If there was ever an age of anxiety, ours would be it. All of us experience mild anxiety, regularly, but for some, anxiety escalates to forebodings of disaster and even into full-blown, debilitating panic attacks. There are some for whom anxiety develops progressively over time; for others, it attacks suddenly. The discomfort is often compounded by fear of experiencing the anxiety or panic, itself. Surprisingly, very little has been written about this important subject in books about hypnosis. Many Hypnotherapists won't even touch the problems of anxiety and panic attacks. This is an important and regrettable omission. Hypnotherapy can be a powerful ally in helping people to develop a sense of power and confidence, in spite of the normal anxieties that are a normal part of daily living.
Causes of Anxiety and Panic
Extreme anxiety and full-fledged panic attacks can be triggered by single events or a series of events. They can arise out of ones own experience or from the experience of others. Some years ago, while in a Paris Subway, I experienced a sudden onset of panic that made it impossible for me to travel on the Underground. This effects lasted for about several years, in that it extended itself to panic in underground parking lots, elevators, or any enclosed space. At the time I was bewildered as to what in the world could have caused this panic. I did notice that after many years, the symptoms did lesses but they were still there. Later on, I discovered that my panic came from a combination of my own experience and experiences of another family member who was severely claustrophobic. After completing my training to become a Hypnotherapist, I dealt with the issue guided by a fellow Graduate. Anxiety and panic can be triggered by accidents, illnesses or the deaths of friends or family members--incidents that suddenly thrust people before their own contingency.
For some individuals, anxiety attacks, such as the ones I suffered, have a sudden onset and may leave as mysteriously as they began. In severe cases of anxiety or panic--those that don?t go away--symptoms are readily apparent, while the true causes remain unknown. There appears to be no particular incident or condition to cause the panic attacks; therefore, the cause, hidden from the person, remains a threat because it is unresolved. The fear response occurs when there is, seemingly, nothing to fear; in fact, soon, ones panic is over the fear of the panic returning.
What Is A Panic Attack?
A panic attack is a condition of adrenaline being released into your bloodstream. A message of fear sends a signal to the adrenal glands that there is an emergency.
The adrenal glands are pea-sized organs that sit on top of your kidneys. They are filled with adrenaline that, when released into your body, gives you heightened abilities to respond to emergency situations. This emergency response causes physical symptoms that many people misinterpret as a heart attack or other serious physical conditions. Misinterpreting these symptoms can cause the fear response to continue.
Some panic attacks are triggered by seemingly innocuous incidents that symbolize some event or condition earlier in the person's life. A carpenter became anxious and even panicked whenever he had to go near a roof--a detrimental issue for a homebuilder. Regressing him to the source, he recalled that he had been working on a roof a few years earlier and had slipped. Although he quickly caught himself and his conscious mind shrugged off the incident as unimportant, his subnconscious imprint remained, leading to his fear of falling. Once he was aware that his anxiety came from such a simple incident, his panic disappeared, altogether.
The Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is effective in helping people with either mild or severe cases of anxiety such as OCD. In mild cases, simple redirecting thought patterns can give people relief. In more severe cases, it is necessary to discover the source of the anxiety before any reprogramming can be fully effective.
Hypnotic suggestions replace catastrophic thoughts or over-anxiousness with truthful statements about the nature of the symptoms and the realization that physical sensations can cause no harm. Hypnosis can slow the heartbeat, create a sense of balance and relaxation through deep breathing, free the throat to swallow, overcome sensations of temperature changes and stomach upsets, and promote clear-headedness.
Hypnotherapy is frequently an important adjunct to counseling. Some counseling techniques use de-sensitization procedures to help the client eliminate anxiety by gradually helping them face and deal with experiences without apprehension. Using hypnosis at the subconscious level of the mind, from which the anxiety is arising, can accelerate this process, considerably. The client most often experiences their anxiety leaving them, and doing so naturally without much conscious effort on his or her part.
Whether in the recent past as a Post Traumatic Stress event or in the distant past, some events leave negative psychological imprints. Sometimes they are forgotten or unrecognized for the detrimental effect they produce. Such negative imprints can be left by traumatic incidents, or by minor events that were misunderstood when they occurred. Anxiety is a SYMPTOM OF AN EMOTION that is stored in the subconscious part of the mind. And whatever the event that caused the emotion (or emotions as there can be more than one) it compromised your self esteem. The Subconscious mind is the storehouse of ALL emotional memories, which form one's values, morals and beliefs about him/herself and his/her world. They are emotions that are experienced as a very young child that became imprinted subconsciously. The subconscious mind has one job only - and that is to protect the person around that feeling(s). It does not rationalize as to whether this protection is good for the person or not. And that is because it cannot tell the difference. If you feel it, it protects you.
Hypnotic procedures can seek out these causal events involved in the initial development or onset of the problem. Age-regression is one of the most beneficial techniques available to people who suffer anxiety because it can be so effective in uncovering causes. Hypnotic procedures using age regression simply help the client to go back in their memory to the time and place where a problem originated. In the case of anxiety or panic attacks, this can be something that occurred only a few weeks prior to coming for assistance or it can be in childhood. For some, it can go back even further in their existence.
My clients continued to benefit from the use of several hypnotic techniques that helped them explore their past and the causes of their present anxiety and panic. Their anxiety was dramatically alleviated and, much to their relief, they have been able to return to their work and personal relationships with confidence.
Clients who have used my services for anxiety experienced the following issues (directly related to their anxiety):
* Irritible Bowel Syndrome
* Over Active Bladder
* Cronic Fatigue
* Severe Blushing
* Fear of Public Speaking
* Sleep Disorders