You would normally hear or read about obsessive behaviours and disorders being linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession. I have had many years of successfully working with clients who have varying degrees of OCD and find it an incredibly rewarding experience to witness the changes in behaviour patterns first hand. Obsessive thinking can be turned into a skill rather than a disadvantage, imagine what you could do or achieve if your fantastic ability to think at the speed of light were to be put to positive use! After all how do you think Thomas Edison created the first working electric light bulb after obsessively trying to get it right for years!
Generally speaking, a compulsive behaviour (eg, gaming, gambling, drinking, excessive eating) is one that is undertaken, often with little thought, on impulse or with a sense of having been ‘driven’ to it, and instant relief is felt. There may be some feelings of guilt or shame felt afterwards, but immediate gratification is felt at the time.
With obsessions, this sense of relief is often never achieved. The person is more likely to focus excessively on the issue at hand, often becoming totally preoccupied by it; they can find themselves involved in repetitive or compulsive cycles of behaviour which provide little or no relief, and sometimes activities are carried out to ensure something else (often something bad) does not happen. (If I check the door lock 50 times I can avoid the chances of being burgled.)
Obsessive thoughts and obsessive thinking can often be accompanied by anxiety and panic attacks, How do I get over OCD is often a question people ask me. Keep reading . . .
The Types of OCD
Obsessive thoughts and behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as excessive tidiness , counting, checking to much darker or embarrassing thoughts.
With all obsessional thoughts and behaviours, it is the degree to which the issue is preoccupying your time and/or limiting your life that is important. For example, someone who worries about dirt or contamination may simply wash their hands carefully, maybe try and avoid using public toilets, or perhaps ensure they do not touch doors or handles in public toilets even if this means waiting a long time for someone else to open the door so they can nip through ‘untouched’. However, place this same person under stress and they may begin to wash their hands obsessively and for some people this may become ritualistic to the point that their hands are never clean enough to leave their house.
How to get over OCD
You can get over OCD it doesn’t have to rule your life, The Thrive Programme is tailor made for people who suffer from obsessions and compulsions, who also carry out obsessive rituals eg counting and checking, who’s thoughts tumble around at the speed of light.
The following list covers the more common obsessive thoughts and behaviours that have been treated successfully using the Thrive Programme:
- Being overly jealous
- Eating issues (e.g. avoiding certain foods, anorexia)
- Constant worry about something
- obsessive rituals
- Sleeping problems (e.g. insomnia)
- Excessive exercise
- Continual negative thoughts
- Intrusive thoughts
- Constant counting
- Excessive tidiness
- Pre-occupation with dirt and germs
- Grouping things into odd or even numbers
- Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
- Skin Picking
- Obsessive eating or food habits
- Hand washing
Obsessive thoughts, behaviours and disorders are so varied and often specific to the individual that it would be impossible to list them all here so if you cannot see your particular symptoms, don’t worry. What is important to realise is that it is the underling reasons for the behaviours and thought processes that is significant and it is this that is treated with the Thrive Programme, rather than the precise behaviours themselves.
I offer a COMPLEMENTARY initial chat so that we can meet in one of my offices to discuss and determine the way forward for you to overcome these issues. If you would like to take advantage of that offer please do not hesitate to get in touch.