The rise in the number of people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression over recent years, combined with the increase in the number of doctors prescribing anti-depressant medication, has led to many sufferers looking for alternative ways of coping.
Worryingly, one in six adults was prescribed antidepressants in 2017 – nearly half a million more than in 2015*.
So what can hypnotherapy offer you if you find yourself suffering from anxiety? And how can you go about making a lasting change to your health? Firstly, let’s further explore the nature of anxiety.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is what happens when we feels tense, worried or afraid. It might be about something that’s about to happen. Or it might be about something we worry could happen in the future.
Anxiety is a normal and natural human response. However, left unchecked, it can have increasingly negative physical and psychological effects, such as panic attacks, that adversely affect the sufferer’s day to day living.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
Most often, anxiety sufferers Feel nervous, restless or tense for no apparent reason. They have a sense of impending danger and think that something bad is about to happen.They have trouble concentrating on anything, or even thinking about anything other than their worry. The heart rate increases, palms become sweaty or clammy, and breathing is faster than normal and sometimes irregular. If unchecked, anxiety can spiral and become a panic attack. Many anxiety sufferers experience panic attacks, and start to avoid being in situations where they might become anxious. This can lead to them staying at home, stopping normal daily activities and socialising which in turn can lead to isolation and depression.
How can hypnotherapy help my anxiety?
Hypnotherapy helps to treat the root cause of anxiety, working to change the individual’s thoughts and feelings associated with anxiety.
And because hypnotherapy helps the client experience often quite deep levels of relaxation, it can be very effective at relieving levels of stress and anxiety.
Plus the evidence supports it, with a recent analysis showing that hypnosis can reduce anxiety of cancer patients, especially for paediatric cancer patients who experience procedure-related stress. Interestingly, the analysis found that hypnosis delivered by a therapist was significantly more effective than self-hypnosis**.