Anyone who has studied semantics or language patterns realises the importance of the words that we use to describe the world around us. For example illness is defined as ” a disease or sickness of the body or mind”. Common mental issues like Anxiety, stress, depression, OCD, PTSD and phobias are classed as mental illnesses but they are not diseases or sickness. While they are thought of as illnesses there will be stigmas attached to them and sufferers will be less likely to seek help.
Over 90% of people classed as mentally ill actually have thinking issues or problems. Either they are in a situation that they are not comfortable with or, they have been traumatised or they have a habitualised negative way of thinking. They do not need chemical intervention to make them well, they just need to be taught how to think clearly so that they can move on and start enjoying life again.
There is a mind beneath our conscious that is responsible for maintaining anxiety, fears, phobias, OCD, PTSD, panic attacks, eating disorders and harmful habits such as smoking. This subconscious mind sometimes makes us do harmful things to ourselves and overrides logic thought. This subconscious mind may seem irrational at times but it’s purpose is to protect us and fore fill our basic needs. The subconscious mind has kept us alive for thousands of years but unfortunately hasn’t adapted to the pressures and complexities of modern life. This mind is capable of processing millions of bits of information a second and creating wonderful things but can sometimes be our Achilles heel.
if you are interested in exploring the power of the subconscious mind or experiencing difficulties coping with life call me on 07899886882 or visit http://www.norwichhypnotherapyservices.com.
What is fear to you? Here is an extract from the book The Life of Pi describing fear that most of us can recognise in our most anxious moments.
“Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease…Reason comes to do battle for you. You are reassured. Reason is fully equipped with the latest weapons of technology. But to your amazement, despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories, reason is laid low. You feel yourself weakening, wavering. Your anxiety becomes dread. Fear turns fully to your body, which is already aware something terribly wrong is going on. Already your lungs have flown away like a bird and your guts have slithered away like a snake. Now your tongue drops like an opossum, while your jaw begins to gallop on the spot. Your ears go deaf. Your muscles begin to shiver as if they had malaria and your knees shake as though they were dancing. Your heart strains too hard, while your sphincter relaxes too much. And so with the rest of your body. Every part of you, in the manner most suited to it falls apart. Only your eyes work well. They always pay attention to fear. They are on the constant prowl for more objects of fear”
The feelings and thoughts described are perfectly normal if you are facing a man eating tiger but if these thoughts are occurring outside of life threatening incidents it’s time to get some help!
If you are interested in changing where your thoughts lead you visit http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk to see how hypnotherapy can change your life. If you want some free self help techniques that can control anxiety visit http://www.hypnotherapy for anxiety.co.uk.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder of the gut that produces a variety of symptoms that vary from person to person. Hypnotherapy consistently shows an 80% long term reduction in the symptoms of IBS (5 years and over).
IBS can be triggered and maintained by stress and anxiety held within our subconscious minds. Hypnotherapy can help sufferers re-process traumas, improve self image, boost confidence, change habits, and focus the immune system on repairing of the gut.
About a 1/4 of the population in the UK will visit their doctor with IBS symptoms at some point in their lives. It is estimated that 1/2of the people suffering from the complaint do not seek treatment from IBS. It is thought that only 10% of people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome actually get treated by the health service in the UK.
The symptoms of IBS can change from day to day depending on diet, moods, lifestyle and hormonal changes (i.e. menstrual cycle). Sufferers of IBS can suffer from, Pain, wind, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, alternating bowel habits, indigestion, headaches to name a few. Symptoms can make a sufferer uncomfortable, disturbing their sleep and affecting their love life. The symptoms of Irritable Bowel syndrome lead to the sufferer planning their lives around toilet breaks causing them to become anxious. It is estimated that 60% of IBS sufferers will have a mental issue such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks and stress.
An important thing to remember is that IBS is a medical condition and must be diagnosed by a doctor to rule out other gut related issues before seeing a hypnotherapist.
I am in the process of developing a website devoted to the treatment of IBS. For more information on hypnotherapy visit http://www.change4thebetter.co.uk
If you want to find out how hypnotherapy can help with anxiety I will be talking and demonstrating at “The Way Out Society” meeting on Wednesday 5th March at 7.30. The meeting is held at the Vauxhall Centre just off Chapelfield Road in Norwich.
The Way Out Society is a group of people who are suffering or have suffered anxiety at some point in their lives.
If you are interested in getting help for anxiety you are welcome to come along, they are a friendly bunch.
For more information on The Way Out Society go to their website
Please share this as many sufferers of anxiety are unaware that there are groups that can offer support and help