Compulsions, Obsessions, Intrusive Thoughts & OCD
Overcoming OCD, Obsessions, Compulsions & Intrusive Thoughts
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has two elements: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are obtrusive and unwanted thoughts, resulting in irrational fears. Compulsions are where the person acts out rituals – these are repetitive, obtrusive, unwanted thoughts that are experienced and result in unreasonable fears, and compulsions.
Compulsive, extensive repeated hand-washing is a typical example of a compulsion, where the person feels compelled to wash away contamination or germs. The sufferer will, typically, feel less anxiety once they have carried out the compulsion to wash. Other examples of such compulsions are checking, counting, cleaning, measuring, repeating tasks and actions. Trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling) is classed as an OCD behaviour.
Equally, sufferers may experience obsessive thoughts, without the desire to carry through on a compulsion. Examples of obsessive behaviours may include excessive worrying over illness, death, contamination, unwanted sexual thoughts and thoughts about causing harm to oneself or others. These intrusive thoughts and ruminations are sometimes called "Pure O" - in other words, pure obsession.
Through the use of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, Angela has worked with many clients who have varying behaviours typical of OCD. You can call her on 07736 480 376 or email her for further information.