Discuss the relationship between stress, anxiety, habits and phobias and describe how you would treat these issues with hypnotherapy. Stress Stress can result from many factors and can be a short term or long term problem. Some level of stress is normal and should not be confused with levels of that become debilitating and affect ones everyday functioning. In fact some stress is necessary in order to ensure that we are operating at optimum. Frustration, anger or feelings of anxiety can cause stress. Whilst it is common for stress to be caused by outside factors such as unmanagable workload or demanding children it can be a learned behavior picked up from our parents. We see how the inﬂuential adults deal with situations and we assume that this is appropriate, thus we ﬁnd ourselves stressed by the same things and unable to ﬁnd a way of reducing the impact without help. There are six different types of stress which increase in seriousness from Hypostress which is effectively having insufﬁcient to do or lack of stimulation resulting in boredom, Eustress which is a positive form of stress brought about by having a deadline to meet or something to complete causing the body and mind to “ramp up” activity in order to succeed. Acute stress is where heightened levels of stress begin to have physical impact, Episodic Acute stress is longer term and can have serious physical impact such as heart attack and stroke. It can be treated but will often take some months to see signiﬁcant beneﬁt. Chronic stress is a very serious state and is linked to cancer and other life threatening disease. Whilst it can be treated, due to its seriousness it can take years to treat successfully. Finally there is Traumatic stress which will usually have been brought about by a seriously stressful event or situation and will need a multi-disciplinary team to treat. When the levels of stress begin to become destructive a sufferer will begin to ﬁnd difﬁculty concentrating, planning and time management begin to deteriorate, sleep can become disturbed and sex drive can also decrease. Stress can be triggered by a speciﬁc event such as a visit to the dentist or the necessity to deliver a speech or presentation to a group of people, or it can be something which is constantly in evidence which would point to there being issues around self-esteem or inadequacy. Anxiety There is a clear link between stress and anxiety and there has been much debate about the precise deﬁnition of anxiety. In their book “Hypnotherapy - A Handbook” Heap & Dryden describe anxiety as “a learned and anticipatory response” in contrast to fear which usually has a clear identiﬁable reason such as a ﬁre alarm going off or someone threatening you with a knife. Anxiety is much more ambiguous and is driven by an unidentiﬁed sense of foreboding that something will happen and it won’t be good, although there is often no evidence or indeed justiﬁcation for these feelings.
The establishing of underlying reasons for anxiety is absolutely imperative for the ethical hypnotherapist because many of the symptoms manifest in anxiety can be caused by psychosis or speciﬁc medical conditions rather than neurosis and therefore should not be routinely treated with hypnotherapy. Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s can all present symptoms of anxiety so the initial consultation is critical in ensuring that it is neurosis that is being treated. Anxiety can sometimes result from long term stress that has not been adequately dealt with. Anxiety in the appropriate situation is actually very positive, for example if we are attacked we should most deﬁnitely feel anxious in order for our in-built “ﬁght or ﬂight” mechanism to work properly. Anxiety can be triggered by our belief system tricking us into thinking that a situation is potentially dangerous when in fact it is perfectly harmless. Our belief system is inﬂuenced by the experiences we have and the way that they impacted us at the time. For example...
...Title: “Discuss the relationshipbetweenstress, anxiety, habits and phobias and describehowyouwouldtreat these issues with hypnotherapy”
In this essay I am going to explain my understanding of stress, anxiety, habits and phobias andrelationshipbetween these. I will also explain strategies I will use in treating a client as hypnotherapist.
STRESS & ANXIET
When we think of stress following words come to mind:
- Lack of control
As a person perpetuates stress and continues to endure excessive tension, he may experience an escalating frenzy or become a candidate for stress related illness.
While certain types of stress can be good for you – such as the stress caused by a romantic encounter or the anticipation of a reward - stress that begins to debilitate or produce depression in completely undesirable. Stress is our body’s natural reaction to fear and change. There are some people who suffer from stress can identify while others will have a continual sense of...
...Discuss the relationshipbetweenstress, anxiety, habits and phobias and describehowyouwouldtreat these issues with hypnotherapy.
In order to understand the relationshipbetweenstress, anxiety, habits andphobias, it is necessary to first define what each one is and how it affects us.
Stress is a condition that most of us have experienced throughout our lives and in the main it is a positive emotion and it can help us to become motivated reaching our potential positively and productively. However, stress can also manifest itself in a negative and weakening way whereby the individual becomes overwhelmed and the balance that would normally achieve positive behaviours and actions becomes skewed - the very opposite can happen - where we are affected in a debilitating way, unable to cope with day to day actions and demands. (Module 5 notes)
Feelings of stress come from any situation in which we feel frustrated, angry or anxious and where there is a fear or a change that will take place. Stress is the result of changes that take place in your body when you are faced with a threat. This is the...
...tress and anxiety are caused by the response we have to challenging situations, situations where there is a perceived or real threat to our physical self, mental well being or perhaps our environment, lifestyle, family, job etc. Different people experience stress or anxiety for different reasons and deal or fail to deal with increased stress or anxiety levels in different ways. The feeling of stress oranxiety is our bodies reaction to fear or change – flight, fight or freeze. We feel stress or anxiety as a mechanism for avoiding dangerous situations in life ( i.e. – when predators approach) hormones flood our system preparing us to stand and defend ourselves, fight, or run away, social “rules “ prevent us from actually hitting someone or running away from a bullying boss at work and the excess of the hormones in our system drive the body into overdrive with no release causing many of the physical symptoms we experience at a moment of stress or anxiety.
However, we need a certain amount of “stress” to motivate us to do things, for example additional stress experienced because a father may need more money for better schooling may be the motivator for him to get a higher paid job, or work longer hours. However chronic stress (constant stress over along period...
...Module 5 Essay
Discuss the relationshipbetweenstress, anxiety, habits and phobias and describehowyouwouldtreat these issues with hypnotherapy
Word Count 2150
In This essay I shall describe in detail the individual elements, Stress, Anxiety,Habits and Phobias. Firstly I shall describehow these issues manifest within the subconscious, and then I shall address the relationshipbetween the conditions, and how these can come about. Following this I shall discuss the treatment process of my chosen element in more detail (anxiety).
Beginning with Stress. Stress can often over lap with anxiety, but I shall try to describe them individually before divulging into their inter-relations. The dictionary describesstress as “ a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” Stress is linked to our ‘fight of flight’ survival instinct; it has been present from our prehistoric ancestors, as a survival technique. This technique created a sense of fear, and...
...Essay: "Discuss the relationshipbetweenstress, anxiety, habits and
phobias and describehowyouwouldtreat these with hypnotherapy"
When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body's defences kick into
high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight-or-freeze” reaction, or
the stress response. The nervous system responds to threat by releasing a flood of stress
hormones, including adrenaline, adenosine triphosphate and cortisol. These hormones
rouse the body for emergency action. The heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood
pressure rises, breath quickens, and senses become sharper. These physical changes
increase strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus—
preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand. This stress response also
helps you rise to meet challenges for example presentations at work, crucial sporting
situations or when threatened by an aggressive person. The concentration is sharpened
and focus on the task in hand is increased. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being
helpful and starts causing major damage to health, mood, productivity, relationships, and
quality of life.
...Word count: 2145
Word count: 2145
Discuss the RelationshipbetweenStress, Anxiety, Habits and Phobias.
DescribeHowYouWouldTreat these Issues with Hypnotherapy
In this essay I shall try to define anxiety, stress, habits andphobias as well as explore their individual attributes and symptoms and how each may relate. I will also attempt to explain basic methodology and treatment of neurotic conditions, such as anxiety, fear and low self-esteem, highlighting any professional or ethical implications that may arise.
Stress and Anxiety
These two conditions are often associated; where one is present, the other will often be found. However, there is a clear distinction between the two and as a therapist it is crucial to be aware of this. Stress is a normal physical response to events that make a person feel threatened or upset their equilibrium in some way. When the individual senses danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response. The brain experiences stress and...
..."The components of anxiety, stress, habit, and fear do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do." - Wayne Dwyer, Self-Help Author.
By trying to establish any connections between the relationships of the above conditions, it is important to define each one individually first in order to make any form of correlation. So initially I will be looking at the symptoms of Stress - A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health, usually characterized by increased heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, muscular tension, irritability, and depression. Anxiety - A feeling of apprehension, uncertainty and fear without apparent stimulus, associated with physiological changes (tachycardia, sweating, tremor, etc). Habit - Applies to behaviour or practice so ingrained it is often done without conscious thought: A recurrent, often unconscious, pattern of behaviour that is acquired through frequent repetition. Finally we come to Phobias - A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous....
...Discuss the relationshipbetweenstress, anxiety, habits and phobias and describehowyouwouldtreat these issues with Hypnotherapy
In this paper I aim to define what stress and anxiety are and outline the differences between them. These topics form a larger part of the essay as Stress and Anxiety underpin most cases presented to a therapist. I will move onto howphobias and habits are formed. Finally covering off options available to the therapist in order to research all these issues for a given client, understand any hidden agendas, history, treatment strategies and most importantly understand where NOT to treat.
‘a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances’ (Oxford English Dictionary)
This definition shows a specific circumstance; the individual involved is experiencing stress due to an event; be it in the past, current or future tense. Whilst stress can have a negative connotation in the English language, in fact most stress is positive. It is there to protect us. The feeling of ‘stress’ is a...