How curative hypnotherapy can help with stress, anxiety, panic attacks and depression
31st December, 20160 Comments
Generally speaking, stress is a precursor to anxiety and, in turn, anxiety is a precursor to depression. If you are someone whom is subjected to stress and are unable to release that stress, you carry around a constant worry, which can become ingrained as anxiety.
Anxiety sufferers can also experience sudden surges of overwhelming anxiety and fear, which are referred to as panic attacks. If the cause of this anxiety is not located and removed, it is quite possible the sufferer will develop a persistent sadness, low mood and apathy that can affect their feeling, thoughts, behaviour and well-being, a depression in other words. Depression is a common ailment that has a huge impact, not only, on the life of the sufferer, but that of their immediate family and friends.
Stress is defined as: A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
Anxiety is defined as: A feeling of nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
Panic attack is defined as: A sudden overwhelming feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.
Depression is defined as: Feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
The following statistics published on 10th May 2016 by ICM Research on behalf of Aviva UK Health, reports:
- 12 million UK adults suffered from stress, anxiety or depression in the past year and did not seek help.
- A third of UK Adults (33%) have suffered stress in the past year with 29% experiencing anxiety and 23% suffering from depression.
- Money worries are the main cause of anxiety and depression, but the top cause of depression for 18 -24 year olds is poor body image!
- 55% of those people experiencing stress did not seek support, with 48% of anxiety sufferers not seeking help and 29% of sufferers of depression didn’t seek support. Potentially indicating there is a stigma associated with mental health issues, which could be the reason people do not seek help. This is supported in the ICM research figures, where 32% of UK adults stated that they would be too embarrassed to say that they were suffering a mental health issue; this increases to 42% if a person has previously suffered mental health problems.
Mental health issues are not just a concern for the adult population, as the most recent information from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows: its latest report states that 10% of children between the ages of five to 16 years had a diagnosed mental disorder; an alarming percentage.
As individuals, we, each of us, have various levels of ability to cope with situations and circumstances surrounding our everyday lives, and, because of that individuality, there will be differing causes and reasons for every one individual’s stress, anxiety or depression; such as, money concerns, relationship issues, body image (previously mentioned), social pressures, work issues to name a few. Due to the stigma surrounding mental health, people often battle on without a word to anyone and suffer in silence.
As previously mentioned, a high percentage of adult sufferers do not seek support and may instead turn to self-medicating with alcohol or drugs, (smoking, pills or other substances) in an attempt, to alleviate or manage their symptoms. However, often alcohol and drugs make things worse and, on top of that, result in dependency for the sufferer and in doing so creating additional concerns (making things worse).
Mental health can be, and often is, as damaging as physical illnesses, land can be the leading cause. As I’ve seen many times in my practice, stress alone, has been the cause of such illnesses as obesity, depression, gastrointestinal problems (especially IBS - irritable bowel syndrome) and eczema; it is also known to be linked to heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and asthma, plus many more.
How can curative hypnotherapy help?
Curative hypnotherapy can discover, reinterpret and ultimately remove the root cause which differs from other modalities, by discovering and removing the root cause and not suppressing or managing the symptoms.
Curative hypnotherapy is an advanced therapy, quite unlike other forms of hypnotherapy, and shouldn't be confused with the likes of clinical, medical, solution-focused, analytical or cognitive, to name a few. These forms of hypnotherapy suppress or manage symptoms by overlaying them with suggestion, some looking at the 'what' (what the symptom is and what you would like changed), these can produce quick results, but seldom lasting changes; some that look at the 'when' (when your symptom started - trigger event, when it affects you and how it can be managed when it does) and focus on a troubling event and how it is still affecting you. Whereas curative hypnotherapy focuses on the 'why' (why a symptom has been created, why your experiences, thoughts, feelings or memories adversely affect you) and locates, identifies and subsequently corrects the misinformation gained; the why, the reason why the subconscious believes it is necessary for the symptom to exist and in correcting this misinformation the symptom is automatically disposed of.
If you would like to be rid of your stress, anxiety, panic attacks or depression and be the person you desire and deserve to be, contact a hypnotherapist.
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