can allow you to take back control of your thoughts, thus reducing the severity of the OCD.

It is perfectly natural that you may have questions about hypnotherapy and hypnosis. Come in for a chat - it's a free consultation -and we can discuss your options. You are under no obligation to proceed! So call me on 0409 254 500 and book your free session.

If I’m with a client you can leave a confidential message on my voicemail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can email me on liz@lizhogon.com




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