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By inducing a state of relaxation, hypnosis can focus more clearly on the cause of anxiety, according to the North County Psychiatric Associates, Baltimore, Maryland. The relaxed mind accepts suggestions from the hypnotist more readily. Techniques may include bringing up actual events in a person’s life to handle them better but also may include fictional story telling as a way for the patient to accept situations without disagreeing with the suggestions from the hypnotist. Patients may be willing to look at fictional fears and compare them with their own situations to resolve problems in their mind.
Anxiety is often described as "fear spread thinly"
Most of us experience mild anxiety when faced with situations we perceive to be stressful such as public speaking. However anxiety disorders are severe and can disrupt the day-to-day life of an individual. As in the case of fears and phobias, recognising how irrational our anxiety or panic is, does not lighten the burden of living with it. These feelings are further compounded by the fear of not being in control.
Individuals suffering from an anxiety disorder may avoid certain situations because they fear their anxiety may be triggered. This is often described as developing “a fear of the fear itself”. People often experience problems achieving potential job opportunities or in developing personal relationships.
Individuals suffering from generalised anxiety disorder often irrationally anticipate tragedy. They will constantly worry about family, money, health and perhaps even about how to get through each day.
Panic disorder is characterised by terror, which strikes suddenly without warning. Panic attacks are a common symptom of panic disorder, but not everyone who has a panic attack will develop panic disorder.
Social anxiety disorder is defined by extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations. According to some research, social anxiety (also known as social phobia) is the third most common psychiatric disorder after depression and alcoholism. Fear of being around other people, having to interact with them and being judged negatively by them are the common signs of social anxiety.
Agoraphobia (the fear of open spaces, crowds, public places and/or travelling alone) is another severe form of anxiety.
Panic Attacks. Symptoms of a panic attack can be so severe that those suffering often believe they are having a heart attack or suffering from another life threatening illness. Research indicates random panic attacks are brought on by our own ‘fight or flight’ response.
Since prehistoric times this fight or flight response, has been our in built alarm system. If it alerted us to a danger level beyond our defensive abilities, we simply fled the scene. In the modern world most of the time we can rationalise there is no real threat to our safety from everyday situations such as public speaking or flying. However when the false alarm still continues to sound this causes significant mind and body reactions.
Fear of when the next attack will occur causes persistent worrying and intense anxiety between attacks, i.e. fear of the fear itself. Panic attacks can seriously limit the way a person lives their life as they attempt to avoid situations that trigger the attack. This vicious circle of negativity can fuel the development of other problems such as agoraphobia, and various social phobias.
Where does the anxiety or panic come from?
Some theories suggest people suffering from anxiety are predisposed to a number of contributing factors, such as chemical imbalances in the brain, genetics and perhaps personality type. In fact many medications are known to create anxiety as a side effect but any decision to refrain from these should first be discussed with an individual’s GP.
It is now widely believed though that life experiences such as isolated traumatic events, and long term exposure to abuse, violence, drugs or poverty are at the core of anxiety and panic attacks.
How many sessions will I require?
Everybody has different issues to be resolved and therefore no two clients will have the exact same outcomes. Generally though treatments will involve anywhere between 2-4 sessions with almost all clients reporting a vast improvement in their condition after just one visit!
So what’s the solution?
Through hypnotherapy offending triggers can be removed to enable the client to take back control of their life. We seek out and identify the root cause of the anxiety, and then change an individual’s perception of a past event. Once the emotion involved in these past experiences has been released the client is freed from the anxiety or panic. The emotion was the driving force for the fear and once the client understands this, the anxiety no longer has a driving force!
None of us were born with anxiety, panic, fears or phobias so: Anything that can be learned can be unlearned!