Obsessions and compulsions are normal behaviours and form part of what makes us human. However, anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder can be extremely debilitating, with OCD rituals creating repetitive cycles that can make daily tasks difficult.
OCD sufferers may employ techniques to avoid certain circumstances or external stimuli that trigger obsessive thoughts. It can affect all aspects of life: work, home, and relationships. The anxiety caused by OCD symptoms can lead to isolation, stress, and even depression. Many effective treatment options are available to help manage compulsive thoughts, such as cognitive behaviour therapy and alternative therapies. Hypnotherapy is used to complement CBT as an OCD treatment.