OCD affects around 1.2 million people in the UK, and is the fifth most common anxiety disorder. Symptoms centre around the undertaking of obsessive or compulsive behaviour and is often related to numbers, for example a sufferer may wash their hands a certain number of times a day, or need to count to a certain number before switching off a light.
there is currently no cure for OCD, but there are ways to treat it by breaking the cycle of the behaviour pattern. Analytical hypnotherapy can also help, by trying to find out what the reason for the compulsion is.
Steve Williams, professional analytical hypnotherapist and former OCD sufferer said: “Analysis on the other hand, tries to find out what it is at the back of their mind that’s unconsciously driving them to do it. It’s almost as if, something has come along, from way back in the past and it’s causing stress and anxiety. When they make that mental connection between what they’re suffering with today and what from the past has caused it, it goes.”