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One Session Phobia Treatment

Sep 3, 2008
Ponder a life limited by terror and anxiety, where each act is scrutinized and even the most inconsequential decision is agonized over. Hours are spent looking at daily obligations or situations that the majority of people manage easily. According to the National Institute of Health, better than 40 million people in the United States who experience anxiety disorders have this kind of existence.

Concordantly, better than 18 percent of those living in the United States are diagnosed with a kind of a panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, general anxiety disorder or phobias, such as a social phobia, agoraphobia, or a specific phobia, which embody common fears of articles like germs, elevators or heights.

Are you like those people? A lot of people aren't aware how to figure out if their natural fears have transformed into a phobia. A phobia is categorized as an unfounded dread or fear. If a person comes upon a phobia trigger, that person may become panicked with faster heartbeat and respiration. Commonly, that person may begin experiencing a choking sensation or their palms get clammy. The person could additionally have ringing in their ears and find they are not able to focus on their surroundings.

As with any unpleasant consciousness, people will go to great lengths to sidestep the incident, settings and items that cause them. If someone has a social phobia, that person may steer clear of social settings, or if it is a common phobia, including spiders or coffins, those who have a phobia may try to escape those triggers.

The anxiety disorder phobia could be one of the most complicated to solve because related coping issues commonly result from the anxiety phobia relationship, such as despair or substance dependence. In fact, the majority of people who suffer from one anxiety disorder commonly cultivate other anxiety disorders.

Though it can be helpful to make an appointment with a mental health professional to diagnose your phobia and look at the origin of it, the principal action is entering into treatment for the phobia and anxiety. Several therapeutic approaches exist for successfully eliminating a phobia, including talk therapy, drugs, systematic desensitization, hypnotherapy and Nuero-Linguistic Programming.

Normally, medication for phobia and anxiety treatment include sedatives, which actually worsen the trouble because the medications don't deal with the deep reason for the phobia. Other mental health professionals favor talk therapy; however, discussing or even thinking about the situation or setting of the causal anxiety phobia can bring about a panic attack.

Traditional hypnosis which simply assists the client maintain a relaxed hypnosis state and then giving post-hypnotic suggestions or commands can be very effective if the person is receptive to it. However, a lot of people with phobias refuse the idea that they will be more comfortable and calm when they are challenged with the situation or environment that activates anxiety from the associated phobia.

Knowing the challenges and even setbacks of other types of treatment for phobias, systematic desensitization can be a helpful treatment. It is the process of progressively desensitizing a client to the trigger that causes the anxiety disorder phobia and ensuing panic attacks.

For example, if a client aims to rise above a phobia of dogs, she is asked to first sit down and envision a dog until she is secure with the image. Then, she is given a photograph of a dog to look at. Perhaps she advances to embracing a plush dog and so on until she is able to remain in the presence of a canine without the panic symptoms possibly even stroke the dog.

The principal point is that, following each action, the subject admits that nothing terrible happened and that she is secure. If at any time she encounters fear or panic, the therapist asks the subject to revert to the preceding step until she has reclaimed a feeling of security.

Thankfully, there is a way to make this process less painful and frightening: Systematic desensitization can be carried out as the subject is in a relaxed hypnosis state. While in a relaxed hypnotic trance, the client would be asked to complete the same actions, but she would actually remain very peaceful as she imagined herself feeling relaxed and comfortable in the situation that produces anxiety.

Just as in the live systematic desensitization that happens without the advantage of hypnosis, if the client experiences any anxiety regarding her phobia, she is commanded to go back to the previous action. The only negative aspect is that this method can require a fair amount of time to create release from a phobia.

The fastest and most effective technique to do away with a phobia is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique called a Visual/Kinesthetic Disassociation. It commonly cures the subject of a chronic phobia in only one session. The practice actually programs the subject to disassociate, or mentally step outside of themselves at the time that they would usually begin their anxiety attack. The process literally separates the subjective feelings from the mental images that cause the panic attack in the first place.

CONCLUSION: While any phobia treatment that someone takes on will involve work and commitment, systematic desensitization coupled with hypnosis can offer an effective cure. But the NLP Visual/Kinesthetic Disassociation can offer a solution that almost seems magical by allowing the subject to overcome the phobia quickly with significantly less perhaps even no discomfort or panic.
About the Author
Alan B. Densky, CH spent 30 years helping clients overcome unfounded fears. He offers a powerful phobia treatment based on NLP and Ericksonian hypnosis. Learn more on his Neuro-VISION hypnotherapy website using his Free research library and video hypnosis library.
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