Controlling Compulsions – Therapies4all – Hypnotherapy Glasgow




Monday, 24 October 2011

Controlling Compulsions



Compulsions are behaviors that can now be considered common in some populations. Some have mild cases of compulsion, and some have severe cases. Compulsive behavior is a behavior that a person does because they feel they need to. Compulsions are not done based on what people want, but they simply can’t help doing so. 


Compulsive behavior usually takes many forms. Many of these forms are part of the normal daily routine of people. These compulsions can be shopping, eating, hoarding, gambling and mannerisms, such as pulling one’s strands out and biting the nails.


The reasons for compulsions are usually issues with anxiety, or stress,  that can root from childhood or work. For example, eating compulsions can be a form of stress relief. The same might go for shopping or hoarding compulsions. 


Compulsive behaviors are also associated with certain disorders and other problems. Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, a psychiatric disorder, that involves obsessions and compulsions. The obsessions are repetitive stressful thoughts in a person’s mind, and the compulsions are a way to relieve the anxiety brought upon by the obsessions. Take into consideration obsessive thoughts about security. The compulsions for these thoughts could be repetitive checking if the door, window or gate is locked. Another problem that involves compulsions is drug addiction. Because of the looseness of control that are brought about the drug effects, people often have compulsions to take the drug on a regular basis as if it was a common routine daily. It is important to identify that addiction and compulsion are two different terms and concepts. Addiction generally refers to the whole process of being dependent and inseparable to the addicting substance, while compulsions are specific to a certain action and anxiety. 


Traditionally, compulsive behaviors are treated with anti-anxiety medications such as Zoloft, Clomipramine and Paroxetine. However, there are alternative treatments which can be done to help stop compulsions. These are cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation, acupuncture, hypnosis and herbalism.


In a research done by David Veale, a consultant Psychiatrist in South London, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was discovered to be very effective against compulsions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , a psychotherapeutic therapy, involves talking and discussing about the root of the compulsions. The therapist will work with the person, who has compulsions, to discover the cause of the anxiety and find a solution to the problem. CBT involves a combination of cognitive, multimodal and behavioral therapies to help rid of the compulsions. 


Meditation and hypnosis are both natural treatment alternatives that are effective in dismissing compulsions. Since compulsions result from anxiety, meditation helps in this area. Meditation involves emptying the mind from all thought, included in these are all the bad thoughts that can cause anxiety. What meditation does is it gradually evicts compulsions by simply having a person sit there and relax. It may take a while for meditation to be effective because sometimes the compulsions are very strong. Hypnosis is resorted to when the compulsions can no longer be tamed with CBT, meditation and other treatments. Hypnosis will condition the mind to have decreased anxiety when exposed to the stressor and project a more adaptive coping mechanism.


Acupuncture is a Chinese medicinal art that can be used for a lot of conditions. Included in these is compulsive behaviors. Acupuncture channels the “Qi” in a person’s body to have a better, uninterrupted flow that relaxes a person. Acupuncture targets compulsion by relieving the anxiety brought upon by stressors. By promoting the flow of “Qi” the body relaxes and becomes relieved of stress.


Lastly, herbalism is another way to control compulsion by affecting the chemicals in the brain. According to Dr. Ray Sahelian, a physician and nutritionist, diet plays a major role in brain function. One herb that helps relax the body is passion flower. St. John’s Wort is another herb that is helpful against compulsions because it treats general anxiety disorders, which can be a cause for compulsions. Another common herb is Kava-Kava. This herb has been used to treat anxiety in psychiatry, which can also lead to compulsion control.

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