Hypnotherapy aims to change the way the patient feels about OCD to enable them to take more control. It will help to make the distinction between what the OCD patient believes to be true, for instance the tap has been left on and what is actually true, for example the tap is actually switched off.
The first step towards achieving this is encouraging the patient to consciously think in a different way and the second is to change thoughts and feeling on an unconscious level. Both of these can help the patient to take control of their OCD. In this sense, it is similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Hypnoanalysis is also used to treat psychological and anxiety disorders such as OCD and aims to treat OCD from its core. Both hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis can break the dependence on OCD medication to control the OCD symptoms.
Once hypnotherapy has pinpointed the cause of the OCD the treatment can be tested through desensitisation. If the hypnotherapy treatment has been successful the patient will usually find that they no longer rely on OCD medication to control their OCD symptoms, which allows them to gradually phase it out.
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