Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

Obsessive compulsive disorders, although it is termed as one are quite different. An obsession is felt, while a compulsion is acted out. In an obsession the fear is private and inward, in a compulsion the fear (or desire is taboo) is given a symbol that arouses the feeling of fear, in a compulsion the individual creates his / her own symbol.

The repetitive compulsion performs a particular act over and over again, must touch every lamp-post on his way home, count his money over and over again.

Both the obsessions and the compulsions are substitutes for something desired, or imagined that does not harmonise with the personality ego. Pure ‘O’ is having just the obsessions, again utilising CBT can assist greatly with this aspect.

Utilizing cognitive behavioural therapy within hypnosis, allows that person to think and feel differently. ERP exposure response prevention, is used in conjunction with hypnosis and allows for superior outcomes. It is essential a plan of action is devised for that individual person suffering from OCD.

Trichotillomania  TTM

Trichotillomania or the pulling out of hair mainly from the head, but can be from the eyelashes, eyebrows, arms, legs or pubis. This compulsion can begin at any age, more commonly between 9 - 15 years old. More females have this problem, or perhaps males can hide their baldness easier. Females will cover themselves up with hats, use false eyelashes and wigs, disguising themselves for fear of being discovered.

It can be caused by emotional or traumatic events during their childhood days. The condition which can be frantic at times is usually worse in the evenings or when bored, and during the menstrual cycle. This can create low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety due to their helplessness of not being in control.

They often experience tension prior to pulling out a hair, and then relief or pleasure afterwards. Often a particular hair is selected, coarser, thicker or wavy one, or a particular hair that does not feel ‘normal’ or is ‘alien’. Some will place the follicle of the hair in their mouth and bite on it experiencing a pleasurable feeling, others may brush the hair around the outside or inside their mouth.

Using clinical hypnosis with cognitive behavioural therapy and interpersonal therapy, provides that person with better coping skills and coping mechanisms for the future.

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