Today’s blog is written by Ryan Rivera, whose personal website, www.calmclinic.com offers a wide variety of articles and information for persons suffering from anxiety. Today, he offers his feelings on the effectiveness of hypnosis to aid in overcoming anxiety.
Taking Control of Your Thoughts: Hypnosis for Anxiety
Hypnotherapy is a growing treatment option in the world of mental health. While all therapies depend on the individual, and some benefit more from one method than another, the beauty of hypnotherapy is that by adding the element of hypnosis to other strategies such as cognitive-behavioral, ego state, gestalt, and client centered therapy – it becomes the perfect choice for mental health issues.
This may be especially true of those living with anxiety. Anxiety itself is a problem of cognition. Anxiety manifests when a person’s thoughts appear to be illogical or more negative than the situation calls for. The difficulty with traditional therapies is that while these thoughts are often conscious, the needs and emotions driving the thoughts are not, and can only be fully addressed at the subconscious level.
Hypnotherapy specifically deals with these subconscious thought processes and emotions. It opens your mind so that your thoughts and emotions can be altered in a way that is psychologically healthier. That’s why hypnotherapy is so valuable for those with uncontrollable thought processes that feel completely natural, yet are very hard to control.
People who suffer with anxiety often have thoughts that are more negative than the situation calls for. For example, a person with anxiety may avoid going to a party because they tell themselves that no one will like them, they are not going to have a good time, or they will upset other people if they go, while a person without anxiety disorders may be giving themselves more realistic messages, such as that they can enjoy themselves with their friends. Hypnotherapy allows the person with anxiety disorder to address the needs behind the behavior and thought patterns, and choose new ways to meet those needs.
Hypnotherapy and Panic Disorder
Hypnotherapy may be especially valuable for those with panic attacks, because panic attacks are very often due to subconscious thoughts and emotions. Panic attacks are about responses. The body feels some type of sensation (like an increased heart rate), and the subconscious mind believes that something is seriously wrong. The subconscious mind then reacts to this belief by causing the panic response to perceived danger. These thoughts, behaviors, and responses are more accessible in a trance state, so this is here they can best be dealt with.
Dealing with subconscious processes through the conscious mind is difficult, but hypnotherapy can help a person to understand and address these thought processes on the subconscious level. You will learn skills to help you correct these thought processes, and to train your mind to respond in the way that you consciously desire. Hypnosis helps you to take control of your thoughts. When you imagine the calm and confident responses that you can now have, as opposed to the anxiety and panic inducing thoughts of the past, and you begin to understand the power of hypnosis to change your life.
Other Benefits of Hypnotherapy
Benefits of hypnosis include a more relaxed and calm approach to life, better problem solving skills, and increased happiness and peace in life. Better and more restful sleep, increased energy, and an overall improved outlook on life are also benefits. There are no known side effects.
If you would like more information about how hypnotherapy can help you deal with your anxiety, feel free to call Linda @ 616-550-3231. She will be happy to discuss your situation, and make a referral to a hypnotherapist in your area.
About the Author: Ryan Rivera is a hypnotherapy enthusiast, especially for anxiety. He has a website on living with anxiety and overcoming it at http://www.calmclinic.com.