Obsessional Symptoms

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Obsessional Symptoms

Obsessional Symptoms can build one upon another until they feel like a brick wall in front of us blocking our experience of living a full life

Obsessional Symptoms

This page has been superseded – Please Visit Obsessions here.

There are a vast array of obsessional symptoms, many of these are often “unseen” because they may not directly result in a modified behaviour but rather, but in many cases they may also be blatantly obvious as they result in some sort of ritualistic behaviour. (Checking door locks hundreds of times, avoiding cracks in the pavement, etc)

To some extent, these “internal” obsessional symptoms can feel worse because they present themselves as “thinking” or thought problems leading the sufferer to conclude that there is something “bad” going on with themselves rather than them just being “a bit funny” about, for example, germs or the need to arrange books on the bookshelf in the “right order”.

Our own observations show us that in almost all cases of obsessional symptoms, that the common dynamic is one of CONTROL.

In one way or another, these obsessional symptoms always seem to be about “making sense” of the unknown, having to understand something to such an extent that it leads to extensive research into the subject, a “fear” that if the “thing” is not understood absolutely, that there will be some sort of “negative consequence” as a result.

Obsessional symptoms (and the underlying thought processes) present a significant paradox because the desire to be “in control” through a constant need to understand (obsess) is in fact THE PROBLEM itself!

With just about ALL Obsessional Symptoms Your SOLUTION is in fact the PROBLEM!

In other words, the “behaviour” or “thinking” that we understand as obsessional symptoms, that are “created” in order to somehow avoid the negative consequences.. IS the problem itself!

The negative consequences that are trying to be avoided do not actually exist in reality, but the attempted avoidance of these consequences, the obsessional thinking or behaviours, themselves CREATE the Anxiety.

The Obsessive thinker develops a “strategy” of “control” so that they can “feel in control” and yet the more they try to control the “uncontrollable”, the more out of control they become!

As far as we are aware, nobody yet, in the course of human history, has been able to change the future, and yet this is actually what the Obsessive sufferer is actually attempting to do.

Obsessional Symptoms are the “expression” (either “internal” or “external”) of this attempt to control or avoid some perceived negative event that MIGHT happen.

Here at the Wolverhampton Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy clinic we would describe the anxiety that is associated with the Obsessional symptoms as being ANTICIPATORY ANXIETY.

How can I overcome or deal more effectively with my Obsessional Symptoms?

There are a number of therapies that can help to deal with these Obsessional Symptoms and both Analytical Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Therapies  (Thrive Programme and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) have been effective for many sufferers.

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