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Can Hypnotherapy Help Anxiety?

Updated: Mar 22



Anxiety disorders affect millions of people around the world and it is one of the most common mental conditions.

There are various methods and tools for dealing with anxiety, you may have even tried a few, with some being more effective than others. Today we will discuss how hypnotherapy for anxiety can help you manage and potentially even eliminate anxiety once and for all.

Even though anxiety disorders are highly treatable, approximately 36.9% of people actually receive treatment. If not treated, anxiety disorders can be very serious and can contribute to other health issues as well.

Causes of anxiety

Anxiety disorders can potentially develop from a complex set of risk factors including things like genetics, brain chemistry, life events or even personality.

Other risk factors for anxiety, in general, can include things such as unhealthy relationships, stress at work or school, stress due to illness, financial stress or even drugs or alcohol. Emotional trauma also plays a big role in developing anxiety.

General symptoms of anxiety disorders are:

  • Lack of sleep

  • Frequently feeling exhausted and tired.

  • Feeling stressed, tense and worried all the time.

  • Racing or ruminating thoughts - living with constant nagging worry or anxiousness.

  • Overthinking things.

  • Feeling painfully edgy - having a hard time concentrating or relaxing.

  • Feeling angry and frustrated.

  • Experiencing fear, panic or anxiety in situations where most people would not feel anxious or threatened.

  • Experiencing sudden panic or anxiety attacks without an apparent trigger.

  • Difficulty working, maintaining relationships or leaving the house.

Does hypnosis really work for anxiety?

Researchers studying the effects of hypnosis and anxiety validate that hypnosis is an effective technique to relieve stress, fear, and anxiety.

One study done in 2016 involved scanning the brains of 57 people who were undergoing guided hypnosis sessions similar to what is used to clinically treat someone for anxiety, pain, or trauma.

Brain scans showed changes in the brain activity of those under hypnosis. The brain areas that lit up showed that participants experienced greater physical and emotional control and more focused attention. The participants also felt less self-conscious.

Another study revealed that self-hypnosis training was found to be a rapid, cost-effective, and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions.

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