Anxiety – A modern day Ailment
If you suffer from anxiety then you are not alone. Doctors surgeries around the country are filled with patients reporting symptoms such as chest pains, panic attacks, shortness of breath, body pain and fast heart rates. Often these patients are convinced that the are suffering from a serious illness and in some cases they have been known to end up at Accident and Emergency in their local hospitals convinced that they are having a heart attack or dying. After medical tests are conducted however it is more likely that these patients are found to have anxiety the scourge of modern day society.
The causes of anxiety can be complex but in general it can be attributed to either a sudden shock or extreme event or a sustained period of stress. Most anxiety sufferers say that before its onset they had normal lives, were never ill and were calm and tranquil people. After anxiety has been triggered however their lives are turned upside down and suddenly they become fearful and withdrawn. The human body is built to withstand a certain amount of stress however if this is excessive or prolonged then the fight or flight response kicks in and never fully fades even after the initial triggers have gone.
As NHS resources are limited doctors will in most cases prescribe medication to their patients in order to control their symptoms. This may reduce the problem but because medication does not address the root of the problem the anxiety may never fully disappear. Tablets can also be addictive and in some cases cause side effects which means that more and more anxiety sufferers are looking for a natural remedy. This is where treatments such as hypnotherapy can have a profound impact.
Self Hypnosis – How it can help
Hypnotherapy can be a great way to beat anxiety as it is allows people to enter into a really deep and concentrated state of relaxation which brings feelings of calm and tranquility. The hypnotherapist should be able to teach their clients how to achieve this state for themselves through self hypnosis as well as stress reducing techniques. Distraction techniques which allow the sufferer to become absorbed in another activity will also be beneficial. Through a combination of both techniques the anxiety should start to slowly become less extreme and eventually just fade away completely in as little as four or five sessions.