Many of us will experience anxiety at some stage in our lives, but for some it can become all-consuming, affecting them on a daily basis. Anxiety and stress-related conditions are the most common forms of psychological disorders, with an estimated 5% of people suffering from acute versions. Panic attacks can be an extremely distressing part of some conditions, affecting those who suffer at any time, often when least expected. The result can be debilitating, leaving many frightened to leave the house in fear of when they will experience their next attack.
Anxiety can be effectively remedied by hypnotherapy, with treatment showing high levels of success in patients. The condition can be triggered by a past incident, perhaps forgotten, which hypnosis can reveal, and treatment can retrain the mind and behaviour.
Many may be deterred by representations of hypnosis in the media, those of stage hypnotists seemingly being able to control participants and lulled into performing all manner of weird and wonderful tasks. Contrary to these images, hypnosis does not result in patients losing control or being unconscious in any shape or form.
Those undergoing hypnosis are simply induced into a deep state during which they often find themselves more alert than usual. They are able to fully converse with their hypnotherapist throughout the session and recall the entire experience afterwards.
There are two forms of therapy that can be used, suggestion and regression.
Suggestion works by allowing the therapist to suggest positive thoughts to overcome many conditions, fine tuning our thought processes to combat fears or phobias we may have developed. It can help people to alter both their thought and their feelings, and for this reason can be particularly successful in reducing pain.
Regression therapy goes deeper, using the relaxed state of the patient to get to the core of the problem, exploring its roots. Their condition today may well have stemmed from a trauma in the past, often forgotten or repressed. By revealing what has triggered the issue, it can then be treated successfully.
The number of sessions needed depend on each specific case, and no two people are the same. How quickly you respond to hypnotherapy will play a large part in how long treatment will need to continue. Generally, therapists will recommend three sessions to start, but those who are particularly receptive to treatment may find they don’t even need all three.
For the vast majority of patients, results are permanent, and anxiety issues are alleviated long term.