Can Hypnosis help with Anxiety?
Anxiety can be experienced at different levels. It can be brought on by a fear of something that happened, or what we think happened and dread happening again. While most people will experience a relatively mild form of anxiety when facing a particularly stressful situation (such as an exam or presentation), anxiety disorders are very different. An anxiety disorder can disrupt the day-to-day life of an individual.
When a person suffers from an anxiety disorder, it can sometimes lead to them avoiding certain situations because they fear it may be a trigger. This can make regular life difficult, causing the individual to miss out on many opportunities. This constant fear can begin to affect their life, preventing them from achieving potential job promotions and developing personal relationships.
Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment in reducing feelings of anxiety. Hypnotherapy for anxiety aims to seek the root cause of the problem. It works to change the individual’s thoughts and feelings associated with it.
Hypnotherapy is becoming a more recognized method for reducing feelings of anxiety. Hypnotherapy for anxiety can help boost confidence and self-belief, while reducing feelings of fear and intense worry. It can help you develop the ability to access the calm state of mind needed to overcome the often-overwhelming emotions you are living with.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety also aims to access your unconscious. Using the power of suggestion, it works to promote positive change. These suggestions can be tailored to help you learn what triggers your anxiety and why, as well as changing the way you react towards them.
Hypnotherapy can begin to teach you how to regain a sense of control and normality. It can help you understand what triggers your anxiety and how to cope when you start to feel anxious.
In some cases you may be requested to get a Doctor's Referral before a trained and certified hypnotherapist will begin working with you as an adjunct to mainstream therapy to ensure something more serious is not in play.
If you feel you need help in this area, feel free to contact me to get questions answered and know that I work with people from all over the world using Skype for sessions.
Can Hypnosis help with insomnia?
In 1979, researchers from Guy's Hospital Medical School in London studied 18 patients who had suffered from insomnia for at least 3 months. They concluded that patients slept significantly longer with hypnosis alone than when they received a placebo. Also, significantly more patients had a normal night’s sleep when using self-hypnosis alone than when they received a placebo or Mogadon/Nitrazepam – a benzodiazepine drug.
In 1989, a Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania, Australia studied 45 subjects randomly assigned to one of three groups: hypnotic relaxation; stimulus control; and placebo. The data generated by the study suggested that only hypnosis was effective in helping the subjects go to sleep more quickly.
In 2006, researchers from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University studied 84 children and adolescents with sleep issues (such as insomnia, a delay in sleep onset, nighttime awakenings, and issues like pain that impedes sleep) who did hypnosis sessions and were taught self-hypnosis. 87% of the children reported that hypnosis had helped them either significantly improve or completely resolve their sleep problems.
Thank You HMI hypnosis.edu
November 26th, 2017
I think an article by Exploring the Mind at www.exploringthemind.com sums it up best. They wrote an article about a woman who had a tumor removed from her brain and how she recovered so fast that the doctors were surprised.
If you don’t know already, your unconscious mind is pretty much “at the helm” when it comes to creating your experiences and your reality.
Harvard neuroscientist Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn puts it best: “Top-down processes override sensory or bottom-up information. People think that sights, sounds, and touch from the outside world constitute reality. But the brain constructs what it perceives based on past experience.” Simply put your reality and the way you experience it is created by your brain and the unconscious. It’s what explains things like the placebo effect.
If the mind is so powerful to be able to act as an anesthetic during major surgeries… help patients heal faster, with less need for drugs… and able to shut down major areas of the brain at will… then the sky’s the limit when it comes to achieving your goals.
All it takes is giving yourself the right “programming” and overriding the beliefs that are creating limitation.
Only 8% of people who make New Year Resolutions succeed. One tool that can make it easier for people to keep and succeed with their resolutions is Hypnosis. Many people are using it to eliminate negative beliefs, create positive ones and increase motivation and succeed with their resolutions.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain.
It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behavior.” In fact, people experiencing hypnosis are usually aware of everything that is going on. Some examples of the spontaneous hypnotic state are similar to playing or listening to music, reading an enjoyable book or watching television. It is wildly popular with the general public for successful weight loss, quitting smoking and stress reduction.
The reason it’s so tough for people to keep their resolutions is that their subconscious programming sabotages them. Hypnosis can help you to change those negative beliefs to much more positive ones, so that it becomes easier to achieve your goals, whatever they might be.
Hypnosis for common medical issues
As more and more studies show that hypnosis helps patients with many common medical problems, interest in hypnotherapy for medical issues is greater than ever before.
The use of hypnosis for medical issues is not exactly new. Back in 1958, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognized that hypnosis is a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses and a valid medical procedure. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2003 that hypnosis “is increasingly being employed in mainstream medicine” and in 2012 that “scientific evidence is mounting that hypnosis can be effective in a variety of medical situations.”
A 2016 study done by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine confirms that hypnosis is indeed a real thing. The study was conducted with functional magnetic resonance imaging, a scanning method that measures blood flow in the brain. It found changes in activity in brain areas of hypnotized persons that are thought to be involved in focused attention, the monitoring and control of the body’s functioning, and the awareness and evaluation of a person’s internal and external environments.
Yet, hypnosis is still underutilized for medical issues. In 2016, Pierre-Yves Rodondi, a doctor at the University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the Lausanne University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, said: "If hypnosis were a medication it would already be in all hospitals, but it is an approach, and thus it must overcome cultural barriers."
adopted from my friend Bruce Bonnet
November 17th, 2017
People answer questions under hypnosis truthfully no more or less than they do when they are not under hypnosis. Hypnosis cannot compel people to do things they don't want to do, and it can't force them to be truthful either. Suggestions given during hypnosis can deliberately or inadvertently affect memories, and for this reason, hypnotically-assisted memory recall is not admissible in court in most countries. There is such a thing as Forensic Hypnosis, however that is used with the permission of court attorneys to help victims more clearly recall events of a crime against them. This practice is highly regulated and an individual must be court certified to practice it.
You cannot be compelled to tell your deep dark secrets either. You are in full control of everything you want to say and will only talk about those things that you think may pertain to the goals you intend to reach.
No…Hypnosis cannot make you do anything you would not already be inclined to do. As an extreme example: If it were suggested to you under hypnosis that you were to go rob a bank and then bring me all the money. Your basic concepts, your morals and values would reject the suggestions. However, if you were already predisposed to robbing banks you might go out and rob one, but you certainly would not bring me all the money you took.
In another example, years ago, I was doing a demonstration to show how powerful the subconscious mind is. I was in a room with several people, some of them were family. I had one of my family members stand up. They were put into a trance state and the suggestion was given that when they opened their eyes everyone in the room would be naked. Upon giving the direction to open their eyes, they began laughing and hiding their face. They asked why some of the people in the room had no clothes on. It was determined that they could only see people naked that were not part of the family. All family members in their eyes had on clothes.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis feels different for everyone. Some have described it as a state of deep relaxation, usually deeper than they have ever experienced in the past. Others have stated that they felt no different than normal. In my practice, no clients leave the office without knowing for a fact that they were put in a trance state as I use specific techniques to ensure they know they were hypnotized. Many people describe the sensations as like day dreaming. All of them express deep pleasure and even a feeling of pure bliss.
Imagine relaxing in a comfortable chair, laying back, eyes closed, breathing comfortably. You let all thoughts and worries simply melt away as you concentrate only on the sound of my voice. The more you listen to my voice the less you become concerned about anything else as the world seems to melt away. Your muscles relax in your entire body and the more relaxed you become the deeper you go into a relaxed state until your conscious mind simply drifts off and your subconscious mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestions that will bring about the changes you want and that are in your highest good. You hear every word I am saying and you are in control at all times as you relax deeply and give yourself this time to take back control of your life.
I work with many clients using Skype and Hangouts.
People can be anywhere in the country or even from anywhere around the world as long as they have a good internet connection and a webcam connected to Skype or Hangouts - Hypnosis works.
Can I get stuck in Hypnosis?
Again, this idea is a Hollywood creation to spark the imagination of its audiences. I saw this in the now cult comedy The Office where one of the characters went to a hypnotist and was hypnotized. While under hypnosis the Hypnotist dies. This scenario plays on the fears and lack of knowledge of the general public. In reality, if for some reason the Hypnotherapist were to leave the room and not come back the client would do one of two things: They would simply come out of trance and leave the room or they would fall asleep for a short time, wake up feeling refreshed and leave the room.
Most people spend a good part of their day in some form of trance and there have been occasions that I have had to count someone up from trance before working with them.
Occasionally you can find a report here or there online about some kids getting "stuck" in hypnosis. Usually this means that the hypnotist isn't skilled enough to bring the people back or the people are choosing to stay in this peaceful state of total relaxation longer then the hypnotist anticipated after trying to bring them up.
In any event, because hypnosis is a natural state, no one stays in trance for long.
Will I lose control under hypnosis?
I have had a couple of clients over the years delay coming to see me because of this exact fear. They were afraid of losing control. Of what, I never understood, but this is another Hollywood myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what's going on as long as you choose to. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep), and likely much more often than that. Studies have shown that the average person goes into a trance state an average of 7 times a day. If at any time you are in a trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can either shake yourself out of it or you can just count to yourself "1 - 2- 3" and open your eyes.
It is no different then being in a strong daydream.
So set your worries aside about losing control and get the help you need to make the changes in your life you want.
Ron Lake C.C.Ht.
I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Life Coach with a number of specialty certifications. I am constantly continuing my education and as I do so I want to share with anyone who is interested. .