Relieving psychological distress is like moving from night back into day.
Did you know… that clinical hypnosis and hypnotherapy are used to treat and help a variety of psychological disorders and behavioral conditions? Since hypnosis can create and greatly enhance the “relaxation response” or physiology of relaxation, it can be a most useful treatment for anxiety disorders, including panic attacks.
This is because anxiety is caused by arousal from the sympathetic nervous system to the point of “fight or flight response.” But, it is the nervous system’s counterpart, the parasympathetic nervous system that restores persons to “homeostasis” or back to equilibrium of normal well-being once the threat is gone or perceived as relieved. It is important to know that our mind can activate either the sympathetic arousal (fight or flight) or the parasympathetic response of relaxation and homeostasis. It is important to know because you cannot be anxious or aroused and relaxed at the same time. Anxiety and relaxation involve two distinctly different parts of your nervous system and distinctly different body chemistries accordingly. But this also means that the source of anxiety (sympathetic) and relaxation (homeostasis) are mediated by the same organ system: your mind, brain, and nervous system. Using clinical hypnosis you can become proficient in lessening anxiety and its associated triggers by replacing it with comfort, confidence, and relaxation.
Hypnosis has also been found helpful in treating depression as well as in promoting a regular positive mental attitude for greater confidence, comfort, and positive expectations. Hypnosis is very useful in unlearning phobias and relearning confidence and inner peace. Applications include overcoming fear of animals, objects, public speaking, and other “learned fears.”
Producing and achieving a mental and physical state of relaxation is one of the greatest benefits of clinical hypnosis. The landmark book by Harvard physician Herbert Benson, The Relaxation Responsedescribes the many benefits of relaxation, from regulating heart, pulse, digestion, breathing, and a mental state of relaxation. All of these benefits of the relaxation response are facilitated or improved by using hypnosis.
Remember, ALL hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Once you learn to do it, you have one of the most powerful tools for self-control.
You can use hypnosis to lessen or remove anxiety, correct and improve sleep, more rapidly relax, manage your stress response, remove mental blocks, guilt, undesired behaviors, to improve your mood, and to create positive changes… mentally and behaviorally.
A note from Dr. G. about stress: ‘Stress’ is often perceived as ‘out there’ in our in external environment, circumstances, and relationships. Even though the events in our life may be distressing, the actual ‘stress response’ or ‘Stress’ is our inner response and reaction to those events. Learning self-hypnosis gives you the ability to manage the emotional and physical responses within you (that may be first triggered by life events ‘out there’). This gives you control over the effect or way that those distressing events or stressors affect you.
And, as you may have discovered already, when you feel a greater sense of control, you experience less “stress.” This is yet another meaning for why I say, “Everything you need is already within you.”
Steven Gurgevich, Ph.D.
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