Hypnosis for Anxiety
Almost 1 in 10 people in America have an anxiety disorder. Left untreated, it can become more intense and even more disruptive to a person’s life. There are four basic types of anxiety disorders.
3 to 6 million people in America suffer from panic disorders, with approximately two thirds of them being women. Although it can begin at any age, it usually first begins when people are young adults. Most panic disorders include agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces, but the underlying fear is of panic attacks. Because of the number of people who have agoraphobia it is sometimes considered a separate anxiety disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):
3 to 4% of Americans suffer from GAD. They are filled with constant worry, and experience an elevated level of tension which is not in keeping with the actual conditions in their life. They have trouble sleeping, and have difficulty relaxing. They can be suddenly startled very easily. They have trouble concentrating and often feel tired. GAD can begin as early as childhood; and symptoms can sometimes begin to diminish with age.
About 2% of the general population suffers from an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Of these cases, about one third begins in childhood. People with OCD are obsessed with uncontrollable, often anxious thoughts and/or compulsions manifested in repeated ritual behaviors. A person is considered to have a serious OCD if their compulsive behaviors take so much time and cause such distress that they interfere with their daily life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is precipitated by a terrifying event, which results in the person having persistent very frightening thoughts and memories. Though research has recently shown that women may be more prone to PTSD than men, any one who experiences an extremely traumatic event in their life may be subject to PTSD. In fact, it is estimated that up to 4% of Americans will experience PTSD sometime in their lives. Even though symptoms typically appear within three months of the traumatic event, they can also appear years after the event.
Once the causes of the anxiety are found, desensitization can be employed to undermine the cause of the anxiety. Exposure to the fear-generating event through hypnotherapy will result in both the subconscious and conscious mind being able to deal with it without undue paralyzing anxiety reactions. Through hypnosis people are able to uncover and then face past traumatic experiences and end any negative effects coming from them, so that they can then lead a full, normal life.