Social Anxiety Disorder Defined

Do you know anyone who suffices from social anxiety disorder? If you are not sure what it is, it's a fear or apprehension of being around other people. This can be a debilitating thing for some folks, and even cause outright panic attacks in others. Mostly it causes people to become systematic and avoid others near to the point of being hermits, which is a frightening situation for them indeed.

We all feel at some point in our lives that we're being judged, it's pretty hard not to in some cases such as our jobs. But if you have social anxiety disorder it's more like you feel as if you are being evaluated, judged, and maybe even humilated by everyone around you. When they are by themselves they feel just fine, but even the thought of having to go out in public can cause a fearful reaction.

How widespread is social anxiety disorder? Exact figures are uncertain, but some calculate that it's the third most common psychological disorder in the country behind only depression and alcoholism. At any one time, approximately 7-8% of the population suffers from this common syndrome. The worst part is, many never seek help until their lives become too difficult to manage, which in certain cases is very late in life.

What are the symptoms of social anxiety disorder? In many people they include things such as racing heartbeat, sweating, clammy hands, and genuine feeling that something really bad is about to happen. They know in their minds that this is not a rational fear, but nonetheless it looks very real while it's happening to them.

The good news is there is help in overcoming social anxiety disorder with certain types of behavioral therapy. Of course the main thing is to recognize the problem first, and identify it so that it can be treated. In many cases this disorder is not identified correctly or is brushed off as something that a person should just “deal with” themselves. This is not the correct way to treat it. Going to a qualified psychologist or therapist is the best way to cope with social anxiety, and they use something called cognitive-behavioral therapy in most cases. Practicing real life situations that make a person fearful in public, only while in a private setting, can gradually help them overcome their fears. Also for many a group therapy setting is very conducive to overcoming these fears, since they are aware that other people are feeling the same thoughts and working together to resolve the problem. Either way, find something that works best for you and deal with the problem as soon as possible.

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Overcoming Arachnophobia

The Difference Between Fear and Phobia

No matter who you are, we are all afraid of certain things. When fear controls parts of your life it is often a phobia. The term Arachnophobia is described as an ellogical fear of spiders. This fear of spiders can be controlled with certain methods. Capitalise on these methods and begin to enjoy life. Everybody is scared of something. We are just different, and so we are afraid of different things. Some are scared of certain animals, others by the dark. Some people are afraid of losing people they love, some are afraid of being hurt. While a fear is not easily overcome, you should try to face it, or it could take control, and the fear could become a phobia.

A phobia is an overwhelming fear of certain things, including but not limited to:

• people,
• places,
• insects,
• or objects.

When a fear is unreasonably avoided, it may be a phobia. This way of life can have a negative impact on a person's lifestyle. Extreme fear will put limits to what an individual can achieve.

About Spiders

By nature, spiders are not attractive creatures. Many spiders can be large, furry and venomous. At the sight of them, it takes extra effort to muster up the courage to whack them with a shoe. Now let's take a detailed look at arachnophobia, or the phobia of spiders. Statistically, half of women and a tenth of men have arachnophobia.

So what exactly causes this kind of fear?

• It may have been observed from parents, influenced by friends or suddenly triggered by a traumatic event. In particular it can begin during childhood, triggered by a distressing experience.
• A person with arachnophobia may often see another with a fear of spiders, or experienced a spider bite.
• Stories and myths about arachnids are often scary and untrue.

It really is not easy to trace the cause of phobia when any kind of phobia, including arachnophobia, can appear suddenly, giving no warning as to when it appeared. There is good news though, this fear can be conquered. The first method is to gradually expose the person to what they are afraid of, allowing them to familiarize themselves with the fear. This method must be done slowly and may take some time. One of the most important things to do is to request help and there before start to take control of your emotions. There are many others with phobias and you are not alone. You deserve to live life the way you want so take that first step to overcome your fear.

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How Hypnotherapy Helps With The Fear Of Public Speaking

Like with all phobias there is a heightened or exaggerated stress response when you are about to give a talk or presentation. The stress response is better known as the fight or flight response. Although more accurately it is the fight, flight or freeze response, since a common reaction to a stress is to be virtually unable to move (or speak). The stress response is a survival mechanism that has evolved over millions of years as a reaction to a threat. It either prepares an animal to fight for its life, run like crazy or play dead. In the case of a phobia it is a distortion in your belief system that causes the reaction, rather than a response to an actual threat.

Negative or distorted beliefs can be formed either through repeated condition or after a nasty shock. For example, in the case of a fear of public speaking, there may have been an earlier episode in your life where speaking to a group addressed in some kind of humiliation. The humiliation may not have been your own either. It could have been where you witnessed someone else's embarrassment and then fear the same thing happening to you.

So how does hypnotherapy help?

There is a saying in therapy that when you change a thought you change the behavior. So by changing the thoughts you have around public speaking you change how you feel about it. Hypnotherapy helps you identify the specific beliefs that you have that are causing the phobic reaction and then helps you create new, empowered ones instead. Often just acknowledging a belief can be enough to begin the process of changing it. Other times it can be necessary to let go of emotional energy that is being held onto unconsciously.

Stuck emotional energy is like tension in the psyche. By relaxing in a specific way, which you are able to do using hypnosis, you release that energy and feel a sense of relief. In that moment it is easy to create new, accurate and positive thoughts about pubic speaking. You are able to relax and enjoy it more. Of course you still need to do basic things like rehearsing and preparation, but you are able to do those things with greater freedom and confidence once all that unconscious stress has been released.

Hypnotherapy also enables you to gain new insights into what happens when you are about to give a presentation. One of the things I help people focus on is that moment when everyone's attention focuses on them. I help people relax into that moment so they feel a sense of power and confidence rather than feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Visual imagery helps with this process a great deal as well. By visualizing yourself giving a confident talk your mind learns a new behavior pattern. It also gives you a different sense of yourself – empowered and confident rather than stressed and incompetent. This in turn helps you give a talk that is more present, spontaneous and engaging for the audience.

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Fears and Phobias – Knowing The Difference – Part 1

What are you scared or afraid of? Most, if not all of the people we know are afraid of something. It could be something 'normal', that most people refer to (like flying), or you could have a phobia of something that is really obscure (like sticky labels). So, what is the difference between errors and phobias?

What is A Fear?

A fear can be described as a powerful form of thought. It is a distracting emotion aroused by endangering danger, pain etc, whether the threat is real or imagined. As this definition states; the threat can be real or imagined – most fear is in our mind.

What is A Phobia?

A phobia is described as an intense but unrealistic fear that can interfere with the ability to socialize, work or go about everyday life, bought on by an object, event or situation. As the definition of a phobia states; it is an unrealistic fear – that means a phobia comes from our thoughts; our mind.

So What Exactly Is The Difference?

As the above descriptions show, on the surface a fear and a phobia is one on the same, however they are not really the same. A fear is seen as rational, while a phobia is a fear that has become irrational. A phobia is an abnormal fear of something – usually something that we have no logical reason to be afraid of. As both a fear and a phobia are fueled by our imagination, both can be seen as having a level of irrationality in them. So, to see the difference, you can pick up on other clues.

Other Factors to Help Distinguish Between a Fear and a Phobia

The terminology being used to describe the fear or phobia offers a handy clue in deciding which one it is. Someone who has a phobia will often begin by saying “I know it's silly but …” “They are aware of the fact that what they are feeling with a phobia is mostly irrational. For example, if you are afraid of flying, you may have heard about a plane crash in the past, that people died on. You then base your fear of flying on this information. You then build on this fear by imagining the event, how you would feel etc, and you decide it's not safe – so you will drive everywhere in future. The real facts are there are more deaths as a result of car accidents, than there are of flying.

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Fears and Phobias – Knowing The Difference – Part 2

Most, if not all of the people we know are afraid of something. It could be something 'normal', that most people refer to (like flying), or you could have a phobia of something that is really obscure (like sticky labels). In Part 2 of this article on fears and phobias, we continue to show how to distinguish between errors and phobias.

Other Factors to Help Distinguish Between a Fear and a Phobia

Another example is someone who has a phobia of snakes. In the United Kingdom, there is a slight risk of seeing a snake on a warm sunny day. The snake may not hear you approaching, and you may end up stepping on it in bare feet and getting bitten. The likelihood is very small. Now the person who has a fear of snakes might let this escalate and, in turn, may not even be able to see a picture of a snake in a magazine or on the television, without breaking into a cold sweat.

What Causes A Fear To Become A Phobia?

The reason a fear is allowed to become a phobia is down to our subconscious mind. Our conscious mind filters all the information we read and see through to our subconscious mind. Our subconscious accepts everything. The subconscious mind creates and makes things happen, but it is unable to differentiate between what is good and bad for us. It is the conscious mind that can differentiate between the two. So, we watch television or read a magazine and our conscious mind accepts the news and creates a picture of the situation. Our subconscious mind then stores the picture with an attached emotion deep inside our mind. If the emotion attached is fear, it can be difficult to detach the feeling from the image.

What Can You Do To Help Yourself?

Ideally, you would not allow any fears or phobias to get into our subconscious mind. You would stay optimistic and focus on, and cultivate more, positive feelings. In reality, this is not always easy, so if you are not happy, try to find something positive to focus on – no matter how small – as focusing on how unhappy you feel will only make you feel worse.

Visualize yourself in a happier place or situation. Imagine how you feel when you achieve what you want to achieve. See yourself possessing what you want and hold on to that feeling. This may prove difficult at first, however it will become easier the more you practice it.

This will lead you to attracting more of the positive things you want and you will also feel better as a whole. Charging yourself with positive energy will help prevent fears and phobias taking a hold in the first place.

If you start to notice you are fearful about a specific thing, nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand. Rationalize what you are fearful of and, if possible, actually face the fear head on. As a popular book title states “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”.

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How to Beat Agoraphobia With Subliminal Messages

It's typical for people to develop some butterflies in the stomach when they're in a huge crowd and in an open space. You would become very nervous if you're not used to it. However, it's a totally different thing if it happens all the time. Whenever there are plenty of people, you suddenly freeze, and your heart starts beating really fast. You can not keep your focus straight, you're sweating profusely, and you feel like you're going to hyperventilate. If you talk, you're going to stutter.

If this is you, then you're suffering from agoraphobia.

Agoraphobia is defined as a mental anxiety disorder. It is a phobia characterized by an intense fear of being in an open and usually crowded space. A person with agoraphobia feet less in control of his or her environment. He or she thinks that there's no other way out just in case something bad happens.

There are plenty of reasons why a person develops agoraphobia, but normally it has something to do with traumatic experiences. You might have been embarrassed by a lot of people, or you might have experienced a terrible attack while in a public area, such as a restaurant or a school. If not, you witnessed someone experiencing something really bad while in these open spaces. You may have forgotten about these experiences, but they are manifesting themselves by panic attacks whenever you are in an open space.

Using Affirmations to End Agoraphobia

If you're suffering from agoraphobia or any panic attack, you're actually prescribed by your physician to take certain medications. However, if you're going to be fully dependent on the drugs, you may become dependent on them. That's why you need to combine both alternative and conventional treatments. One of the ways on how to deal with agoraphobia is through subliminal messages or affirmations. Here's an example on how you can use them:

Listen to a series of affirmations or subliminal messages designed to beat agoraphobia. You would know it because they may contain lines such as the following:

I am not afraid to be with people.

I am confident being in open spaces.

I am bigger than my fear of people and public spaces.

You can download these subliminal messages and keep them in your mp3 player, or you can watch videos. You just need to do these things regularly, because you need to put them into your subconscious.

While you're listening or watching, you can do your visualization. You can imagine yourself being in an open space and surrounded by a lot of people. Imagine them welcoming you into their gathering. Feel their love and support while you're being surrounded by them. Another exercise is to go back to root cause of your fear or panic attack. This time, think of it in a positive way. For instance, if you have been embarrassed, you can visualize yourself receiving a lot of accolades from your audience.

You can practice affirmations and visualizations all by yourself, but if you need some help, do not be afraid to approach a therapist.

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Conquering Your Phobias With Subliminal Message Videos

Everybody has fears. You may be afraid of losing your family, your material holdings, or your own life. You are afraid of the dark, too much work, and problems you think you could not handle. You can be fearful of both small and big things.

Fear is normal. It is not if it overtakes your life. Fear can be very overpowering and manipulative. If you allow it to grow, it will eat you up and immobilize you. You avoid the things that can cause you to be fearful. For example, if you're afraid of heights, you would not want to work in tall buildings or ride a plane. If you do not like death, you would be very cautious when riding a bus or a car. You could not sleep at night, afraid that someone might come barging in and hurt you.

But what can you do to reduce or even eliminate your phobia? Here's a good tip: watch subliminal videos.

What It Can Do

Subliminal messages can be interpreted in different ways. They are sometimes defined as hidden messages and are often found in songs and movies. But in this case we associate subliminal messages with affirmations.

Affirmations are positive statements. These are empowering words you speak, think, or listen to, in the hope that they can change your negative mind-set to a positive one. That's why if you feel sad, you do not wallow in self-pity and say, “I am so depressed.” Otherwise, you feel more of the emotion. Instead, you say, “I have a lot of reasons to be happy.” Just by thinking about it, you become motivated to enjoy life more.

Subliminal messages help you conquer your phobias by changing your fears into sources of strengths. They allow you to go above the challenge and beat them. And when you do, you feel proud of yourself and you start to feel you can actually do anything.

Here are some of the affirmations you can use to get rid of your phobias:

  • I am brave and strong.
  • I am in control of the things around me.
  • Life is too short to dwell on my fears.
  • I would not let opportunities pass by because of my fears.

There are many ways on how to obtain affirmations or subliminal messages. One of these is through videos. By combining sounds, texts, and images you would be able to absorb the messages a lot faster and more effectively.

Plenty of these videos contain instrumentals or soothing sounds, so you would be very relaxed and comfortable. This is necessary since the subliminal messages should go into your subconscious mind. You can not tap into it if you're too stressed or not relaxed.

If you do not get the messages right away, do not feel bad. In fact, do not blame yourself or be frustrated. It is very natural. It takes a while before your subconscious mind can retain these affirmations. Thus, you need to watch these videos as often as you can. But once they do penetrate your subconscious, it would not be long before your conscious mind is influenced by positive thoughts.

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Fear of Germs Hypnosis

Mysophobia hypnosis has emerged as the best cure for the fear of germs, or mysophobia. The diagnosis of the pathological fear of germs began with Dr. William Alexander Hammond in 1879. One of his patients who had an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) kept washing his hands. It turns out that the patient saw germs everywhere and the concept of mysophobia was born.

Also referred to as germaphobia, mysophobia has other designations as well. There is also bacillophobia and bacteriophobia. The bottom line is that all of these refer to a fear of germs. As well as the fear of germs, there is also the fear of dirt. Fear of germs hypnosis has been proved to be quite successful in treating this disorder. OCD is a complex condition and it is easy to incorrectly assume that a compulsive need to wash the hands and mysophobia is one and the same.

There is a distinct difference that needs to be addressed. It is important to make the distinction between hand washing to deal with germs and a compulsive need to wash your hands. There are different levels and forms of “dirt” ranging from literal dirt to bacteria, bacilli, and germs. People with OCD who continuously wash their hands are focused on keeping their hands germ free. There is an odd feature to this as in recent years there is more emphasis on keeping our hands clean and germ free. Suddenly, a lot more people are using hand sanitizer on a regular basis and what might have once considered a move towards OCD is now the norm.

Yet there is still a big distinction between following proven health directives like sanitizing your hands, and washing them endlessly to avoid germs. Fear of germs hypnotherapy or mysophobia hypnosis is one of the best ways to deal with the dilemma when it is clear that a phobia is present. It is easier to cloak the obsessive nature of being germ free when everyone is washing their hands on an ongoing basis.

Fear of germs hypnotherapy takes you into the inner sanctum of your mind where your hypnotherapist can guide your subconscious mind to the realization that it is healthy to be clean but it is debilitating to go too far and wash your hands beyond what is necessary. Mysophobia hypnosis allows the therapist to guide you through the maze of being healthy as opposed to being inhibited by the overwhelming fear of germ.

By accessing the subconscious mind, a certified hypnotist can give powerful and positive suggestions that will enable the client to naturally and easily overcome this fear. In addition, the source or initial sensitizing event can be identified and cleared. The combination of suggestive therapy and the clearing of the initial limiting memory will allow the client to begin a new fear free chapter of their life.

If you or someone you know sufferers from germaphobia, fear of germs hypnotherapy may be able to help. Seek out a hypnotist that specializes in phobia removal and has had success helping clients overcome bacteriophobia.

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Agoraphobia Hypnosis

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.

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Social Phobia Hypnosis

Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is the largest of all the phobias and the third largest mental health care issue. We're talking globally here. That is how large a problem social anxiety is. On average, 7 percent of the population sufferers social anxiety. Some are harder hit than others. Social phobia hypnosis is a prime treatment for the disorder. The chance of social phobia affects you is about 13 percent over your lifetime.

This phobia can be debilitating. A person may be fully functioning and feeling great in every other way but the idea of ​​attending a social gathering puts him or her in panic mode. There is a range of fears. For some the idea of ​​being introduced to other people drives them into panic mode. For others, the social situation has to be more demanding such as having to give a speech before they panic.

No one likes to be criticized and few people like being watched while they work or talk on the phone and this can irritate most of us. This does not mean that we are necessarily suffering with a phobia. However, when you experience social fright, these possible interactions are enough to keep you from leaving the house.

When you are able to interact with people, it can make you very lonely. People do not get to know you and they view you as shy and unfriendly. This makes it difficult for you to have friends who can visit and socialize with you. Your fear of social situations is so pervasive that you spend a great deal of time alone.

For fear of social situations, social phobia hypnosis is the answer. Medication can alleviate some of the anxiety but there are side effects. In addition, it is not entirely effective because the point is not to mask and muffle the feelings of panic, but to remove the unhealthy patterns from your subconscious mind and replace them with healthy feelings about social situations.

Fear of social situations hypnotherapy helps to give a new perspective to the buried experiences and memories of the client's subconscious mind that prompted the disorder in the first place. This in conjuncture with suggestive therapy can allow the social phobia sufferer to move beyond the debilitating fear quickly and easily. The client emerges at the end of a successful therapy session relieved of anxiety and feeling far more confident and positive about life.

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Fear of Spiders Hypnosis

Hypnosis is an extremely effective treatment for arachnophobia. If you suffer arachnophobia you already know what it is. For those who do not, arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Hypnotherapy works wonders when it comes to phobias but with a specific phobia such as this one, it is very successful and usually helps the sufferer overcome the fear quite quickly.

While it is healthy to fear some bugs because they are deadly, a generic fear of spiders is unreasonable. If a spider can not hurt you, why fear it? The deadly spiders are easily recognizable. And yet, some people go into panic mode at the very thought of spiders. It might not seem like a big deal to those who are fine with spiders but to a person with a spider phobia, this is anything but funny.

The overwhelming fear may come from the historic view of these tiny creatures. They were blamed for many illnesses including the Bubonic Plague (which was in the 1300's). Even before that spiders were considered carriers of disease. With this kind of reputation being passed down over the centuries, it is not surprising that there is a natural apprehension about the 8-legged creatures.

With this fear, a child may be preconditioned by his or her parents to fear bugs. If something happens and the parents overreact, the child picks up on this terror. Any number of things can happen that allow the early fear to become a full-blown phobia.

There are treatments such as systematic desensitization where a therapist will guide the person through a series of encounters with spiders until the person is able to accept spiders as harmless. Sometimes this may even involve a virtual reality of sorts, where the person can experience the feel of spiders walking on their arm or hand without being exposed to spiders.

While this may work, it is a stressful experience. Fear of spiders hypnotherapy can achieve positive results without the stress. It is no longer necessary for the client to have to struggle with desensitization when hypnotherapy is available.

In dealing with this fear, hypnosis can work in an as little as an hour. With that said, one should expect results in on average 3 sessions. Because this is such a specific phobia, the hypnotist can guide you into the recesses of your mind and change your perception so that all the terror of spiders is removed. The early buried memories and beliefs about spiders will be reframed so that they are no longer instill a paralyzing fear in your mind.

If you have a fear of bugs, you owe it to yourself to learn more about how hypnosis can help.

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Fear of Thunder and Lightning Hypnosis

Astraphobia is a fear of thunder and lightning. Brontophobia is the name for fear of thunder. For a phobia to be recognized to the point of having a specific medical term for it, the phobia likely has an impact on a great number of people. Luckily fear of thunder hypnosis and fear of lightning hypnosis are similar in technique so if you fear either or both, then the same hypnotherapy program will be effective. The symptoms of astraphobia include panic, terror, dread, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, anxiety and trembling.

There is an atavistic element in being afraid of storms. From the days of cave people, there was a good healthy understanding that the elements can kill people and that a storm can destroy your home, the vegetation around you, and negatively impact your surroundings. Even today, with all the technology the world has at its fingertips, severe weather can decimate towns and cities.

It is no surprise to find that astraphobia is the third most common phobia. It usually begins in childhood. Sometimes however, it may not emerge as a fear until adulthood. There have been instances of people being stuck and killed by lightning. If this happened to someone near you, lighting could easily become a terrifying experience.

Because fear of thunder and lighting is a natural human condition for a child to experience, it does not begin as phobia. With a calm adult presence, the fear can be contained from the very beginning. Acknowledgment of the weather conditions and then distraction to a more pleasant activity is the ideal way to cope with lightning and thunder. However, if the adults are nervous about thunder and lighting, then the child will pick up on that fear and the seeds of the phobia are then planted.

It is difficult to separate out the two factors – the thunder and the lightning – so that the actual element that causes the fear is discernible. Since thunder is followed by lighting, usually within seconds, the fear that sets could be for the thunder or it could be simply that the thunder is a precursor to lighting and the fear is just anticipation of the fear. Treatment for both thunder and lighting is the best approach.

Astraphobia is not diagnosed until it has been present for more than 6 months. The sooner treatment begins, the sooner the issue is resolved. Thunder hypnotherapy and Lightning hypnotherapy can access the subconscious and re-pattern the way a client responses. Using regression, the initial sensitizing event can be identified and the perception of that event can be changed. This in combination with suggestive therapy can remove the fear quickly and easily.

People who have astraphobia or brontophobia may experience physical symptoms like shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and trembling as soon as they hear the first rumble of thunder. They may also be preoccupied with the weather report during rainy seasons. Hypnosis for Fear of thunder and lightning can eliminate these fears so that the weather no longer provokes feelings of panic or dread.

If you or someone you know has a fear of thunder and / or lightning, hypnosis might be the best treatment option.

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Overcome a Phobia With Hypnosis

Utilizing hypnosis it is possible to overcome a phobia or fear quickly and easily. For many people phobia hypnosis may be the only effective treatment. While phobia hypnotherapy is extremely effective, it does require 2-4 sessions to identify the initial sensitizing event and to help the client over it.

Phobias tend to result from three main life events or experiences. They include trauma, parental impact on childhood, or observing something terrifying. These factors can cover a very wide range of experiences. The hardest phobias to overcome are those hidden benefit layers of subconscious memories. The trigger for the phobia may be difficult to determine using conventional therapy, but it is a relatively simple area to pinpoint when utilizing anxiety hypnotherapy.

Various triggers can set off your fear, but your reaction in some instances can be delayed so that you react to something else entirely. Often times, clients are surprised to discover what the actual sensitizing event is, because at face value does not seem to have a direct connection to the fear. There is always a connection but it may not be apparent initially.

This is where hypnosis comes in gently as a treatment for phobias. Hypnosis can take you past the critical thinking part of your mind into the subconscious. Every memory you ever had was stored in this part of your mind.

Some of the memories might be dream memories or suppressed memories. People are quick to point out that a phobia does not make sense or that it is ellogical. However, it does make sense at the subconscious level. The subconscious mind is actually trying to protect its host. When hypnosis taps into your subconscious mind; the sensitizing event can be identified and reframed.

Hypnosis can manipulate memories so that the trauma attached to them is moved into the light of day. This allows the client to come to terms with it. Utilizing hypnosis, clients can learn to overcome fears and phobias. About 3.7 percent of the population is clinically diagnosed with a phobia. The root cause of the fear reasonably stems from a childhood experience. This experience must be reframed so that the subconscious mind understands that the flight response is no longer necessary.

Unfortunately some fears can negatively affect your life. For some people the phobias are paralyzing. For others they manifest themselves in anxiety. Left untreated the anxiety can blossom into a full-blown phobia. Anxiety hypnosis is a powerful tool for introducing positive and life changing suggestions into the subconscious.

Anxiety hypnotherapy can offer immediate relief from the debilitating terrors that control your life. Your anxiety and phobias can be overcome reliably quickly. In fact, hypnosis has been known to help clients overcome fears in as little as one session. Bear in mind however, that the average number of anxiety hypnosis sessions required to overcome a fear is probably closer to three sessions.

If someone you know sufferers from a phobia, it may be beneficial for them to consider phobia hypnotherapy as a solution. It is always a good idea to seek out a certified hypnotist who specializes in helping people overcome debilitating fears.

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Taking Care Of Phobias

It's one thing to be mildly fearful when entering situations that are potentially dangerous to you or a loved one. It's another to be terrified a lot of the time, even when there seems to be nothing overtly there that's worrisome. When that happens over and over again, you know you have a phobia that needs to be deal with. Otherwise, it is not just being fearful that's the problem.

You could be paralleled by some anxiety by fears that have no basis in reality. There are many ways you can find relief and you just have to find the one that works for you and stick with it. Some people swear by medication. They go to the doctor and they get a prescription for an anxiety medication and then after a couple of weeks they find that they're able to respond to life in a much better frame of mind. Some people, though, do not find the right medication right away and need to have them adjusted to find the right combination.

There are also people who 'suffer from side effects that can be annoying or dangerous in themselves and so do not want to be on medicine. There's also talk therapy. Sometimes the source of your problem lies in fears that accrued, often unconsciously, in your past. Having someone to plumb the depths with is a way to get these out and diffuse them. Diffusing them gives them much less energy and power over your life and decisions.

Some people actually go for hypnosis to do this. They diffuse the fears by having the therapist go directly to the unconscious to plumb them and release them. The unconscious will speak directly under hypnosis, which saves a lot of time that you have to be in talk therapy or asserts the talk therapy. Another technique is to relax through meditation so that your phobia does not take first place in your life.

You can stop focusing on the things that can be scary when you breathe deeply and let the obsession on fear go. People may think meditation is difficult or esoteric, but it's really quite accessible to anyone. All you have to do is sit or lie down and watch your breath without forcing any arrival. Let your body relax slowly. Many people today have phobias and severe anxiety.

It's something of an epidemic, so do not let yourself be embarrassed by your condition, as it's being discussed everywhere in the media and there are many possible remedies. The thing is to pick a way to go with treatment and then stick with it. Just have patience, though, as no one treatment is a magic bullet and you'll have to give it time to work. Sometimes, though, if you're willing to do the work on yourself, your phobia will be a thing of the past.

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MRI Fear Resolved With EFT

Many people hate enclosed spaces and avoid elevators, walk-in closets and MRI scans. There is something about having to get an MRI that triggers claustrophobia in a large segment of the population. This is a real problem for nurses and technicians who struggle with frantic patients. Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT, is an energy healing tool that can help patients have a positive MRI experience.

In December 2010, “Magnolia” a spunky seventy year old woman in great health scheduled a session to work on a specific fear: she had been migraines and her doctor recommended an MRI to rule out a brain tumor. She was terrified of being inside the machine and having to lie very still.

She said she did not like to be in tight, closed spaces and did not want to do it!

We had been working together for some time with EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, and we had already worked on her fear of illness and of brain cancer. We worked through a childhood episode of accidentally being locked up in a closet for two hours; we also worked on her fear of heights and on a spider phobia. This session was specific to the claustrophobia and anxiety she felt about having an MRI scan.

Interestingly enough, as soon as I asked her to imagine herself inside the MRI machine, she could not do it. We tapped on her fear of having to do the test; she wanted to be ready and relaxed for the scan and was having a hard time “imagining being in that situation.”

I retrieved a big cardboard box from the garage, put a pillow for her head inside it and invited her to get into the box. As soon as she was lying down inside the box she was flooded with emotions and sensations! Magnolia was very agitated and was sure “they” would not let her have a pillow and be comfortable.

We tapped for her anxiety; she described it as “pressure” in her chest. When we bought the intensity down for that, she noticed she felt nausea. We tapped on the nausea and it disappeared. Now she felt tightness in her head. We tapped on that and it disappeared. She could not close her eyes because she was going to suffocate; in a couple of rounds that was gone.

In EFT we call these shifting symptoms “Chasing the Pain.” As we deal with a physical manifestation, in my experience, we are actually addressing and taking care of the emotional issue behind it.Other sensations and feelings that came up for her were: itching, shallow breathing and generalized anxiety. We tapped for each one of them. She needed a pillow under her legs, and believed “they” would not want me to be comfortable. Usually the technicians do want you to be comfortable, it makes them work easier. We worked with that belief until she was confident that she was comfortable and could be so during the actual scan. I suggested she try sleeping, and we worked on her belief that she “could never fall sleep in that box.”

After 40 minutes of working, Magnolia closed her eyes, breathed deep and said, “It's just a box; they're just going to take pictures!” We then worked on the sounds she would be hearing. She tapped as she listened to a recording of MRI sounds. She does not have an iPod or MP3 player that she could take to the scan, but she does have earplugs.

At the end of our session, she was almost asleep inside the box! Of course, that was just a box and it was in my office, but she now felt confident that the scan would go well. Two weeks later Magnolia called to tell me that she had had her scan and she had been very relaxed and had fallen sleep! Oh, and everything was clear!

If you are fearful about having an MRI, we can help. EFT and “tapping” stand for Emotional Freedom Techniques ; download my free booklet “Tap into Your Power with EFT!” from my website to learn more about it.

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