Anxiety is such a common affliction among many people , and one of the most popular reasons why people seek anxiety hypnosis in Kent.
The cause of anxiety can be fairly complex or can be as a result of various conditions such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety and panic attacks caused by phobias such as agoraphobia, claustrophobia or any other phobia. These are all serious conditions that usually result in panic attacks, and physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating,trembling etc.
Short term anxiety can be caused by certain events that are occurring in a person’s life.
This could be anything such as a house move or a wedding ,divorce or a change of job or career.
Unlike depression which is where we often ruminate about the past, anxiety is when we project forward and worry about things that may occur in the future. Somebody that has a fear of flying and have a holiday booked may find that as the holiday approaches they start to become more and more anxious as the holiday gets nearer, by the time they are boarding the flight they feel as if they cannot breath, and are having a heart attack. Likewise an agoraphobic may start to have a panic attack as soon as they open their front door to leave the house.
In simple terms long term anxiety occurs when our fight or flight response is malfunctioning.
This could be due to a variety of reasons. We start to feel fear towards a person, object or thing, it could be your boss, a parent, or in the case of phobias you could fear doing certain things.
The fear of this person or thing activates the fight or flight response . The fear response comes from a trigger which has been set off in a small part of the brain called the amygdala. Something may have happened to you at one time which triggered a fear response. This activates the amygdala which is responsible for your fight or flight response, in other words, the part of your brain that keeps you safe. However when your amydala is triggering this fight or flight response when there is no danger, this is where the problem lies and this is where prolonged anxiety starts. A classic example of this is fear of flying. A person that has no fear of flying gets on a plane one day and experiences terrifying turbulence. Nothing happens , they land safely and the person goes on with their business,holiday or whatever they are doing. However , the next time they get on a plane , they start to sweat, shake, have chest pains etc, and start experiencing a panic attack. What has happened is that the amygdala has been triggered by the fear , and has made an association that aeroplanes are dangerous. So every time this person gets on a plane their fight or flight response is activated.
So you can see how anxiety can be created by just about any situation. Your boss acts in a threatening and aggressive manner, your fight or flight response is activated and every time you have to talk to your boss you become anxious, agitated, sweaty palms, heart racing etc.
The good news is that hypnotherapy is very effective in treating anxiety.* It is in itself a very relaxing therapy, but the best part is that people who are anxious are very capable of visualising the future in a negative light. In other words they are very good at ‘negative rehearsal’. So what does this mean? It means if they are capable of negative rehearsal they are equally capable of positive rehearsal which is very often a technique employed by hypnotherapists.
It is very important to teach anxious people breathing techniques to help calm, slow the heart rate and to manage carbon dioxide build up in the blood. Research shows that short shallow breathing when we become anxious results in carbon dioxide build up in the blood which leads to a person feeling like they are suffocating (1). This increases the symptoms of a panic attack and of course this feeling of suffocation only serves to increase the fear of another panic attack which is of course a perpetuating cycle. Correct breathing also stops the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
Anxiety hypnosis in Kent
When you come to us for anxiety hypnosis in Kent we take all of the above factors into consideration. In addition, breathing techniques along with calming techniques are taught to the clients as well as delivered under hypnosis. We will not only desensitise the amygdala to the fear response we will also teach the client how to manage and control their own responses.*
An important part of any kind of therapy is empowering the client to know they have control over their own responses.
Please note results may vary from person to person. There are never guarantees when undergoing any form of therapy and for this reason we do not offer any guarantees for any of our hypnotherapy services. *