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Understanding OCD

Posted: Thursday, June 3, 2010

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is all about understanding the way the Subconscious mind normally thinks. This is quite different from conscious thinking, which is logical and rational.

Subconscious thinking is called 'dreaming', or if we are awake at the time we call it 'day-dreaming'. Far from being just an idle waste of time, this form of mental activity can be very creative and imaginative, and many of the brilliant discoveries and ideas that humans have come up with over the centuries began as a day-dream. Some day-dreaming is just a waste of time though, but it is not always obvious, at first, which is brilliance and which is simply nonsense.  It becomes apparent only when we see what results from it.

It is a human trait to want to control everything: we attempt to impose order on the world. Conscious attempts to do this are likely to be logical and rational, but may be rather predictable and uninspired. Subconscious attempts may not be quite so logical, but that is not because the Subconscious is illogical. It understands logic all right, but unlike the conscious mind, it is not bound by it.

Humans develop rituals, it is part of our normal behaviour and the fact that most of it is bonkers from a strictly logical point of view never bothered anyone before, so why should it be regarded as an "illness" today? Well, partly because it is misunderstood but also because it can get really extreme and debilitating in some cases, and the doctors and psychologists don't know how to get rid of it so they end up taking it way too seriously, as if it is some form of madness. It is NOT.

In truth, the Subconscious mind is only trying to help and doesn't realise it is getting carried away. In my experience, as soon as a proper case for change is presented to the Subconscious - that's my job - it will stop doing it, so the impulse that usually prompts you to repeat the behaviour disappears. Doctors and psychologists, counsellors and psychiatrists do not work with the Subconscious mind, hypnotherapists are the only people who do this, so do not be surprised if those people are genuinely unaware that there is a straightforward solution.

If there is an underlying issue - such as emotional insecurity or self-esteem issues - then we deal with that too. For more information, call now:

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Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes BA(Hons) HPD DipCAH MNCH is a Senior Registered Hypnotherapy Practitioner (General Hypnotherapy Register) and has been providing effective and confidential hypnosis and hypnotherapy services at Central Hypnotherapy for Stockport, Manchester, Tameside and Cheshire since August 2000.

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