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Anxiety Relief With Hypnosis

man sitting on a couch looking worriesAnxiety is a common disorder that affects millions of people across the globe. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, affecting around 40 million Americans every year, anxiety is one of the leading causes that people feel mentally disturbed. But, what exactly is anxiety? And, how is it different from depression? Or, are the two same anyway? Since anxiety is a disorder, what are the treatment options available, or a better and more interesting question is if it is curable?

Let’s get started with understanding what anxiety is, what are the symptoms and then gradually understand what the treatment options are.

What is Anxiety?

In order to understand how anxiety can be cured or treated, it is crucial that we know what anxiety is.

Against the popular opinion, anxiety is not depression. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they are more or less different. Being anxious and being depressed are two different states of the body. Very vaguely, anxiety is how your body responds to the stress. It’s the constant fear or restlessness that you feel while something is about to happen.

 

It’s thinking about what will happen next and what if you are not able to handle that, or if you are not able to cope with what’s underway. While depression is constantly feeling sad, anxiety is constantly feeling worried. In a lot of cases, it is triggered by the lack of decision-making skills. Patients of anxiety often feel lack of decision-making skills, due to which they fear what will happen next.

Anxiety Attacks, Possible Causes and Symptoms

Anxiety is such a widespread disorder, but why is it that certain people fall prey to it and not all of us? Well, anxiety has a lot of causes. But primarily, researchers and scientists believe that anxiety is a result of a combination of several factors. These factors may be genetic or environmental factors, as well as brain chemistry.

Another school of thought believes that the patients of anxiety have some areas of the brain impacted, majorly those areas that are responsible for controlling fear. However, a key finding is that anxiety is more or less triggered by your past experiences and those are unique to a person. Thus, while one of your friends may be anxious all the time due to a bad childhood, you yourself could have gone through something else that ruined your mental and emotional health.

What are the symptoms of anxiety? How do you know that you are suffering from anxiety? Well, the most evident and common symptom is being fearful for what the future holds. It’s like living in a constant state of disturbance and fear of what’s going to happen next.

Patients of anxiety are less concerned about the present and they often end up ruining the present for what’s going to happen next.

Treatment for Anxiety

Now that we have established that anxiety is a disorder, it’s vital to look at how this disorder can be treated.

Living with anxiety is not easy. It can be a pain, feeling worried or disturbed all the time, it’s not at all easy. A lot of anxiety patients seek medical treatment. It’s popular opinion that maybe like other physical diseases, such mental disorders can also be cured through medication. Sadly, this is not true. Be it anxiety or depression, it’s crucial to understand what are the causes underneath. Why does your brain respond like that?

Talking about treatment options, lifestyle changes may be enough to cope with anxiety in some mild cases. For instance, if you feel anxious about exams, it helps to divert your brain with whatever relaxes you, you may even opt for meditation and convince yourself that you are prepared enough. Logical reasoning helps a lot sometimes, to discard baseless thoughts that develop into anxiety. For instance, if you have studied well, there is no chance that you’d flunk. It’s all about helping your brain understand that you are prepared enough. If you don’t have a lot of friends, you may try talking to your parents or teachers, and divert your brain, you’d feel less anxious then.

However, as the cases become moderate or severe, you may need to seek professional help from psychologists or therapists. This will help you lead a more manageable, less anxious day-to-day life. For severe cases, treatment for anxiety can primarily be classified into two categories: psychotherapy and medication.

Regular sessions with a psychotherapist or psychologist can help you learn tools to use and strategies to cope with anxiety when it occurs. This is a more long-term option because you learn the catch, you understand why you are feeling anxious, and what to do when you feel anxious. On the flip side, you can resort to medications that typically include antidepressants and sedatives.

These medicines balance brain chemistry, act towards preventing sudden occurrences of anxiety attacks, and help ease the symptoms instantly. But, they have lots of side effects sometimes. Psychotherapy or commonly referred to as sessions with a therapist can be a nice option in the long run especially if you don’t want to be heavily dosed with sedatives that suppress your brain’s activity.

Amongst these methods, we also have hypnotherapy. This is again a sort of therapy and you don’t need to consume any medicines. Over the years, it has emerged as a commonly used treatment for patients of anxiety.

Hypnosis as a Treatment for Anxiety

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is one amongst the popular treatment options for anxiety. Although it’s not as popular or well-known as psychotherapy, yes, it is being actively used to soothe the anxiety symptoms across the globe. A lot of people have misconceptions regarding what hypnosis is, or how it helps treat anxiety. Contrary to the popular opinion, hypnosis is not someone knocking you out of your senses and making you speak anything! Hypnotherapy is a vast field that involves a lot more than traveling into a different world altogether after looking into someone’s eyes.

Hypnotherapy is a Therapeutic Process

Hypnotherapy, as the name suggests, is a therapeutic process that helps you calm down, and relax. During a hypnosis session, you stop thinking about whatever is disturbing you and relax. You focus on the solution rather than the problem. This can be compared to how you are while you are sleeping, but here you are very focused and capable of responding to suggestions. Digging this further, hypnosis is a process that soothes your anxiety-ridden disturbed mind. You become more focused on your subconscious mind and move one step ahead from the problem and analyze it deeply. In fact, you are able to see where these disturbing thoughts are coming from!

Sometimes, the anxiety comes from repressed memories of the past. Sometimes, we keep living a bad experience with every passing day, we are just not able to move on from certain bad incidents. Hypnosis helps address these issues and understand that these issues don’t define us. Be it suppressed emotions, repressed memories, abuse that you suffered at some point of your life, or your hidden insecurities, hypnosis helps you connect with yourself in a better way and look inside you.

A hypnotherapy session helps relax, soothe and reprogram an anxious brain. And, the best part is that you are not alone! You have your guide – the practitioner with you. It is crucial to understand that they are not there to control your mind or thought process though. The hypnotherapist is there to help you relax and feel better about yourself, to calm you, primarily. A hypnotised brain has a better focus and less self-consciousness.
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Why Should You Use Hypnosis as a Treatment for Anxiety?

Hypnosis provides relief from anxiety – that’s true. But what’s about hypnosis that makes it a nice treatment option for anxiety? Well, the primary reason is that you don’t have to consume any sedatives, and it doesn’t have any side effects like anti-depressants. It doesn’t ruin your general health. This is probably the biggest pro. Apart from that, hypnosis calms your mind like nothing else. It blocks out all the other chaos temporarily, and helps you focus on yourself better. Thus, it’s just you and your thought process. Psychotherapy also helps achieve that but the focus isn’t that good there, because your mind is still filled with lots of side thoughts and you are not able to address those suppressed emotions bottled up inside you.

Hypnosis helps bring to light whatever you have hidden from your conscious minds – and that’s exactly what causes the anxiety. Once the trauma is revealed, psychotherapy can be used to address these issues. Thus, hypnosis is a very nice method of treating anxiety symptoms without any powerful sedatives and antidepressants. It has shown very good results for a lot of patients. Hypnosis can have a meditative impact on your brain. Pretty much like meditation does, hypnosis helps put your mind into a relaxed state so that you can better address your anxieties and phobias and understand what you are hiding from your conscious brain.

Anxiety is an extremely common disorder and it’s nothing to be afraid of or even ashamed of. If your mind is full of random thoughts all the time, or you are always worried about how things will turn out to be in the future, you shouldn’t dismiss this as your natural thought process. It’s not normal!

Seek help, you should seek help because all of us deserve to live a peaceful, healthy life – mentally as well as physically. Please don’t keep struggling with your thoughts alone, reach out to help, help is available.

And yes, anxiety is not something that you can’t do anything about. You can make your life better with professional help, all that you have to do is gather the courage to seek help by contacting us today.

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