Anxiety: How Hypnotherapy Can Help
Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions within the United Kingdom. The reason that this particular disorder is so well defined within the mental health profession, is due to its range of disorders that come under the anxiety umbrella. Anxiety can also cover depression, agoraphobia, PTSD, OCD and a wide variety of conditions.
If you were to add all of the anxiety conditions together, you would find that nearly 3.5% of the population is directly affected. In the Wakefield area alone over 40,000 people reported to have depression or anxiety related disorders in 2013. This translates as over 800 separate hospital stays in the Wakefield alone. Another factor of anxieties success is that it is universal, and affects both sexes; the common age group to gain high levels of anxiety when they are in the middle of their lives, between the ages of 35 and 59. It can be one of the most debilitating conditions, as it restricts day-to-day activities. In fact, 20% of people who suffer from an anxiety related condition cannot successfully cope with their feelings and emotions in this state.
So, away with all the statistical doom and gloom, what can people do to help themselves if they find themselves suffering from an anxiety related condition?
There are many different treatments out there that can help you with anxiety. Hypnotherapy is becoming an increasingly recognised by the medical profession as a way of assisting with conditions such as anxiety.
What hypnotherapy does is allow you to experience deep relaxation. It induces a state which is designed to promote calm away from the hustle and bustle of the day. It relaxes you and allows you to imagine a more peaceful and calm scene such as a beach or a garden. The idea of this visualisation is to calm you down at your own pace, as the first step in approaching anxiety is to take away the stressful elements, and the physical symptoms. A hypnotherapist may introduce triggers (words, phrases, or specific movements) to allow you to remember the relaxed feeling after the session, and ultimately when you face the element which causes your own anxiety to do so in a more relaxed fashion. This allows the anxiety not to be so domineering and allows you to have the confidence to face your anxiety head on; whether it is going to see the dentist, or having that important conversation with boss, hypnotherapy takes the edge off giving control back to you.
There may be other techniques offered to you, for example, those people who suffer from phobias they may be asked to view it from a new perspective, i.e. a person who is afraid of spiders may be asked to consider what the spider thinks about when it sees a person. Imagination is a good tool in dispelling fear, as it is in the safety of your own mind and you have the possibility to consider alternative perspectives without exposing you directly to the source of the phobia in a safe fashion.
Hypnotherapy is a strong complementary therapy that has very good, safe and predictable results in reducing client's anxiety. It can work effectively with other treatments such as CBT and allows the client to receive relief from their anxieties through education and exploration of the self.
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About Brian Turner
I am Brian Turner and I am a therapist that combines therapies and techniques to promote an active well-being in all of my clients. I have had success with resolving unwanted habits, and thought patterns. If this article interests you or you have any questions why not contact me for further information or a free consultation.