Hypnotherapy For
Managing Anxiety Disorders

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Hypnotherapy, A Paradigm Shift In The Treatment of Anxiety

Hypnotherapy For The Treatment of Anxiety
Trans4mational Therapy is a proven and effective treatment option and solution for many types of anxiety attacks, including panic attacks (panic disorder). As well as the many other categories of what are termed anxiety disorders. It can also be beneficial to know the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack. People often ask what are the causes and symptoms of an anxiety attack. This is useful to know because they are different from panic attacks. Some of the better-known anxiety conditions I treat are; generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), agoraphobia, separation anxiety, exam/test anxiety and social phobia, to name but a few.

The treatment options I provide will help you understand the causes of anxiety disorders, the symptoms and what may be triggering them. Essentially, this will allow you to enjoy life again! While Hypnotherapy is the main type of therapy I use for treating anxiety, there are other options that I can use, e.g. psychotherapy, counselling and CBT, so you have several options as to what suits you best. Understanding panic attack symptoms and how to differentiate between an anxiety issue and an organic dysfunction, e.g. palpitations (heart issues) is important and you can find out more about that here. 

While anxiety is a necessary and normal part of our life experience, it should not overwhelm us, at least without there being a good and valid reason. And I promise that I will take your condition seriously and, because of that, I will not make wild claims that it is easy to treat. But equally, that doesn't necessarily mean that it will be difficult. Unfortunately, some therapists make wild claims that you'll see results in 2 sessions but how can someone who has never met you, knows nothing about you or your circumstances make such a claim? Truth be told, they can't and professionalism prevents me from making such baseless claims, that's why doctors don't do it either! 

It is also important to consider that anxiety may not be the cause of your issue, merely the observable symptom. Meaning that something else is the problem, and anxiety is simply the response. To treat anxiety, one has to know a lot about it, which I do. While anxiety takes many forms and has differing symptoms for each, as perceived by the sufferer, the fundamentals are almost identical. Anxiety, as a sensory experience, is a consequence of activating the body's stress, (fight or flight) response. The titles, e.g. GAD, OCD, PTSD, social phobia etc. indicate the methods of stimulation, i.e. what causes the anxiety response. To complicate things further, chronic anxiety, chronic stress or depression are often comorbid conditions that can make life feel pretty tough at times, many sufferers say "All the time!" And while depression is not specifically categorised as an anxiety disorder, anyone with depression will always experience relatively high levels of anxiety or stress! These seemingly modern-day conditions have the potential to negatively affect the quality of your life experience, as well as, your relationships, career, and even your everyday chores. So, the takeaway here, is that while anxiety may be challenging, it is very treatable. And remember, we're not trying to eliminate anxiety, merely to normalise it.

Fortunately, there's good news because I have helped thousands of clients with a variety of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, OCD, (c)PTSD etc., and, now have over 24 years and 26,000 hours of experience. There are several ways I can help you, for example, hypnotherapy and EFT (emotional freedom techniques) or maybe you would prefer psychotherapy or counselling. Is that the kind of experience and stability you are looking for? 

To make that choice easier for you, I provide a totally free 1-hour Consultation that comes with a complimentary demonstration of hypnosis if you want it! This free demonstration will give you the vital information needed to see if my therapy services are right for you.

Understanding The Fundamentals of Anxiety

And .  .  . what it is!

While we use the term anxiety, seemingly to describe what appears to be a common condition it is anything but one condition, although it does have one source, from a biological perspective, i.e. the fight or flight (stress) response. Physiologically, the fight or flight is composed of two systems, the sympathoadrenal medullary system ( an aortic response that stimulates adrenalin and the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis (HPA Axis), which stimulates the release of cortisol, combined, these equal the stress - fight or flight - response.

From a practical perspective, it is the nature of its cause (environmental cues) that changes its type, e.g. PTSD, OCD, social phobia, generalised (GAD), separation/attachment, panic disorder etc and, consequently, the treatment approach. However, as a condition, as mentioned above, there is a unique commonality, in that anxiety is a consequence of the activation of the brain's fight or flight response. The only major difference between a stress disorder and anxiety is the cause of its activation. Stress occurs when the brain's perceptual defences detect danger (real or imagined) and anxiety occurs as a consequence of the anticipation of danger, thus initiating our perceptual defences. For example, if you are on a plane and experience turbulence or clear air turbulence (an SQ321 moment), fear, the stress response, is a natural (unconditioned) reaction to that stressor. However, if you are having a coffee in the airport lounge and you start to imagine the plane bouncing all over the place, that is different; that's anxiety! Both situations invoke the stress response but anxiety is the consequence of the anticipation of danger, not the actual presence of it.

Anxiety, as a neurological condition, ranges from mild symptoms, say, a light form of social anxiety to the more extreme forms of OCD, PTSD or agoraphobia. Because the origins and progression of anxiety are multi-faceted, its treatment needs both specific and reasonable in consideration of the range of variance possible of the condition. This is because the resolution of anxiety, from being disordered to becoming ordered (normal) effectively requires changes in brain function. My view is somewhat divergent from the general view of many hypnotherapists, who, seemingly believe that changes are made to the subconscious mind! However, if we look at the way medical professionals attempt to treat anxiety, pharmacologically, they do so via targeted brain treatments. And any benefit the patient experiences is a result of brain-based changes in the plasticity and neurochemistry of the brain.

This is not to discount the mind theory, it's merely to see it more factually. The mind is merely a philosophical construct, that renders the explanation, of almost inexplicable processes, capable of being understood! In that sense, the mind is akin to a communication system that allows the following faculties, consciousness, imagination, perception, thinking, intelligence, judgement, language and memory to emerge into awareness. Of course, all of these faculties work outside of our conscious awareness of them. Awareness is the final link in the chain, the moment when we have an awareness of the outcome, so to speak. However, we are never privy to the actual processing part of the process. Outcomes are a consequence of brain-based processes, not mind-based ones! And while someone may say "I changed my mind," any change occurs as a consequence of changes in brain responses.

So, before you consider seeking treatment for anxiety, it can be useful to answer this question because anxiety is both natural and necessary for a normal life. The question is, is your anxiety too much? Meaning, is it out of sync with what is deemed normal? As I said, anxiety is a natural part of everyday life but it can occasionally go off the rails. When that happens too often, for too long and to a greater intensity, then it's time to get it checked out because you may have an anxiety disorder! Professional healthcare experts suggest that 10% of the general population in Singapore have an anxiety disorder, an alarming figure! However, in a post-COVID-19 world, that figure will likely be much higher as people's lives are going to be undoubtedly altered because of the pandemic!

Some Modern Causes of Anxiety

There are many reasons behind developing anxiety but   .  .  .
In the post-pandemic world, more so than before, employment matters are becoming a significant and contributing factor in the many types of anxiety disorders that I treat, be it in Singapore or globally, as all are online now. The emerging catastrophic effects of the 2020/22 pandemic, are greatly exacerbating an already growing problem that will likely continue to change lives for many people going forward! Some of the major actors are the ever-growing emergence of AI, climate change and the havoc it wreaks, inflation and emerging crises, as well as the toxic side of social media. Social media already seems to be attributed to an anxiety class all of its own!

The most common causes of workplace anxiety are bullying, unfair/constructive dismissal, a general lack of employee protections, as well as the abuse of superordinate powers. Consequently, there will likely now be a greater level of uncertainty in the workplace and varying levels of uncertainty are a predictor of anxiety. While the pandemic has more or less passed, it is fairly obvious that the consequential anxiousness it caused is far from over! And while statistics appear to confirm that things have almost recovered to pre-pandemic levels, that is not the general message I am receiving from clients, many of whose anxiety remains higher than in pre-pandemic times! And as if that's not enough, there is now a heightened focus on increasing the productivity of specific types or groups of workers, as well as the ever-advancing march toward AI! For some companies, with a growing demand for their products and/or emerging markets, this could increase employment opportunities. However, for those companies with a limited or shrinking market, it could mean fewer people doing more work and that means more uncertainty and, consequently, more anxiety!

To varying degrees, this could lead to retrenchment and this is one aspect of increased productivity that could be taken advantage of by employers! Potentially; it's either a quid pro quo, higher productivity means higher pay or a zero-sum game, heads I win; tails you lose! All of these things can, and often do, add significant stress and the uncertainty of it all can develop into an anxiety disorder. Hypnotherapy can help you normalise even the most challenging life conditions. This doesn't equate to becoming blasè but rather putting things in a relative context. If life is tough, it's relatively normal for it to feel that way but that doesn't mean you need to be experiencing high levels of stress. ​This is important because anxiety and stress rob you of vital brain resources you need, to cope effectively under duress. Especially if this involves a change in direction or the acquisition of new skills.

Another, seemingly, ever-increasing form, is relationship anxiety. Many people are in dysfunctional or toxic relationships, be they familial, romantic, social or career-based. While ending any relationship is an option, it is not always as easy as that, it's not always a workable or practical solution either. Some relationships are neither possible nor practical to end, e.g. how do you end a parental relationship or one with your children? While it is practically possible, in that you can stop talking to or seeing someone, it rarely comes without consequences and mostly emotional ones. Severing ties with siblings seems the most common form of a breakup but even that can have some dire consequences. Or, you may have a great friend, someone you've known your whole life, you're inseparable. Then one day someone enters their life and it's downhill from there, you just don't gel with the new person in their life. And, generally speaking, it doesn't matter how much you love your friend, you just don't gel with their partner. And given the choice of you or the love of their life; guess what your position will be? That can make it tough emotionally and it can also leave emotional scars! In some sense, every aspect of our life involves relationships and the quality, or lack, of quality in those relationships, invariably feeds into the apparent quality of our life! The relationship I focus on the most is the one with yourself, get that one right and all of the others are instantly better!

Technically speaking, it is far too simplistic to say, I have an anxiety issue. In fact, in most cases, anxiety isn't the real issue, it is merely the observable manifestation of a deeper problem and the very reason why many medications ultimately don't work. Primarily these medications,e.g. SSRIs or SNRIs, are attempting to stabilise the normal functioning of specific neurotransmitters (serotonin/norepinephrine). However, it's more often the case, that down/upregulation of mental/emotional systems are destabilising (over/under activation)  neurotransmission.

On top of the condition, we call anxiety (stress in another form), there are other forms of stress that play an almost invisible role. There are oxidative (environmental) stressors, metabolic, osmotic stressors and heat-shock and stress factors consequential to allostatic load (AL) and allostatic overload (ALO). While many of these (except AL/ALO) are natural and normal, at least when life is that way too, they are anything but normal in anxiety/stress disorders! In extreme situations, these stresses can contribute to psychosomatic as well as organic disorders. In that context, resolving the perceptual problem, say a toxic relationship or job situation, may not bring about a quick response. Although it may! That can lead to the illusion that the therapy didn't work. This is the major reason why I studied the brain so extensively, and, how it's implicated in the development of anxiety, stress and depression. If through regression therapy, you discover an incident, when you were 7, was the cause of your issue, then hypnotherapeutic logic dictates that's what you work on! However, experience has taught me to be cautious! This is because there can and often is, much more to it than that and if you don't know your subject; well . . . what can I say?

As well to genetics there are also epigenetic factors to consider

Hypnotherapy For The Treatment of Anxiety

This gets to the Nuts and Bolts of Anxiety:
Of course, other factors can contribute to an anxiety issue. For example, from a genetic perspective, if a parent or a close ancestral family member has anxiety, it increases your risk factor. However, the way your brain encodes experience, especially during the early years of life, can contribute, epigenetically, and this can also occur throughout your lifetime. And while brains are anatomically similar, the individual similarity ends there. This is a result of the unique way that we each, non-consciously, encode experience and translate it into a neural code (brain language).

To complicate matters further, almost all of our sensory experience is coded into memories. So the memory of one experience, with specific or similar attributes, can be conditioned to trigger the memory of another experience. This process is known as neural/classical conditioning, aka Hebbian plasticity! If you were to think about anxiety logically, it doesn't make sense. Imagine you got stuck in a lift with 6 others, and after that, you had an anxiety attack every time you were in one, it's got to be the lift, correct? Well, if that were true, then the other 6 people would also have to have the same experience, wouldn't they? Yet historically and evidentially we know that is not true! So, if 7 people get stuck in a lift but only 1 or 2 get affected; then it has to be their brain; not the lift! That's epigenetics, your brain adapting to its experience of the environment and the effect it has on the circumstances of your life!
Much of our life experience, be it in childhood or later on, goes on to predict aspects of our character and personality. While genetics do play a part, it's usually a small one. If we have a series of negative experiences, this can shatter confidence, lower self-esteem or self-worth and onwards from that, our life tanks. Life can change either very quickly or over a longer time frame. Sometimes the change appears to be instant but it can also be a result of cumulative trauma. This is a series of seemingly insignificant events but over time the effect accumulates into one larger collective event. One day, the same thing you have endured for years suddenly becomes the straw that broke the camel's back! In essence, we can go from the top of the mountain into the deepest valleys and often in a relatively short period. One day we are fine, the next; we are not! Fortunately, hypnotherapy is there to help you in those dire moments of life and gradually (weeks not months) it gets you back on track!

It's at times like these, that you need a good therapist, someone that can help you to get back on the right path! At Trans4mational Therapy, I have helped thousands of people with anxiety, stress, depression and confidence, have a better experience of life. So, it is highly probable that I can help you too!

If you have an unending feeling of anxiety and you want it to stop, contact me today! It's really easy to make an appointment for a Free Consultation and you can do that here. During the consultation, we discuss the issue so you get an idea of what life will be like after the therapy. For more info on the Free Consultation, go here. After the free consultation, we can look at your treatment options, and from there you can begin your journey of recovery and discovery.

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