‘’DISCUSS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STRESS, ANXIETY, HABITS, AND PXHOBIAS, AND DESCRIBE HOW YOU WOULD TREAT THESE ISSUES WITH HYPNOTHERAPY’’.
In this essay I shall discuss the relationship between stress, anxiety, habits and phobias and describe how you would treat these issues with hypnotherapy.
What is stress? Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else. Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly work, relationships and money problems. And, when you feel stressed it can get in the way of dealing with these demands, or can even affect everything you do. Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. In fact, common signs of stress include sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating. You may also experience headaches, muscle tension or pain and dizziness. Stress causes a surge of hormones in your body. These stress hormones are released to enable you to deal with pressure or threats – the so called “flight or fight” response, (our body’s primitive, automatic, inborn response that prepares the body to “fight or flee” from perceived attack, harm or threat to our survival). Once the threat has passed, your stress levels will usually return to normal. However, if you are constantly under stress, these hormones will remain in your body, leading to symptoms of stress.(www. Nhs.uk/conditions). Stress is categorised into different categories:- HYPOSTRESS:- this is when a person is bored or unchallenged and lacking in motivation. People doing repetitive jobs may find it hard to be motivated in other areas of their lives. EUSTRESS:-this is the type of stress that is short term and gives us the strength we need to complete a task. It occurs when we have increased our physical activity and creativity. This is positive stress that increases performance and motivation. ACUTE STRESS:-this is the category that we generally identify as stress. We feel it through tension and physical disturbances and it can be treated by various methods that generally take 6 weeks or so. EPISODIC ACUTE STRESS:-this can be more damaging than the above and has the symptoms associated with hypertension, migraines, stroke, heart attack and gastrointestinal disorders. It is treatable in many cases but often takes up to six months to be brought under control, often with medical intervention. CHRONIC STRESS:-this is a serious state that seems to have no end and is characterised by an increase in the incidence of serious diseases from immunocompetence conditions to cancer and diabetes and although it is treatable, it can take years to bring it under control. TRAUMATIC STRESS:-this is the result of a massive acute stress which is often cumulative. Post traumatic stress disorder would come under this category and should only be treated by qualified people within a multidisciplinary team. Much of the treatment for stress that incorporates hypnosis will revolve around helping the client to learn to relax and also to learn some triggers that will assist them to deal with the physical symptoms of the condition. The therapeutic process will also serve to empower them to make changes that they need to make in their lives. Obviously, each person will have their own issues around dealing with stress and they must be prepared to take some responsibility for realising that they will need to change their lives in some way in order to remove the negative symptoms from their lives. This could then cause anxiety….(chrysalis,psychotherapeutic counselling-year one-mod 5,p4&5) What is anxiety? Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain and, perhaps, fearful at the thought of sitting an exam,...
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