When we believe that something may be a threat, our bodies respond by releasing adrenaline and other stress inducing chemicals, which help us to prepare for and deal with the perceived threat. This is a useful response if we are actually faced with a real threat or danger and a certain amount of anxiety is normal; it helps us to remain focused and safe. However, if we start to experience anxiety too often and in situations where the anxiety response isn’t needed, it can begin to have a negative impact on life.
What is Anxiety?
Most of us have experienced feeling anxious at some point in our lives and to a certain extent, some anxiety is actually normally, particularly when we are facing a stressful situation. It is almost always about the future, usually because we don’t know the outcome of a particular event or situation. Anxiety can occur at different levels and whilst many people will experience a mild period of anxiousness at times, some people are affected by an anxiety disorder, which is a more intense form of anxiety and can affect the daily life of the person who experiences it.
Someone who is suffering from an anxiety disorder may avoid certain situations because they are afraid that it will trigger their anxious feelings. If left to develop, the ongoing anxiety can turn into constant fear and this fear not only interferes with every day life, but can also prevent a person from achieving their true potential. Some examples include: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. Other related conditions include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Hypnotherapy is becoming more widely accepted as a method to help people overcome or reduce anxiety. Anxiety hypnotherapy can enable you to access a hypnotic trance state where your subconscious mind is more receptive to suggestion and positive change. The aim of hypnotherapy is to reduce the anxious feelings by developing a calmer state of mind in which you can think more clearly and begin to overcome the negative thought patterns and feelings. A variety of techniques may be used within hypnotherapy sessions including suggestion therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (HypnoCBT) and mindfulness. Hypnotic regression or Hypnoanalysis may also be used to discover the root cause of the anxiety and develop new ways to cope when you start to become anxious.
The exact methods and techniques used and number of sessions required will vary from person to person, because everyone is different and people respond differently to therapy. However, if you are considering anxiety hypnotherapy or talking therapy, it’s important to choose a therapist who is qualified and experienced to help you. For more information read Choosing a Hypnotherapist.
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