Ease away from anxiety and into happiness with hypnotherapy

Occasional anxiety is an expected and normal part of every day and daily life. Everyone, at some point in their lives, will experience anxiety; when making an important decision, moving house, planning a wedding, changing jobs, taking exams, and so on.

Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion. Anxiety stems from the days when our ancestors had to ward off predators in the wild. Our biological fight/flight response was triggered, causing increased alertness and a rapid heart rate, etc in order to enable us to survive.

Our 'threats' today are no longer wild animals; instead have been replaced by money, health, relationship, and career worries - namely stress-related issues. Although we all experience stress, some people do suffer from anxiety disorders, where the anxiety suffered is disproportionate to the perceived 'threat' such as money, health, family worries, and so on.

In the United States of America, 40 million people suffer from anxiety, and it is the most common form of mental illness. However, only 36% of people suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment.

In the United Kingdom, six million people suffer from anxiety and depression. It is the most common mental disorder in the UK, and one in six young people/teenagers suffer from depression and anxiety. That is five people in every school classroom.

Worldwide, 40% of disability is due to anxiety and depression. With so many people suffering in the UK, USA, and around the globe, it is staggering that more is not being done to help those people suffering with anxiety disorders.

What can we do to help?

Hypnotherapy can help. Let’s find out how.

What is an anxiety disorder?

There are many different types of anxiety and forms as shown in the list below (this list is not exhaustive).

Types of anxiety:

  • generalised anxiety disorder
  • panic disorder
  • specific phobia
  • agoraphobia
  • selective mutism
  • social anxiety disorder
  • separation anxiety disorder
  • substance-induced anxiety disorder

If untreated or without the right support, anxiety and depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and suicide. If you are feeling suicidal, please consult your GP and get help as soon as possible.

From the list above, it is clear that there are many forms of anxiety. However, it is extremely important to remember that all are treatable.

How can hypnotherapy help with anxiety?

Good question!

It is possible, with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist, to move easily away from anxiety and depression, and into happiness and feeling good about life!

Hypnotherapy is a technique used to assist a person in an altered state of consciousness, known as a trance. While in a hypnotic state, a person is deeply relaxed, keenly focused, and highly open to change. Change occurs along neural pathways in the brain. Brain patterns are reprogrammed, and as a result the person overcomes limiting behaviours, changes their thoughts, emotions, mindset, and ultimately their behaviour.

A hypnotherapy appointment can vary from person to person. Many people have reservations about hypnotherapy, fearing that they will lose control of their thoughts and actions. Please note - hypnotherapy cannot make you act against your will. Instead, hypnotherapy positively helps people build self-awareness, confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth, and it allows the person to overcome unwanted actions, patterns, and behaviours.

Mental health professionals also attest to the success of using hypnosis in treating the consequences of traumatic exposure, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that's triggered by either experiencing or seeing a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as excessive thinking about the event. Many people who experience a terrifying event have a difficult time coping for a while, but they may not have PTSD.

Hypnotherapy can help all of these issues and more. Hypnotherapy is used in the treatment of anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression, as well as other issues such as drug and alcohol addiction.

Please remember that you are not alone. Help is available.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Rebecca Jones, M.A. (DipPCH) (GHR, GHSC) GQHP (MAC)
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Rebecca Jones (M.A.DipPCH) is a clinical hypnotherapist with a thriving practice in Harley St. London and a clinic on Deansgate in Manchester. Rebecca is currently working in Florida USA where she will be a hypnotherapy trainer and coach for Dr. Richard Bandler's organisation. She will return to her hypnotherapy clinic in the UK next month.

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