Hypnotism As A Treatment For Claustrophobia

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People with claustrophobia have fears involving small spaces or places where it could be difficult to exit quickly, for example, elevators, trains or airplanes. Some sufferers even get claustrophobic inside MRI scanning machines. Due to their anxiety, claustrophobia sufferers tend to avoid small places. They also try to linger close to entrances or along the sides of a room, versus being in the center. Claustrophobic people typically have panic attacks when they start to feel "trapped" or enclosed. For many people, being in a tight place is as terrifying as being buried alive.

Suffering an anxiety attack in a tiny area can be an alarming experience for claustrophobic people and those around them. At the moment when a person's claustrophobia is triggered, they may experience panic attacks, shortness of breath, physical illness, fainting, and other, often intense, reactions. One may get claustrophobia at any age or due to a traumatic event, but it often starts at a young age.

Claustrophobia may be triggered by many different situations, which could vary between individuals. For instance, some sufferers might only feel nervous while riding a lift, while other people find that crowds aggravate their condition. Regardless of the specific situation, claustrophobia and similar phobias often negatively affect people's lives and personal happiness. Phobia sufferers may become avoidant and experience a decreased quality of life as they center their activities around their phobia.

For several claustrophobes, the aspect of embarrassment over their fears is as difficult as the the phobic condition itself. Some people know that their feelings are exaggerated and irrational, but cannot seem to maintain their self-control. This is due to the fact that phobias stem from deep within the unconscious mind, which no amount of conscious effort can be fully effective in controlling. This makes treating phobias especially challenging.

Claustrophobia is usually cured with anti-anxiety medication or therapy. Hypnosis therapy is an excellent, safe and non-invasive type of therapy with no harmful side effects. It works by targeting the deeper causes of fear in the unconscious mind to quickly eliminate a phobia. Specifically, a program that utilizes Ericksonian hypnosis techniques and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) can be used to eliminate a phobia. This novel program uses a variety of hypnotic techniques to help people fight their anxieties.

The first step in curing a phobia is helping the phobia sufferer become calm and stress-free. Hypnosis techniques have long been used as a type of relaxation therapy, to help people clear their minds and focus deeply.

Traditional hypnotic techniques have used direct, post-hypnotic suggestions to help relieve phobias. The disadvantage of the direct suggestion is that the conscious mind tends to reject being merely "told" how to behave. Many people put up mental blocks to acceptance of suggestions. In this day and age, people of all ages are particularly prone to ignore direct suggestions because we tend to be independent thinkers who question everything.

Relaxation is the foundation of hypnotherapy. In the tranquil state, rather than using post-hypnotic suggestions, a different approach called systematic desensitization can often help cure a phobia using visual imagery.

Ericksonian hypnosis therapy uses a more innovative approach than traditional hypnosis. It uses indirect suggestions concealed in interesting metaphors and stories to engage the unconscious mind and persuade it to adopt a desirable, phobia-free line of thinking. Because indirect suggestions are not required to be adapted for a specific phobia like direct post-hypnotic suggestions do, a single good Ericksonian hypnotic therapy program can work to successfully cure any phobia or even more than one phobia at a time.

NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, is a unique type of therapy that several highly trained hypnotherapists have begun to use. The best NLP technique for curing a phobia is known as the Visual - Kinesthetic Disassociation, also called V/K. The V/K is called the single session phobia cure, and for good reason. Irrational or panic reactions (attacks) take place because traumatic feelings are associated with and aggravated by mental images. With the V/K, the traumatic feelings are disassociated from the mental images - often in merely one session, and the fear is virtually extinguished.

Those struggling with claustrophobia can attain rapid relief using hypnosis therapy. The combination of Ericksonian hypnosis therapy with NLP techniques can help anyone fight their fears. Hypnosis therapy has helped many people feel safe and secure doing activities where before, they would have suffered a breakdown. The techniques of hypnosis therapy have provided incredible benefits for sufferers of phobias and continue to improve lives every day.

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