We are all familiar with the emotional surge of worry and uneasiness that comes with the uncertainty of the unknown, as we realise that the chance of a negative outcome is just as great as that of a positive one – anxiety. And while it is quite normal and natural especially when the stakes are high, anxiety is a major concern when it becomes excessive.
Strong feelings of tension, worry and fear that interfere even with daily and mundane activities (especially social interactions) is a chronic mental condition simply known as “anxiety.” Identifying the distinction between healthy feelings of anxiety and an anxiety disorder is key to dealing with it.
Complex Problem, Simple Solution
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from anxiety, and the numbers are rapidly and steadily rising. In fact, studies have proven anxiety to be the world’s most prevalent mental health disorder. And while anxiety disorders are highly treatable, the vast majority of sufferers never receive appropriate or effective treatment.
Several treatments exist, but many are speculative, most times addressing the symptoms rather than the root cause. Hypnotherapy seeks to unseat the very foundation of the disorder.
Life events, upbringing and personality all contribute to anxiety disorders, but genetics are also a major risk factor. Whatever the root cause, hypnotherapy has proven to be an effective, safe and reliable treatment for anxiety.
Though many people still aren’t aware of the effectiveness of hypnosis for alleviating anxiety, scientists are discovering, progressively more, the potency of hypnosis treatments for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Hypnosis is a deep and relaxed state. In this place of relaxation, the anxious brain can be reprogrammed to accommodate healthy thoughts and desires. Hopes, dreams and aspirations are rekindled and the individual finds new meaning in living. The professional hypnotherapist is only there to guide and not to control or influence the process in any way.
Mental health experts have discovered that anxiety patients undergoing hypnotherapy display greater focus, reduced self-consciousness and more emotional and physical control.
Depending on the type of anxiety or phobia, the hypnotherapist may apply a “posthypnotic suggestion” during the hypnosis session. This is the suggestion of the desired outcome to the subconscious mind. In that relaxed state, the mind can visualise this picture without initiating anxiety symptoms like shortness of breath, muscular tension, stomach upset, spiked heart rate or irritability.
Beyond doubt, hypnotherapy is an ideal treatment for anxiety disorders, giving sufferers a new lease on life, without the complexities, risk of addiction and side effects of medication. So long as you are working with a qualified practitioner with sound experience in hypnotherapy, you have nothing to worry about. Rather, you have everything to look forward to – a life free of anxiety.