Compulsive Symptoms

Help for Compulsions and Compulsive Behaviours with Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Therapy, Counselling in Brighton & Hove:

Covering Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Eastbourne, Shoreham, Chichester, Horsham.

Understanding Compulsions and Compulsive Behaviours

People 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, in the IAEBP, we have found it more helpful to separate compulsive behaviours from obsessive behaviours as their impact upon people’s lives and the way in which they are experienced is very different.

As a rule of thumb, a compulsive behaviour is one that is undertaken, often with little thought, on an 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 (depending on the behaviour) but immediate gratification is felt at the time.

For obsessions or obsessive thoughts and behaviours, this sense of relief is often never achieved. The person is likely to focus excessively on (obsess about) the issue at hand, often becoming totally preoccupied with it; they can find themselves involved in repetitive cycles of behaviour which provide little or no relief and, sometimes, certain activities are carried out to ensure something else (often something bad) does not happen; (for more info on obsessive behaviours and disorders click here).

The types of Compulsions and Compulsive Behaviours which I can help with:
Compulsive behaviours and compulsions can range from simple everyday behaviours such as shopping, to more ‘challenging’ behaviours such as self-harming. One of the issues with compulsive behaviours is that they are often undertaken to excess and can then have very damaging effects on people’s lives: for example, 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.

The following list is not exhaustive but covers the more common compulsive behaviours :

  • Excessive shopping
  • Excessive drinking
  • Addictive behaviour (e.g. gambling, misusing drugs or other substances, eating problems such as bulimia)
  • Over-eating / comfort eating
  • Sexual behaviours (e.g. having numerous sexual partners, having regular unprotected sex)
  • Lying and/or cheating
  • Nail biting
  • Self-harming
  • Hair twiddling
  • Smoking (for more info on stopping smoking easily click here).

Please do not be put off if your particular issue has not been included in the list above: compulsions and compulsive behaviours are so varied and often specific to the individual that it would be impossible to list them all here. What is important to realise is that it is the underlying reasons for the behaviour that is significant and it is this that can be helped via therapy .

Many people who have compulsive behaviours find themselves feeling a little out of control or driven by factors they cannot understand. Sometimes people may feel a little ashamed or guilty about their compulsive behaviours (depending on what they are) and therefore avoid seeking help.

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