1) Anger management
Hypnosis can be used to directly treat anger issues, for example if a person is prone to throwing fits of rage, they can be pacified; using hypnotism the person can be trained into automatically calming themselves before signs of fury start to show. Hypnosis can also be used to treat anger problems by resolving any underlying problems such as high stress levels or lack of sleep.
It is estimated that one in four people will end up being treated for depression in their lifetime. Hypnosis can be used to communicate with the sufferer’s unconscious mind and encourage a more upbeat demeanour and attitude while discouraging thoughts which may lead to a progression in their condition.
Pain is just in the mind, though it is a useful tool as it helps to detect issues in the body. However as everybody knows pain is not just a boon. For example when a person has cancer they will still feel pain as their mind expects then to be able to cure the condition (which is basically not possible). In this case the best option is to manage the pain; there are many options available for this. Hypnosis is very effective for dealing with, and is sometimes favourable than other options as it is completely un-invasive.
Fears and phobias are a construct of the mind. They are one of two things; innate (we are born with them; or learned from the surrounding and environment. Regardless of where they come from hypnosis is a very effective treatment, and in fact can be better than other methods in some cases. For example complex fears such as a fear of failure should be treated with hypnosis as it can’t be treated with the most conventional method: flooding, which involves exposing the sufferer to an extreme amount of the thing they’re afraid of in the hope that they will become desensitised. However this is neigh impossible to do with a fear of failure as the person can’t be flooded with failing… Fortunately there is hypnosis.
One of the stages in clinical hypnosis is called deepening. This involves completely relaxing the patients entire body. During this stage patients are so relaxed that any nerves or worries that they have will seem oblivious and insignificant. In some cases if the patient has gone to see a hypnotherapist to treat an illness and they happen to have nerves as well, they often find that after the treatment is finished the symptoms of nerves have also been alleviated.
6) Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
The symptoms of OCD normally involve the patient repeating an action multiple times, for example a common action is to wash ones hands repeatedly. OCD can consume both a patient and their lives. It is considered a ‘learned’ condition that originates from the sufferer’s childhood; in particular times of great stress the sufferer will perform the action to relieve stress. As it is a fairly severe condition many treatments have been developed, among them hypnosis. In the case of OCD hypnosis works by delving into the patient’s unconscious and removing any links they have between the action (e.g. washing hands) and the relief of stress thus encouraging them to find better ways of removing stress.
7) Alcoholism, smoking and other drug addictions
Similar to OCD addictions such as alcoholism are simply a psychological link between a stimulant (e.g. alcohol) and a positive feeling. However addictions aren’t as deeply embedded into the mind. This means that they are far easier to treat and often can be done with self- hypnosis tapes as opposed to a trained hypnotherapist.