OCD Have a compulsion?

OCD Have a compulsion?

If you have OCD, you may have repeated obsessions and/or compulsions that make you feel anxious ( search this site to see anxiety for detail of this). Everyone has unwanted, troubling thoughts occasionally, for example, worrying that the oven has been left on. But if you have OCD, these thoughts are more common and can seem more important.

Symptoms of OCD

OCD symptoms vary from mild to severe. They include obsessions (thoughts or feelings) that make you feel distressed or anxious, and compulsions (actions) which you feel necessary to perform to cancel out the obsession. It is most common to have both obsessions and compulsions, but you can also have either alone. You may have more than one obsession and/or compulsion.

The most common obsessions are:
thinking or feeling objects are dirty or contaminated worrying about health and hygiene fear about safety and security, for example, doors left unlocked or appliances left switched on pre-occupation with order and symmetry religious or anti-religious thoughts disturbing thoughts about aggression or sex the urge to hoard useless things You may carry out compulsive behaviours to counteract the anxiety caused by your obsessions. These may be obvious actions, or just things you do in your mind.

The most common compulsions are:

  • checking to make sure things are safe (such as gas taps and locks)
  • cleaning and washing, either yourself (e.g., hand washing), or your surroundings
  • repeating acts in a particular way
  • mental compulsions (e.g., repeating certain phrases or prayers in your mind)ordering things for symmetry or exactness
  • hoarding or collecting things that are useless.

Compulsions are usually related to the type of obsession you are experiencing. For example, you may repeatedly wash your hands if you have obsessions about dirt or contamination. […]

Anxiety – Do YOU Have it?

Anxiety – Do YOU Have it?

Anxiety – Do YOU Have it – Every one has experienced being anxious at some time so we know what anxiety feels like- YOUR not Alone.

YOUR heart pounds before a Driving Test,that important presentation or an exam at school or Uni. YOU can get butterflies in your stomach during a trip to the dentist or hospital. We can and do worry and fret over family problems or feel uneasy in these times at the prospect of asking the boss for a raise.

However, if worries and fears are preventing you from living your life ‘Normally” thats the way you’d like to, you may be suffering from an anxiety or even an anxiety disorder.

The good news is, there are many anxiety treatments and self-help strategies that can help you reduce your anxiety symptoms and take back control of your life. Hypnofix can help you there too. Ring 01384 621857

Understanding anxiety disorders
Firstly it’s normal to worry and feel tense or scared when under pressure or facing a stressful situation. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when we feel threatened. The Flight or Fight Systems kick in. Thats ok if your facing Godzilla with a spear but not a presentation to your colleagues.

Although it may be unpleasant, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, anxiety can help us stay alert and focused, spur us to action, actually perform well in that presentation, and motivate us to solve problems. But when anxiety that is constant or overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activities—that’s when you’ve crossed the line from  what generally is acceptable ‘Normal” anxiety into the territory of  anxiety out of control […]

Substance induced anxiety disorder: Anxiety due to substance abuse

Anxiety due to substance abuse

Substance induced anxiety disorder: Anxiety due to substance abuse

Severely depressed or anxious people are at high risk for alcoholism, smoking , and other forms of addiction. Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among people with alcoholism. It should be noted, moreover, that long-term alcohol use can itself cause biologic changes that may actually produce anxiety and depression.

Substance-induced anxiety disorder may be experienced by individuals with no preexisting psychopathology as well as those who have a history of erratic or maladaptive behavior. On the other hand, these episodes usually occur in individuals with preexisting anxiety about drug use, especially novice users or in experienced users who have taken more than their usual dose.

Anxiety may be secondary to physical disorders, such as neurologic disorders (eg, brain trauma, infections, inner ear disorders), cardiovascular disorders (eg, heart failure, arrhythmias), endocrine disorders (eg, overactive adrenal or thyroid glands), and respiratory disorders (eg, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Anxiety may be caused by use of drugs, such as alcohol, stimulants, caffeine, cocaine, and many prescription drugs. Also, drug withdrawal is commonly associated with anxiety.

  • The patient has prominent anxiety, compulsions, obsessions or panic attacks.
  • History, physical exam or laboratory data substantiate that either – these symptoms have developed within a month of substance intoxication or withdrawal or – medication use has caused the symptoms.
  • No other anxiety disorder better accounts for these symptoms.
  • The symptoms cause clinically important distress or impair work, social or personal functioning.
  • The symptoms don’t occur solely during a delirium.

The essential features of substance-induced anxiety disorder are prominent and persistent feelings of anxiety that are judged to be due to the direct physiological effects of intoxication or withdrawal from a substance. Prominent anxiety, Panic Attacks, or obsessions or […]

By |July 8th, 2009|Anxiety, Hypnotherapy|Comments Off on Substance induced anxiety disorder: Anxiety due to substance abuse

Too anxious to sleep

Too anxious to sleep

I wake up every night at the same time, 4am, terrified out of my wits. I go to bed feeling relatively calm, but once I’ve woken up I lie there feeling so anxious I can’t get back to sleep. I worry about anything and everything, including things I can’t do anything about. It’s got to the point where I’m afraid of falling asleep. Waking up early, and feeling anxious and low, can be a sign of depression. People suffering from depression are also more likely to worry about small things that wouldn’t usually bother them. How is your mood during the day? Do you still enjoy life?If you think you are depressed it is important to get help, and your GP could be your first port of call. In general, I wouldn’t advise resorting to sleeping tablets. Although they may be a quick fix, they can become addictive and don’t address the underlying problem of why you are feeling as you do. If you are not depressed, it is worth spending some time thinking about what is making you feel so anxious. Have there been any new stresses at work or in your personal life? Perhaps you should consider confiding in a friend and talking things through. Or, if you prefer, your GP should be able to organise for you to see a counsellor.

The hypnotherapist – Bonita Rayner-Jones

We need to let the mind and body know it is safe to sleep and rest, and that life is good. Hypnotherapy can help disrupt the cycle of broken sleep by tuning your thoughts into more rational thinking and focusing on what is needed to sleep. Ensure you set aside time […]

By |June 20th, 2009|Anxiety, Sleep|Comments Off on Too anxious to sleep

Irritable bowel symptoms worsen during menstrual cycle

Irritable bowel symptoms worsen during menstrual cycle

Having a period significantly worsens symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and lowers pain thresholds, finds research in Gut.

It has previously been shown that the menstrual cycle has no effect on rectal sensitivity of normal healthy women, despite the fact that they have looser stools at the time of menses.In patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) however, the menstrual cycle may have a greater role, as such patients often report a significant worsening of their IBS symptoms with menses.In order to test whether this is the case, a balloon catheter was inserted into the rectum of 29 women aged between 21 and 44, who had been diagnosed with IBS according to the Rome I criteria.

Rectal responses to distention of the balloon during Days 1-4 (menses), 8-10 (follicular phase), 18-20 (luteal phase), and 24-28 (premenstrual phase) were assessed to detect changes in sensitivity and other sensations, such as urge.A general symptom diary was kept by the women during the course of the study, to evaluate abdominal pain and bloating (using a visual analogue scale), and frequency and consistency of bowel habits.Throughout the study the levels of anxiety and depression of the subjects were also assessed using the hospital anxiety and depression questionnaire.

The researchers found the women reported abdominal pain and bloating as being significantly worse during menses compared with most other phases of the cycle.Bowel habits became more frequent, and patients tended to have a lower general well-being – although there was no evidence that they were more depressed or anxious at this time.Their rectal sensitivity was also significantly increased at the time of their period, more so than during […]