Obsessive thoughts are a frequent symptom of feeling stressed, depressed or anxious.
If the primitive, emotional part of our brain feels that we are in danger, it will automatically want to keep drawing our attention back to whatever it perceives to be the problem. So if we are feeling anxious about our finances or relationship issues, we will probably be continually reminded of it throughout the day.
The primitive part of our brain doesn’t recognise that a bill we need to pay is not necessarily a danger. It simply responds in the same way it would to a real life-threatening problem, such as running into a bear. (If we were faced with a bear, we would definitely not want to forget it was there!)
Worrying is a kind of obsessive thinking. When people worry, they often feel that they can’t help it. The thoughts just keep popping into their heads, even if they are trying to work or concentrate on other things. To some extend, worrying about something can feel as if we are doing something about it. But unfortunately, when we worry we are creating even more levels of stress, and in turn making ourselves feel even worse.
Obsessive thoughts can also turn into OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), a condition in which a person is compelled to carry out certain rituals or acts, often repeatedly, in order to feel safe. This behaviour may involve rechecking things (oven, doors, windows, etc.), collecting and hoarding or being unable to throw things away, repeated hand-washing, obsession with germs or dirt, and so on. These rituals often cause great distress and interfere dramatically with a person’s life. OCD can also involve distressing thoughts like harming oneself or others, or feeling strongly that others might be affected if rituals are not performed correctly.
Hypnotherapy can help with obsessive thoughts and OCD by calming down the primitive emotional part of the brain that encourages us into repetitive behaviours for our ‘survival’. By gently reducing the stress in your life, we can relax the obsessive part of the mind and teach it that it needn’t respond as if we are in danger.
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