Hypnotherapy for anxiety stress panic disorders

According to the Anxiety and Depression Disorder Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)

They are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

What are the causes of anxiety?

Anxiety is defined as an overestimate of risk in a given situation, and an underestimation of one’s own abilities to cope with it.

A fear response to a triggering event such as fear of others’ judgment, fear of a disaster, fear of future predictions, can range from a slight feeling of stress to panic behavior in the case extreme.

How does stress cause panic attacks?

The reaction of an anxious person intensifies gradually. Without treatment, the symptoms of anxiety increase to result in a panic disorder.

Other fears can develop and crystallize around the problem of origin, and generate phobias or intensify existing phobias.

In summary

A situation, a triggering factor generates unhelpful thoughts that produce unhelpful emotions and lead to unhelpful behaviors …: this is the vicious circle of anxiety. As we have already said, victims of anxiety often misinterpret future events, while underestimating their ability to cope with them.

1. A triggering factor

For example, your boss informs you that he wants to deliver an important project for Wednesday. Several stressful thoughts can follow one another:

  • ” I don’t have enough time! “
  • “If I mess up, I could get fired! “

2. Scary thoughts

These frightening thoughts drive your thousands-of-years-old body system to react to the threat; it prepares to fight or flee to feel safe. Adrenaline invades the body, and makes you breathe faster to bring more oxygen for the next effort.

3. Physical signs

You notice these physical changes, but rather than stop there, you think: “It’s not normal, my heart is pounding – and I’m gasping for breath. It’s a heart attack!”

So you sit down, and with this new thought, your heart and your breathing speed up and you panic.

4. Hyperventilation

Hyperventilation lowers the level of carbon dioxide in the blood, causing vertigo. Now you are really frightened and grab your chair thinking, “There, it’s true, I feel dizzy, I’m going to faint!” …etc.

How can the vicious circle of anxiety be broken?

Learn to think differently

It is quite possible to break this vicious circle, through learning:

  • to identify automatic thoughts, our negative beliefs about ourselves;
  • to turn these unhelpful thoughts into useful thoughts;
  • to react in a more appropriate way;
  • to stay relaxed in a stressful situation;
  • to take more distance from our thoughts to no longer brood (especially at night!);
  • to accept our emotions so we do not have to spend our life fighting them;

This cognitive work added to a behavioral work, to adapt one’s actions, finally break the vicious circle.

In our example, when the boss wants to finish the project for Wednesday, you can learn to think realistically: “He’s a reasonable guy, he wouldn’t have given me a project that I am unable to assume and, anyway, I always finish my projects on time. I can do it. “

Change your beliefs with hypnotherapy

This cognitive work can go further and change one’s deepest beliefs.

For example, “I’m not good enough” can create mistaken assumptions like “If I mess up, I’ll get fired”. Victims of anxiety also tend to seek safety by avoiding the thing they are afraid of … which fuels their anxiety!

Hypnosis is an important tool in this work, to strengthen the ego, reduce anxiety, learn relaxation, and anchor beliefs more useful in the unconscious, to bring real and beneficial change.

An important part of the treatment is systematic desensitization. Hypnosis is very beneficial here to condition the mind and body to cope with a real situation.

Hypnotherapy can overcome negative emotions and evaluate events in a non-critical way. It frees the body and mind from the feeling of fear.

Testimonial

  • "When I came to see Deborah for my panic attacks, I had tried everything.  I was afraid to take a train, get on a plane, go to a shopping mall, get in an elevator, go to a cinema, and more and more I just wanted to stay home and not go out.  I was just barely able to go to my job.  I was desperate to get my life back. From the very first hypnotherapy session I felt better, and after the second I went for a whole week without a single panic attack.  After four sessions I took a flight home for a holiday with no problem!”

    Mohamed H.