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Hypnotherapy in The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety occurs in modern societies in almost epidemic numbers. One of the great problems in addressing this is that many of the stressors we encounter in everyday life realistically either cannot be removed, or would require making major, often unacceptable, changes in our lifestyle.

An example of this is worrying about losing our jobs to automation. For so many of us, the risk is real, but often there is little we can do to reduce this risk.

So, we struggle on, but with that nagging fear in our minds. But as we’re constantly bombarded by negative stories via the evening news and social media, our anxiety levels rise, until it finally manifests, perhaps as insomnia, hair pulling or horrible pains in our chest or stomach.

So, the first question that arises is, if we cannot remove the stressors, can we do something about the terrible symptoms of anxiety?

The answer is definitely  yes.

We can see the doctor and get a prescription. there are effective drugs,  but they all carry the risks of side effects and, in some cases, addiction. Also, there is evidence that some of the drugs used to treat anxiety can negatively effect our mental and physical performance.

There is growing evidence that exercise and dietary improvements help reduce anxiety symptoms. A major benefit of using exercise and diet, is that while, helping to reduce the anxiety, they also provide major benefits to our overall health, fitness and risk of acquiring degenerative diseases.

But what if they’re not enough to get the job done? Or, what if the sufferers circumstances limit the use of these approaches?

Hypnotherapy is a proven, side effect free way of treating anxiety. And when delivered by a skilled therapist, it has an extremely high success rate.

A second, and equally important question related to anxiety is, why do some experiences or circumstances causes some people to experience debilitating anxiety while others remain unaffected.

One major reason for this is that a situation or experience often triggers anxiety because it relates to an earlier life experience. Such experiences may be recent or may have occurred long ago, even in childhood. The sufferer may have completely forgotten about an early life event, yet it may be profoundly affecting his or her life.

This is what makes hypnotherapy such a useful tool in treating this condition. A Hypnotherapist can use a technique called Age Regression to resolve that early event. Often, this alone is enough to bring the anxiety levels down.

The therapist doesn’t need to even know what the event causing all the problems actually was. This is because the event is doing its harm at the subconscious level, (which is why the sufferer often has no recollection of the event), and that is precisely where hypnosis operates.

Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment modality for anxiety, and, best of all, it is side effect free.

 

 

 

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Hypnosis and Social Anxiety

In a randomized controlled trial testing the use of hypnosis as a sole treatment for social phobia. In early attempts to view the potential of hypnosis to treat social anxiety, Stanton [65] randomized 60 adults seeking help for handling their anxiety.168815300_m

Anxiety levels were assessed by the Willoughby Questionnaire. The author compared a hypnotic procedure consisting of positive suggestions and mental imagery to another group that listened to quiet music (movements from Mozart symphonies) and to a control group. Both experimental groups met in their respective groups for 30 minutes for three weeks. At the end of treatment, both experimental groups experienced a significant reduction in their anxiety, whereas the control group saw minor changes in their anxiety levels.

Moreover, the reduction for the hypnosis group was larger. Finally, the therapeutic gains were maintained for the hypnosis group only at six month follow-ups.

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Hypnotherapy and Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety is a strong fear of being in a situation with other people where we might be judged by them and or become acutely embarrassed.This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things.

Everyone has felt anxious or embarrassed at one time or another. For example, meeting new people or giving a public speech can make anyone nervous.

But people with social anxiety worry about these and other things for weeks before they happen. People with social anxiety are afraid of doing common things in front of other people. For example, just walking into a room where a crowd is gathered can be a truly terrifying experience for those suffering from Social Anxiety and may result in physical symptoms such as shaking, a feeling of weakness at the knees or sweaty palms.

Hypnotherapy is a highly effective way of addressing Social Anxiety and almost always clears the problem up in a few sessions.

Almost all anxieties and phobias have underlying causes, many of which lie in our past experiences. Often they’re a consequence of the subconcious taking what it thinks are logical steps to protect us from repeating a situation that has caused us distress in the past.

Using hypnosis I work directly with the subconscious to develop new, more effective and useful strategies for it to keep you safe, and the symptoms and feelings of anxiety usually disappear quite quickly.

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