Obsessive Thinking Disorder
It’s those thoughts that creep into your mind, and won’t stop. Obsessive thinking disorder is scary because the thing that worries you are your own intrusive thoughts, your own disturbed mind. Fortunately, there is something you can do to regain your peace of mind.
There are many kinds of obsessive thinking – from being unable to think about anything else other than work, imagining violent scenarios, replaying upsetting interactions with other people – or for that matter anything else. What makes an obsessive thought is that it’s a thought that you repeatedly think about, and that disturbs your emotional well-being.
Am I Mad?
Sometimes intrusive thoughts are so disturbing that you might be asking yourself questions like this. Are you just bad? Are you going insane?
You’re not – the very fact that you’re asking yourself these questions demonstrates that you’re not crazy. In fact, studies have shown that it is normal to have “disturbing thoughts” sometimes, everybody does so.
It’s how you manage these thoughts that makes the difference. And that’s where hypnosis for obsessive thinking can help you.
Most people do not know how to react to intrusive thoughts and thus, while they put effort into them, these efforts are often not very effective1.
But it’s clear now that thought suppression (consciously trying to avoid certain thoughts from entering consciousness) is not working2
It’s important to do something about your obsessive thoughts as soon as possible – don’t put this off. This isn’t the time to procrastinate. The longer obsessive thoughts keep spinning in your head, the more momentum the vicious circle of thoughts and worries gets. Cut it off before it perpetuates itself.
There are around 3,500,000 people in the USA who are coping with obsessive thinking disorder, and there are plenty of theories as to why people develop this condition. The most common one is that the thoughts and images that constantly surge up in their mind helps people to dissociate themselves from emotional pain they want to avoid. However, there are plenty of people for whom this is not a sufficient explanation. The true is: even the experts don’t know what causes obsessive thinking disorder, and there is a wide spectrum of causes.
Instead of investing a lot of time in practicing thought control strategies – which is very effortful and can wear you down – you can use the power of your subconscious mind to keep your mind clean. You don’t need to be tormented by intrusive thoughts anymore. Because with hypnosis you can tell your subconscious mind to protect you from unsettling ideas and disturbing mental images.
- Mark H. Freeston, Robert Ladouceur, What do patients do with their obsessive thoughts? Ecole de Psychologie, Université Laval and Centre de Recherche Université Laval Robert-Giffard, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4Received 7 August 1996. Available online 9 June 1998 [↩]
- Eric Rassin, Philip Diepstraten, How to suppress obsessive thoughts http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0005-7967(02)00043-8 [↩]