For agoraphobia, or fear of places where escape may not be possible, hypnosis is a wonderful treatment. Agoraphobia affects about 1 person in 20. Sometimes it is a temporary disorder and sometimes it grows into a complete fear of being in a crowd or a fear of being outside. This can grow to the point that the person can not bring himself or herself to leave the comfort and security of their own home. For those who suffer with this phobia, a crowd could consist of a crowd as little as 3 or 4 people.
The most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines the criteria for mental disorders. One of these disorders is agoraphobia which is an anxiety about being in places or situations that include being outside the home alone, in a crowd, standing in a line, traveling in a moving vehicle, or crossing a bridge. The agoraphobic avoids being in these situations at all costs.
Agoraphobia hypnotherapy does wonders with this challenge. This fear is most often rooted in the subconscious mind. The feelings of fear may be based on a past event and an irrational expectation that something bad will happen if the person goes out to a public place. However, the subconscious mind does not judge the fear; it is simply trying to protect its host. In fact the subconscious mind does not differentiate between reality and imagination.
A certified hypnotist can help change the subconscious minds perspective of the event that is the root cause of the fear. In doing so, the fear can be eliminated easily and quickly. Since the initial sensitizing event has a limiting and negative effect on the client, it is essential that it is reframed by the hypnotherapist. Afterwards, suggestive therapy can be utilized to further assist the client.
Fear of open spaces hypnosis is a good example of how hypnosis can alter the subconscious mind. Somewhere, hiding in the psyche, there are fears and feelings that convince agoraphobics that there is danger lurking in open spaces. The body accepts this analysis and responds with the usual fear based reactions. Adrenalin starts pumping and all the attendant body reactions take place as if there was a real danger about to descend on the person.
If you have never experienced this fear, think about this scenario. You are walking along the sidewalk and look up to see a runaway truck heading straight for you. Imagine the sensations you might feel. You may experience dry mouth, heart pounding, and / or blind panic. Now imagine if you felt that way when you stepped into an open space. For the agoraphobic, the sensation is almost identical to what you might be subjected to as that truck is heading for you.
Agoraphobia hypnotherapy is the most effective way to get the source of the problem. Your subconscious mind needs to be accessed so that the underlying sensations that feed into your fear are realigned. With the low brain wave patterns induced by hypnosis, a good hypnotist can relax you and help transform the fear based memories in your mind into appropriate and less frightening beliefs.
This fear may be in an hour or in a few sessions. However, the level of panic can be reduced during the first hypnosis session and even this small step forward can improve a client's life. Each agoraphobia hypnosis session can move them closer and closer to freedom from fear of crowds and open spaces.