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Consciousness Related Questions

Do you want to know if OCD and consciousness are related? Can issues with your consciousness cause insomnia? The human mind is a marvel. Our consciousness at its various levels plays an important role on how we think, perceive, and react to our experiences, surroundings and occurrences. Sometimes, when you are going through a difficult phase or situation, mentally or physically, your consciousness may find helpful ways to cope with this experience. To understand more about the role of consciousness in various facets of life experiences, verified Experts can be helpful and insightful. Read below where Experts have answered a few questions and problems related to consciousness.

How is consciousness related to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)?

DID usually occurs if one was traumatized and the sub-conscious mind or consciousness creates alters to block the memory to protect you. Alters may be more eager to express their experiences because you consciously can remember the experience but intentionally and emotionally block them. This prevents a true connection. Since alters do not possess this restriction, they are more open to therapists and others. This illness is difficult to treat because the treatment protocols are not fixed. Techniques such as hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are helpful in dwelling deeper to find the underlying trauma cause and it is normal to feel confused during the therapy process. The goal of the treatment is to allow you to accept alters as a part of your consciousness, wherein treatment encourages compromise with alters and you. Once that is processed, DID symptoms start to resolve.

How is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and consciousness connected?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) usually manifests when there is a history of anxiety and worry and the mind tries to cope with these worries in a maladaptive manner, formed with obsessive intrusive behavior. These feelings are buried deep in the subconscious or unconscious mind. Due to this reason it is difficult to pinpoint or associate the source or reason for an OCD to develop. Intelligent males and females have obsessive thoughts and it cannot be predicted why one individual’s subconscious mind chooses one thing over another. One of the theories is that fear drives the subconscious choice of subject. One of the strategies to deal with OCD when odd thoughts arise, is to consciously affirm that it is a stray thought and try to let it go.

What causes the bizarre compulsion to press the carotid arteries and lessen blood flow to the brain?

Most likely, this is an OCD related habit. The reason it is deep seated is because consciously or sub-consciously, a reward is perceived from it. Since this is a potentially dangerous compulsion, with risk of oxygen loss to the brain, a course of cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful. Cognitive therapists do not usually interpret or seek unconscious motivations, instead bring cognitions and belief into current focus of attention and gently coax the patients to re-evaluate their thinking.

How are consciousness and insomnia related?

Incidents or issues which were buried within your mind come to the forefront when your conscious and sub-conscious processes these thoughts while sleeping or during the healing process. This is especially the case if you are consciously or subconsciously thinking about these issues at night. However, if the thoughts are intense and are predominantly in your conscious mind, it results in insomnia. Additionally, it is not necessarily that if you are not consciously experiencing anxiety or stress, your subconscious is not experiencing it or getting affected by it. This can also lead to insomnia and difficulty sleeping. To deal with this, sleep aid medications and psychological therapy can help.

After one's consciouness is hypnotized, can the hypnosis be reversed?

Hypnosis is basically planting an idea in one’s subconscious mind while it is in a hypnotic trance state. An idea of seeing and realistically believing the hypnosis is possible because the subconscious mind believes so while inducing the hypnotic trance. Therefore, when one regains complete consciousness, there is complete belief. This process can be reversed but it should be carried out by someone whom you share a good rapport with or therapeutic alliance.

Getting an understanding of consciousness is not easy and not being able to control your mind or behavior completely is unnerving and challenging. However, as seen above when verified Experts are involved, there is assistance available to clear your confusion and obtain answers to questions and problems. They can provide one-on-one insights and information anonymously and help you deal with your situation better. All this is possible from the comfort of your home, quickly and affordably.

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