Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is characterised by excessive intrusive thoughts, coupled with repetitive behaviour (such as constant hand washing) to ward of the thoughts and anxiety. There is also a condition known as ‘Pure O’, characterised by obsessive thoughts only, without the repetitive behaviours.
This is an excessive and debilitating fear of being away from home or away from the people you care about.
This includes performance anxieties, such as exam nerves, fear of public speaking, stage fright and psychosexual dysfunction, or a fear of life changing events, such as getting married or changing jobs.
Whenever an anxiety becomes excessive or out of your control, it’s then time to do something about it. Which is where I come in.
Partly through my work in private practice (I see more people for anxiety and work-stress than any other problem) and partly through my work with health charity Anxiety UK (I’ve been with them since 2003) – anxiety has become a specialism of mine.
I’ve had plenty of experience in helping people taking control of their anxieties and turning them into a healthy level of concern appropriate to the situation.
CBT is considered the gold standard of treatment for anxiety disorders, whilst hypnotherapy (being an altered state of consciousness similar to daydreaming or nodding off) is the perfect foil for anxiety.