Compulsive Symptoms

Understanding Compulsive Behaviours and Disorders

Compulsive shopping woman enjoying the sale seasonYou would normally hear or read about compulsive behaviours and disorders being linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession. However, in the IAEBP, we have found it more helpful to separate compulsive behaviours from obsessive behaviours as their impact upon people’s lives and the way in which they are experienced is very different.

As a rule of thumb, a compulsive behaviour 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.

For obsessive thoughts and behaviours, this sense of relief is often never achieved. The person is likely to focus excessively on the issue at hand, often becoming totally preoccupied by it, they can find themselves involved in repetitive 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. (For more info on Obsessive Behaviours and Disorders click here.)

The types of Compulsive Behaviours and Disorders that can often be successfully treated at Hypnotherapy Cardiff

Compulsive behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as shopping to more reckless behaviours such as self-harming. One of the issues with compulsive behaviours is that most of them undertaken to excess can have very damaging impacts on people’s lives: the compulsive shopper may find themselves heavily in debt or even bankrupt, while the compulsive self-harmer may place their life in jeopardy on a regular basis.

The following list is not exhaustive, but covers the more common compulsive behaviours that people have been helped with at Hypnotherapy Cardiff:

Excessive shoppingGambling Word Cloud
Excessive drinking
Addictive behaviour (e.g. gambling, misusing drugs or other substances, eating disorders such as bulimia)
Sexual behaviours (e.g. having numerous sexual partners, having regular unprotected sex)
Lying and/or cheatingAlcoholism Word Cloud
Nail biting
Self-harming
Hair twiddling and/or pulling (known as trichotillomania)
Smoking (For more info on stopping smoking with hypnotherapy click here.)

Other Compulsive Issues

Please do not be put off if your particular issue has not been identified in the list above: compulsive behaviours and disorders are so varied and often specific to the individual that it would be impossible to list them all here. What is important to realise is that it is the underling reasons for the behaviour that is significant and it is this that is treated, rather than the precise behaviours themselves. If you have any doubts, please CONTACT US and we can have a chat about it.

How Hypnotherapy Cardiff Can Help – in Cardiff and surrounding towns.

freedomMany people who have compulsive disorders and behaviours find themselves feeling a little out of control or driven by factors they can not understand. Sometimes people may feel a little ashamed or guilty about their compulsive behaviours and therefore avoid seeking help.

For certain compulsive behaviours , hypnosis, combined with suggestion therapy can help to enable you to reduce your compulsions and to feel more in control.

An added bonus is that hypnosis is well documented as being wonderfully relaxing and effective at reducing stress levels.

But perhaps your issues are more long term or pervasive and you have found that your compulsive behaviour or disorder is having a limiting effect upon your life?

In these circumstances it is likely that you would benefit more from going through The Thrive Programme with me which is a unique, research based and self empowering psychological training programme which, as well as aiming to help you to detect, understand and then change any unhelpful thoughts, habits or behaviours that you might have developed in regard to your compulsive behaviour, also aims to help and empower you to create strong psychological and emotional foundations which can often lead to a more confident and resilient you and less likely to worry about compulsive behaviour/s any more.

(For more info on The Thrive Programme click here.)

Or Cognitive Processing and Integration Therapy where we can help you to explore and re-process any past unresolved or ongoing issues that may play a part in your presenting symptom in a safe, totally non judgemental way.

This type of therapy is done in a very relaxing and effectual manner and can often help you to reprocess and reevaluate certain thoughts, feelings and experiences enabling you to see them in a more helpful manner and aiming to help give you a clearer or different perspective on things.

(For more info on Cognitive Processing and Integration click here.)

What’s the next step?

That’s easy: call Simon NOW on 07833 665978 to have a chat or book your FREE initial consultation or just fill out the short Contact Form situated towards the bottom of this page

Alternatively you can email him at hypnotherapycardiff@yahoo.co.uk

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