It’s clear that anxiety disorders are very difficult to treat. People who have anxiety disorders often have minds that are more or less structured to be more anxious. Many people who have anxiety disorders have been that way throughout their entire lives, and they’re just trying to figure out how they can cope with them now. While some people will try to take medication for these disorders, it’s often difficult to find a form of medication that will work for each individual patient, because all patients really are different.
The connection between hypnosis and anxiety disorders is complicated, and it’s being studied at present in the field of psychology. It seems that a lot of people who have anxiety disorders are benefiting from hypnotherapy for a lot of different reasons. It can be difficult for people who have anxiety disorders to convince themselves that they’re actually safe, because they never truly feel safe. Hypnotherapy can help people absorb that idea in a way that might really work.
Just talking to people who have anxiety disorders is never enough. Many people already know intellectually that their phobias are not rational. They might know that the heightened levels of anxiety are actually counterproductive. It’s important to truly try to change the way they feel, and just talking to them over and over again really won’t get that done. Hypnosis is able to bypass many of the barriers involved with anxiety disorders, giving therapists the opportunity to change the way these patients feel on a fundamental level.
Hypnotherapy is not going to work for everyone, obviously. No form of therapy has a success rate that is that high. However, there are plenty of patients who have anxiety disorders who have been frustrated with years of unsuccessful therapy, especially when it comes to talk therapy. Being told that certain thoughts are harmful rarely helps anyone. People need to do something about those underlying emotions, and hypnosis can help.