Hypnosis is a mind-body technique that involves achieving a trance-like state of mind that shows promise as a safe and effective treatment for anxiety. There is compelling evidence that hypnosis can help manage anxiety-related problems including headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.
Some studies also suggest that hypnosis may help people deal with situational anxiety. A 2006 study from Anesthesia and Analgesia shows that hypnosis may alleviate pre-surgical anxiety. Of 76 surgery patients participants who underwent hypnosis prior to surgery were significantly less anxious upon entering the operating room. Other research suggests that hypnosis may help relieve anxiety for people undergoing dental procedures or colonoscopy colorectal cancer screening.
Using hypnosis may help reduce anxiety related to specific situations (such as public speaking). However, if you frequently experience anxiety or any symptoms of an anxiety disorder (such as constant worrying, irritability, muscle tension, and restlessness), it’s important to seek professional hypnotherapy treatment for anxiety.
The success of hypnotherapy depends on the idea that events in our lives become linked to physical and emotional reactions. When we experience similar events those same physical and emotional reactions are triggered, which is fine if the reaction is to duck if something comes flying at you…but not so great if an apple triggers you to scream and hide. For example, someone who had a traumatic time when they made their first speech in high school might associate speaking in public to trembling hands and intense anxiety.
The goal of hypnotherapy is to enter an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. During trance people experience a profound state of relaxation that includes lowered blood pressure lowered heart rate, and changes in brain waves. While in this altered state the brain is highly responsive to suggestion.
The goal of hypnotherapy for anxiety would be to separate the memory of the traumatic memory of the experience of making a speech or presentation. In addition hypnotherapy for speaking anxiety might include post-hypnotic suggestion for being able to relax whenever it’s safe.
Although more research on the impact of hypnotherapy on anxiety is needed thus far studies with randomized controls have shown that hypnotherapy can reduce anxiety in general and enhance the effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety.
Dr Jen Alexander
Oops! We could not locate your form.