Anxiety & OCD

Anxiety & OCD

We experience on different levels various levels of anxiety according to the fear of something that happened, or what we think or believe and dread it happening again to us. Most people will from time to time experience a level of anxiety in their lives according to the stressful situation they are subjected to. This can be writing your learners exam, going for your drivers test, writing exams each year or even giving presentations, anxiety disorders are very different as an episode of an anxiety disorder can disrupt the daily happening of an individual.

The individual suffering from anxiety disorder can take them onto the path of avoiding situations due to them fearing a possible idea they have that may occur, so to avoid the fear they will not go to a certain place so their fear is not triggered. When living like this it makes a person become powerless as they are on overdrive with their emotions, this impacts their everyday life as they may lose out on opportunities in business, relationships, networking or even finding their soul mate. This will certainly affect their advancement in their lives and achieving potential job promotions and develop their personal relationship with themselves and others.

Hypnotherapy may be a very solid and effective treatment in levitating and relieving feelings of anxiety. Hypnotherapy as always has a goal and that is to seek the root cause of the problem. It’s focus is working on changing the individual’s thoughts and feelings associated with the issue being addressed at its core.

Hypnotherapy and anxiety:

Hypnotherapy is steadily gaining the recognition it so rightfully deserves, it most certainly is becoming more recognised tool in reducing feelings of anxiety and a method in liberating one. Hypnotherapy for anxiety certainly has positive outcomes in boosting self confidence, self worth, self respect, valuing self and self-belief, while reducing feelings of fear, fear of fear and intense worry. It has the potential to assist you in further developing the ability to access the calm and even deeper calm states of mind which are important in overcoming the overwhelming emotions you live with.

Hypnotherapy for anxiety is focused on aiming in directly accessing your unconscious. As we know words are power and power is in words, the hypnotherapist utilises the power of suggestion, the reason for this is it works solely in promoting positive life giving changes. Hypnotherapy is not a formula alone, it has the flexibility and diversity to accommodate any situation or issue presented, a session is easily tailored to help you learn and overcome what the triggers of your anxiety are and why they affect you so, the bonus when working with hypnotherapy you change your reaction towards them.

Hypnotherapy will certainly allow you to understand yourself and your past better, it will teach you how to take control of your life and you begin your journey in regaining yourself sense of control and normality. It assists you have a better understanding as to the triggers of your anxiety, it will assist you in discovering the coping mechanisms best suited for you start to feel anxious.

Which hypnotherapist do I choose?

When you are ready and have decided this is the route to follow

  • the first port of call is to research what type of hypnotherapist are you looking for?
  • see if you gel with them?
  • do you feel comfortable?
  • are there references?
  • do they come highly recommended?
  • what do you wish to achieve from them?
  • are you prepared to work with them and committed to your sessions?
  • are you willing to allow yourself to go into hypnosis to reach that deep level of trance state so you are able to achieve your best?
  • do you feel you would like to achieve from hypnotherapy and why?
  • do they belong to a professional body

These are important questions to ask as each hypnotherapist may be best suited for you for a particular topic and not suited to another with the same topic.

What happens during a hypnotherapy session?

  • you will need to discuss with your hypnotherapist what your goal is and what you hope to achieve from hypnotherapy
  • they will ask you questions about your life, be honest as they are there to assist you
  • try and establish any triggers or causes for the way you feel
  • therapist will then explain how hypnosis for anxiety works
  • explanation of the process to you
  • view on what to expect
  • are you ready to take the next step

After your initial consultation:

  • you will helped in entering a relaxed state of mind
  • you will be asked to focus on a time the issue started
  • from there other avenues will be explored and the emotions pertaining to the situation and sensations
  • searching for the trigger
  • identifying the core
  • solution and other avenues to be explored will be unravelled
  • you will have a better idea and recognise these sensations
  • your hypnotherapist will offer a way forward through words and “suggestions”
  • words and suggestions will be determined on your personal situation
  • triggers may be utilised to strengthen you and elevate you

Types of anxiety:

  • anxiety is a normal part of life
  • it may be difficult in identifying if something is becoming a problem
  • if you are experiencing anxiety as strong feelings, lasting episodes, become overwhelmed, exhausted are associated to anxiety disorder
  • symptoms and problems associated with anxiety will differ
  • each individual reacts differently to the experience than another in the same situation
  • is dependent on the type and kind of problems you experience
  • you may be diagnosed with a more specific anxiety disorder

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • can interfere with daily life
  • individual spends over five months excessively worrying about other things unnecessary
  • sufferers feel as though there is cure / relief from the anxiety
  • sufferers may seriously worry about family, pets, eating, money and health
  • suffers often anticipate tragedy
  • worrying excessively about everyday problems

Panic disorder:

  • a panic attack does not always mean panic disorder
  • affects a large proportion of the population
  • characterised by feelings of terror
  • common symptom is panic attacks
  • constantly afraid often lead to panic attacks
  • diagnosed with panic disorder may often feel constantly afraid
  • fear can become a vicious cycle
  • is more common than generally recognised
  • terror will strike at any given time without warning

Social anxiety disorder:

  1. also known as social phobia

  2. extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations

  3. common signs - fear of being around and interacting with people and being judged negatively by others

Other forms of anxiety disorder include:

  • commonly grouped together obsession and compulsion
  • known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • OCD affects 3-5% of the population
  • listed amongst the top 10 most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation
  • affects loss of income and decreased quality of life
  • sufferers are good at concealing their condition
  • may be embarrassed to seek professional help
  • OCD consists of obsessions and compulsions

Obsessions:

  • can be intrusive and recurrent thoughts, ideas or impulses
  • cause extreme distress
  • fear things are not safe
  • having things in a particular order
  • nagging doubts
  • obsessing over germs and dirt
  • sexual thoughts
  • thoughts can be worrying, repulsive, obscene or blasphemous
  • thoughts often invade a sufferer’s consciousness
  • thoughts, ideas or impulses are not voluntary

if occur regularly and interfere with normal daily routines and relationships they are best to seek professional assistance and correct guidance

Compulsions:

  • are actions an individual feels compelled to perform to reduce the anxiety they feel from an obsession
  • repeated continuously and often carried out without conscious thought
  • examples:
  • excessive washing and cleaning
  • counting
  • touching things
  • hoarding
  • incessant rechecking
  • repeating certain words or phrases
  • performing ritualistic behaviour

Researchers:

  • ease over time or get steadily worse
  • OCD usually appears in childhood or adolescence
  • sufferers may have obsessions
  • symptoms may come and go
  • sufferers may have no physical outward compulsions often called 'Pure O'

OCD may be accompanied by depression, eating disorders, self abuse - drug or alcohol abuse

Symptoms of OCD:

  • chronic worrying
  • fear
  • fear of fear
  • irritability
  • loss of concentration
  • obsessions with germs and dirt
  • obsessions with order and counting
  • obsessions with touching
  • persistent unwanted thoughts
  • restless sleep
  • trouble sleeping

OCD causes:

  • exact cause of OCD is unknown
  • research - number of factors may influence OCD:
  • lack of the brain chemical - serotonin
  • may be genetic
  • personality types prone to develop OCD
  • energy attachments
  • stress factors
  • past abuse
  • stressful event may be a trigger

Treatment for OCD:

drug therapy and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), combined treatment for most people

hypnoanalysis (psychotherapy using hypnosis) may effective

hypnotherapy aims to find the root cause of the problem