What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
By John O’ Reilly RC Hyp, Dip Hyp, BA., MSc.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is where people suffer from obsessive compulsory repetitive behaviour in relation to a process, item(s) or thoughts. OCD behaviour is usually associated with elements of fear or anxiety. As the name suggests its main features are made up of obsessiveness and compulsion.
The ‘Obsessions’ are fear based and can relate to anything from thoughts, items, situations, order, arrangement, symmetry etc. They are automatic frequent and can be upsetting or distressing if not completed. The fear element that something may go wrong if they are not attended to makes them very difficult to control or to stop doing them. Obsessions may cause anxiety disgust depending on their nature. The obsessions can seem illogical, counterintuitive and even disconnected. They can involve obsessions about contamination, uncertainty, order or symmetry, guilt, responsibility for preventing harm or other taboo thoughts. It is because of these obsessions that people develop avoidant or compulsive behaviours in an attempt to try and avoid or decrease the distress associated with the obsession for the suffer.
The ‘Compulsion’ to behave in a certain manner is controlled by anxiety associated with the obsession. This may include excessive cleaning, checking, repetitive actions, touching, ordering, arranging, counting, ritualistic behaviours etc., which are all designed to reduce the fear element of not doing them, thus reducing the anxiety associated with them. Because the compulsion reduces the anxiety, the belief in the behaviour encourages the repetition of the behaviour in order to prevent the feared outcome occurring, thus becoming more powerful and unavoidable every time it is triggered.
What Causes OCD?
The cause of OCD is not exactly known but stress and traumatic experiences would appear to be connected to it. Research demonstrates that OCD effects communication between the front part of the brain (the orbital cortex) and deeper structures (the basal ganglia). As a result, OCD interferes with the processing of information within the brain and is associated with both obsessions and compulsions behaviour designed to relieve the fear associated with it. OCD is assessed on the person’s symptoms.
Rachman, (1997) proposed in ‘A cognitive theory of obsessions’ that “obsessions were caused by catastrophic misinterpretation of the significance of one’s intrusive thoughts”. Rachman also suggested that exposure to stressful situations can result in obsessions.
Statistics on OCD
- OCD can occur at any age.
- Nearly half of the adults with OCD reported it commenced in childhood.
- OCD suffers on average visit four doctors and spend approximately nine years seeking treatment before they are correctly diagnosed.
- Studies have found that OCD suffers have to wait up to 17 years before they receive appropriate treatment.
- 1 in 50 adults in the USA suffer from OCD.
The anxiety associated with OCD occurs when danger is anticipated and which may occur if a certain ritual be it behavioural, process, thoughts or arrangement of items are not followed. This associated fear / anxiety can cause unexplained terrifying emotions, sensations or feelings, that really interferes with one’s life, cognitive ability and the ability to process emotions and feelings when in an anxious state.
To understand how anxiety occurs please visit the Anxiety page on this site.
Professional male suffering from OCD had to leave his shoes in a certain position every night and when he parked his car the radio had to be set to a particular radio station and a set volume and it this was not done then he had a fear that something bad would happen. With just one session of combo therapy techniques his OCD completely dissolved. He could leave his shoes where he liked at night and leave his car without pre-setting the radio station following his treatment.
How Combo Therapy differs from other therapies
The difference between combo therapy and other therapies is that the other therapies then to focus on the triggers and coping mechanism, whereas Combo Therapy focuses in on the nucleus of the issue / fear/ anxiety and by using its newly developed techniques , Combo Therapy dissolves the problem that causes the OCD , deactivating its nucleus along with the associated behaviour, feelings, emotions and sensations resulting in the person suffering OCD no longer experiencing any obsessions or compulsions .
THE GOOD NEWS is that with just one session of Combo Therapy, OCD can be completely stopped. You can ask yourself, is it that simple and the answer is “YES” with combo therapy.
Combo Therapy has been developed as a result of 34 years of dealing with people’s experiences of negative emotions and feelings as a result of life’s traumatic experiences; together with nearly 10 years of research into the psychological effects of trauma on behaviour.
Combo therapy has been designed to identify all cycles of OCD within the body and mind through a new technique and dissolve the anxiety and fearful feelings within the Survival Unit’s memory database. Clients simply are unable to connect with any of their OCD feelings before the they leave, after the combo therapy session. This release allows client to move on with their lives with increased positivity, and energy which also benefits their physical and mental state of health and wellbeing.
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