Normal Anxiety Vs. Anxiety Disorders

Occasional stress or anxiety is a normal part of life and in many situations is actually a good thing. A little nervousness helps us to pay attention, be prepared, stay safe, and avoid genuine danger. Nearly everyone has experienced some nervousness when it comes to things like public speaking, performing in front of others, or driving in busy traffic.

But anxiety disorders are a growing problem and have become the most common form of mental illness in the U.S. Sadly, this one of the most common reasons people come to see us. Fortunately, it is also something you can successfully defeat with hypnosis, self-hypnosis, and other related tools that we use with clients and teach.

Like many problems we help people deal with, there are varying causes and degrees of anxiety. Hypnosis can certainly help to deal with the many mundane sources of anxiety very effectively. For common, less severe forms of anxiety, hypnotherapy is a recognized method for de-stressing and reducing feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry. Hypnotherapy can be used to remember and subconsciously reinforce a client’s past successes, increase confidence and self-belief, while reducing negative and unhelpful feelings such as fear, self-doubt, and worry.

There is a difference between occasional anxiety and an anxiety disorder. Generally when I talk about anxiety, I mean debilitating anxiety disorders that interfere with living a normal life. Anxiety disorders involve extreme fear or worry, and includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, selective mutism, separation anxiety, phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). An anxiety disorder doesn’t merely make a person uncomfortable or nervous, it impairs a person’s ability to function.

Anxiety disorders, like phobias, often cause compounding feelings of fear from the anxiety or fear that certain situations may be a trigger. So, for many people, the problem is not only the original fear but anxiety around triggering the fear. This fear of triggering an episode can cause people to withdraw and isolate themselves. It can prevent them from doing the things they want and need to do. Fear can cause them to miss out on opportunities, even negatively impact personal and work relationships.

What is Hypnosis and How Does It Work?

Thanks to Hollywood, stage hypnosis shows, and other media the word “Hypnosis” is often associated in many people’s minds with mystery and magic. But the truth is, hypnosis is a totally natural function of the human mind and actually a daily occurrence for virtually everyone. Hypnosis can simply be described as a state of focused attention on one idea or line of thought where a person ignores all the (momentarily) unimportant distractions that normally surround them. So, if you have ever been absorbed in an interesting tv show or movie, if you have ever been engrossed in a good book or fascinating article (like this one), or you have been lost for a time in a daydream… you have been in a natural state of hypnosis.

When hypnosis is used formally, to purposefully help people make positive changes in their life (as opposed to entertainment) it is called “Hypnotherapy”. The field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is both broad and deep. The intention of this article is not to teach you all about hypnosis. Those who wish to know more can continue to explore and read my book, “The Ultimate Guide To Hypnosis: What You Need To Know To Get The Change You Want”. For the purpose of this article, an adequate understanding of hypnosis helps you to realize that hypnosis is a powerful tool that allows us to influence the subconscious mind in a safe, effective, and holistic way.

Hypnosis is very helpful in helping people to release inappropriate unconscious fears as well as learning at a deep subconscious level to be more calm, relaxed, and in control in situations that used to cause distress. The right kind of hypnotherapy can remove both the specific and generalized fears that have prevented a person from enjoying the freedom they want and to experience greater calm and control in their life. In short, the right kind of hypnotherapy… the kind we do at Boise Hypnosis, powerfully and holistically, helps to change a person’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, even their sense of identity, so he or she can become more calm, free and in control. And because these changes occur deeply within the subconscious mind, they remain a happier, more relaxed person, free to enjoy all the benefits that are a natural result of making such an important positive change.

3 Ways We Deal with Anxiety and Stress at Boise Hypnosis

Our methods have proven be an effective treatment in overcoming anxiety and the problems that come with it. There are three ways we approach anxiety issues at Boise Hypnosis. The first approach is to prevent anxiety issues in the future. Hypnosis can be very helpful in enabling clients to prepare for likely future events and practice dealing with them in more resourceful ways. Our clients find that when similar situations do occur their automatic unconscious responses are more appropriate and comfortable.

The second way is by using hypnotherapy and related tools to identify the source of the present problem(s) in the past, where the problem(s) likely originated, and then work to resolve it. We use several very effective methods to overcome and heal from past trauma that our clients find truly life changing.

Third, we empower clients with powerful tools that allow them to quickly deal with stressful situations at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever they need to. Having these immediate and powerful tools at their disposal removes the secondary fear of experiencing a panic attack or other anxiety-related episode and gives them back a sense of control and tremendous peace of mind.

Boise Hypnosis is here to help. Hypnosis, together with the other powerful tools we use, will help you overcome unhealthy levels of anxiety, fear, and stress and will improve your ability to maintain a calm state of mind giving you much greater control over your feelings, as well as greater peace and tranquility. You will discover, like so many of our clients, that these positive changes have profound positive benefits on every aspect of your life. We look forward to helping you succeed.

Now Is The Time To Take Action

Free yourself from anxiety and stress problems. Call us at (208) 440-3306 and ask for a free phone consultation.

Boise Hypnosis “Down-To-Earth” Disclaimer: Hypnosis is a very powerful process that has helped thousands of people to make positive changes in their lives. However, hypnosis is not mind control. For example, nobody, not even the best hypnotist, could make you stop smoking if you really didn’t want to. Nor could he or she accurately predict how many sessions it will take. Most people (but not everyone) begin to experience the benefits from the very first session and most people are done in about six sessions. Ultimately, you are responsible for the changes that occur as a result of the hypnosis sessions.

This is both “good news” and “bad news”. It is “good news” because, after you have made the changes that you want using hypnosis, you deserve a great deal of the credit, and this knowledge helps you to make more beneficial changes in your life. But, the “bad news” is we cannot guarantee that the changes will come about. In fact, this is true in any situation where a professional is working to help you. Doctors don’t guarantee that you will get well. Teachers can’t guarantee that you will learn, and attorneys can’t guarantee that you will “win” your case. What we can guarantee, here at Boise Hypnosis, is that we will do everything we can, using current information and appropriate hypnotic methods to help you make the positive changes you want in your life. That is our promise.