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Obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD) is a serious form of anxiety. People with OCD may, for instance, wash their hands incessantly because they are afraid of germs, or keep returning to their house to make sure the door is locked (over and over repeatedly, not just once or twice as many of us do). A professional hypnotherapist can help, first with stress relief, and then to find the root of the problem and help the individual overcome the phobia. Stress management can make this disorder easier to cure. A survey of 18 studies showed hypnosis improved the effectiveness of psychotherapy alone for several conditions including anxiety. (Scientific American, July 2001) For serious problems with anxiety, a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis may be most effective.