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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Symptoms

The Obsessions, Compulsions and Rituals

Some of the most common OCD disorders include:

  • Fear of contamination.
  • Fear of accidentally causing harm to yourself or others.
  • Preoccupation with order or symmetry.
  • Aggressive obsessions.
  • Religious obsessions, for example ‘Fear of offending God’.
  • Sexual obsessions, for example ‘Fear of being a paedophile’.
  • Fear of losing something important (such as possession, paperwork or ideas).
  • Fear of becoming violent or aggressive.
  • Checking (for example, if a light is switched off, or the front door is locked).
  • Cleaning or washing (such as yourself, others or home).
  • Counting.
  • Touching.
  • Repeating actions, special words, images and scenes or numbers in one’s mind.
  • Ordering and making things ‘just so’.
  • Compulsive slowness.
  • Hoarding (excessive keeping of possessions such as newspapers that have no real value, interest or function).
  • Making lists.
  • Pure obsessing.

Related OCD Disorders

Some related OCD disorders include:

  • Hypochondriasis: Preoccupation with fears of having, or the idea that one has, a serious disease based on misinterpretation of one or more bodily signs or symptoms.
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD): Preoccupation with a defect in appearance. This is either imagined or if a slight physical anomaly is present, the person’s concern is markedly obsessive.
  • Trichotillomania: Recurrent pulling out of one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair loss.
  • Compulsive buying.
  • Compulsive stealing.
  • Addictions (often disputed by the professionals).

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be an effective way to help individuals cope/manage difficulties associated with conditions such as Stress, Anxiety, OCD and Depression.

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