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We can help you with Obsessions, Compulsions and O.C.D. using Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy our hypnotherapists specialize in the treatment of:
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is indeed a chronic, but equally a very treatable, medical condition.
The treatment found to be the most effective in successfully treating OCD is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Just as a person with some types of diabetes can learn to manage the disease by changing their diet and exercise habits, a person with OCD can learn to manage symptoms so they don’t interfere with daily functioning and allow them to regain a much improved quality of life.
In many cases, CBT alone is highly effective in treating OCD, but for some people a combination of CBT and medication is also effective. Medication may reduce the anxiety enough for a person to start, and eventually succeed in therapy.
However what we know is that left unchecked and untreated OCD will mushroom and feed upon itself and can have the power to consume if left unchallenged. It is therefore important to seek professional medical advice and support the moment someone recognises OCD type symptoms.
For some people it is even possible to achieve complete recovery from OCD.
Receiving the very highest standards of care, support and appropriate treatment for OCD, and sticking to the treatment plan, are the key to long term recovery from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
But despite the breakthroughs in awareness, understanding and treatment of OCD, many GPs and mental health professionals may still not recognise the symptoms of the disorder or even know how to correctly treat it. Therefore, it’s important that you learn to recognise the behaviours and symptoms associated with OCD and, if seeking help for yourself or someone you care for, to understand which are the most appropriate treatments for it, whether this be through gaining access to treatment on the NHS, or locating a suitably qualified private therapist who is trained to treat OCD.
Even when improvement through treatment is made, it can be difficult to keep the momentum going in staying well. Knowledge is a powerful tool that is linked to success in understanding and treating OCD and we have produced this guide to help you identify and overcome difficulties that may place barriers in the way of recovery. We also want to offer belief and hope that recovery from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is possible.
Many people with OCD often go undiagnosed for many years, partly because of a lack of understanding of the condition themselves and also amongst health professionals. This is often because of the intense feelings of embarrassment, guilt, and sometimes even shame, associated with what is often called the ‘secret illness’ – a person with OCD is often reluctant to talk about their problems. This often leads to delays in diagnosis of the illness and delays in treatment, with a person often waiting an average of 10-15 years between symptoms developing and seeking treatment.
Fortunately, the medical profession is slowly starting to understand and identify OCD symptoms better which is starting to lead to an improvement in treatment, although this is still very sporadic depending which part of the country you may live. However, in general, through charities like OCD-UK helping to raise awareness and lobby for improvements in access to treatment, the prognosis for people who suffer with OCD is much more hopeful.
Before any kind of treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can commence you should always consult your GP. Many GPs still have little or no knowledge of the wide range of symptoms of OCD, although thankfully this is now slowly changing.
OCD often goes unrecognised and undiagnosed by GPs, frequently because of the patient’s reluctance to divulge their symptoms due to their intense feelings of embarrassment, guilt and sometimes even shame. It is also sometimes misdiagnosed as general anxiety or depression, the depression often a result of the OCD. You may therefore have to tell your GP what OCD is, as well as what your symptoms are. You may also wish to refer your GP to the clinical classifications of the illness on our website and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the identification, treatment and management of OCD and BDD.
Hypnoanalysis (psychotherapy using hypnosis) may also be effective, and aims to find the root cause of the problem, and deal with the issue. Hypnoanalysis is extremely effective at resolving the underlying anxiety that drives the obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions.