Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
The experience of anxiety is a natural human protection mechanism and can prepare us for peak performance. However, when our normal response to situations has gone out of kilter, anxiety related feelings can be emotionally and socially crippling, potentially making our life a form of living hell.
Using Hypnotherapy in conjunction with techniques developed at Integrated Mind, I can stop this process and have you feeling calmer and more balanced. I have successfully treated and helped many people with this debilitating condition. I can help dissolve many of those unhealthy thought patterns and belief systems, many of which are subconscious, that so often lead to anxiety. People generally are far stronger and more resourceful than they consciously realise, and through hypnosis those resources can be brought to conscious awareness to be utilised.
Anxious people have good imaginations and tend to spend lots of time projecting their imagination into the future. However, typically those projections are mostly negative, imagining all the things that can and will go wrong in the time to come. Taking past misfortune or mistakes and imagining more of that in the future too, all this creates a lot fear (anxiety) and a sense of lack of control about what may happen. Thoughts create feelings, and feelings create your reality.
FEAR is: False Evidence Appearing as Real.
It is not necessary to feel miserable all the time. Take the step and do something about your situation. If we want our life to change, first we must change something – by doing something different to what you have been doing – we get different results.
Conventional therapy is very effective, and far more effective than just taking anti-depressants alone. Hypnotherapy however, can take treatment to another level again, by resolving problems and reprogramming unhealthy thinking and beliefs at an unconscious level. This can happen relatively quickly and cheaply when compared to the years you could be in therapy.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a general term for a number of disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. Anxiety disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety can be troubling and unsettling, whereas severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, taking a serious toll on daily life.
Anxiety can be considered a problem if symptoms interfere with your ability to function normally. This is the case when reactions to situations are out of proportion to what might normally be expected. Anxiety is characterised by excessive worrying, confusion, apprehension, repetitive negative thinking and sense of helplessness. Elevated anxiety levels for extended periods of time can have a negative impact on our energy levels, overall health and relationships.
Types of Anxiety
As mentioned above anxiety is abroad term describing and spectrum of disorders, including those below:
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social phobia
- Panic disorder
A word about Anti-depressant medication
Many individuals suffering from anxiety, as with those with depressive symptoms, consult their doctor for help and end up on anti-depressants. Anti-depressants certainly have their place and can be useful in the short-term, however in the long-term they do nothing to address the underlying issues that created anxiety or depression in the first place. Realistically, no amount of medication can teach coping or problem-solving skills, or enhance one’s social skills – all factors in reducing anxiety and depression.
Western medicine dictates that depression is a neurochemical imbalance in the brain, and is correctable with the appropriate anti-depressant drug. However, while this statement seems to make sense, it is only partially accurate.
“People seem to lose sight of the fact that everything has a biochemical correlate, and that experience shapes biochemistry at least as much as biochemistry shapes experience.” (Yapco, 2001)
In other words, ‘your thinking affects your brain chemistry as much as your brain chemistry affects your thinking (and feeling)’. The process is a circular one, not one-way as we are lead to believe. When you change the way you think it will change the way you feel, when you feel differently you will behave differently, when you behave differently you will tend to think differently, and so on.
As with depression, anxiety can have a strong connection to your diet and lifestyle habits.
Diet has a powerful impact on our general sense of well-being, our mood, and the way we feel. We are what you eat, what have you been eating mostly? If your diet is poor, how do you expect to feel good?
Your body needs quality food in order to obtain or make the amino acids it needs in order for your brain to be in balance. From these amino acids your body makes neurotransmitters such a serotonin – our own feel good chemical and several other neurotransmitters that keep our body and mood stable and happy. Julia Ross, who wrote the books ‘The Diet Cure’ and ‘The Mood Cure’, sates that, most people on a standard western diet, despite having an abundance of food available to them, are chronically nutritionally malnourished, causing all manner of physical and mental problems (Ross, 2012). For more information about health and diet see our ‘Wellbeing’ page.
Ross. J. (2012). The Diet Cure, Penguin Books, New York.
Ross. J. (2003) The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions, Penguin Books, New York.
Yapco, M. (2001). Treating Depression with Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches, Routledge, New York.
I am not a trained medical doctor, therefore the content above should not be taken as medical advice. The opinions expressed are my own, gained from years of reading and professional experience on these matters, and as such are presented for informational purposes only.