Using NLP Techniques to Treat OCD Symptoms
Neuro-linguistic programming (known as NLP, for short) has been put forward as a form of treatment for OCD. If you've tried other forms of OCD treatment (like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and self-help measures) without success, this might be a better option for you. NLP is a combination of hypnosis and psychiatric treatment.
How Can NLP Help OCD Symptoms?NLP can help you to get to the root cause of your OCD symptoms and help you to change the thought patterns that are encouraging them. It's based on the belief that change can be achieved much more quickly if the unconscious mind is tackled. There is a strong emphasis on the past, as many forms of OCD are unconsciously triggered by something that happened previously (even if you're not fully aware of it). Once the main trigger(s) have been pinpointed, the focus switches to changing your thought patterns.
As with most forms of OCD treatment, NLP aims to encourage OCD sufferers to break the vicious cycle that contributes to the frequent performance of compulsive rituals. It's usually difficult to differentiate between what is happening in reality (for example, the tap is off or the door is locked) and what is happening in your mind (for example, the tap is still running or you've left the door unlocked). To change these images and break the power that they have over you, NLP and hypnotherapy can work to show you how to think differently and change your unconscious thought processes on a deeper basis.
It does this by targeting the 'belief systems' that are evident in many OCD sufferers. For example, you may be unable to shake the feeling that something awful is going to happen unless you repeatedly engage in compulsive rituals. In this sense, the intention is to re-train your mind so that your unconscious thought processes are no longer in control.