Phobia or fear of something is defined as an irrational fear of a specific object, activity or situation. In saying it is irrational, it implies that the subject of phobia is not normally associated with a threat or damage to the person’s wellbeing.
The person concerned is fully aware of the irrationality of the fear, but logic alone has been unable to resolve the problem.
Phobias can be simple with one trigger like fear of spiders or more complex like social phobia and agoraphobia which have more than one trigger and a complex response.
The reasons (rationale) for successfully Managing Phobias with Hypnotherapy is based on:
- The observation that imaginal exposure to feared object during hypnosis is able to reproduce fear
- Therefore it is not necessary for the feared object/situation to be present for therapy
- Therapy is aimed at resolving the hypnotically produced fear which can then be translated into exposure to the real object/situation.
Hypnosis is successfully used to manage various Phobias like claustrophobia, fear of flying, fear of needles, fear of public speaking , dental visits and many more.
Active participation and willingness of the person undergoing therapy is one of the most crucial factors determining the success, as in all therapeutic alliances.
Managing Panic Attacks
Sever anxiety states often lead to people experiencing Panic Attacks, which are sudden and disabling episodes that may last from a few seconds to half an hour or more.
What is a Panic AttackPanic attack can be described as a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort that develops abruptly and has some of the following symptoms which often peak within ten minutes
- Palpitations, pounding heart or accelerated heart rate or chest pain/discomfort
- Trembling or shaking
- Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering
- Feeling of choking
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Feeling dizzy or unsteady
- Fear of dying or impending doom
How Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness helps with Panic attacks
Since Panic attacks start with a burst of Adrenaline, they are usually triggered by something out of conscious awareness , which then builds into a vicious spiral downwards.
Hypnosis helps to work on calmness anchors and in recognizing catastrophic thoughts . Mindfulness helps in offering support to accept and “be” with the feelings rather than engaging with them. Introducing an observership towards the reactions helps to gain useful insights.