You would normally hear or read about compulsive behaviours and disorders being linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession.

However, as a rule of thumb, a compulsive behaviour is one that is undertaken, often with little thought, on impulse or with a sense of having been ‘driven’ to it, and instant relief is felt.  There may be some feelings of guilt or shame felt afterwards, but immediate gratification is felt at the time. For obsessive thoughts and behaviours, this sense of relief is often never achieved.

The person is likely to focus excessively on the issue at hand, often becoming totally preoccupied  by it; they can find themselves involved in repetitive cycles of behaviour which provide little or no relief, and sometimes activities are carried out to ensure something else (often something bad) does not happen.

Types of Compulsions Treated

Compulsive behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as shopping to more reckless behaviours such as self-harming.

One of the issues with compulsive behaviours is that most of them undertaken to excess can have very damaging impacts on people’s lives:  the compulsive shopper may find themselves heavily in debt or even bankrupt, while the compulsive self-harmer may place their life in jeopardy on a regular basis.

How can Mindset Reset help?

Typical compulsions that can be helped with both Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy treatments are: Excessive shopping, Excessive drinking, Addictive behaviours, Sexual Problems, Nail biting, Self-harming compulsions, Hair twiddling and/or pulling, Compulsive eating habits, Smoking cigarettes or other substances.

Sometimes people may feel a little ashamed or guilty about their compulsive behaviours and therefore avoid seeking help so please don’t hesitate to get in touch as Hypnotherapy has an excellent track record in helping Compulsive Symptoms.