#5: Anxiety & Panic Attacks

As a medical condition, we want to first point out that anyone experiencing anxiety attacks, panic attacks, chest pain or any of the symptoms of an anxiety disorder need to be working with a medical doctor or mental health professional before deciding to use self-hypnosis as a treatment or tool.

However, Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis are becoming increasingly popular in the treatment and management of these disorders, and for good reasons.

First, as you now know, Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis work by inducing a trance state characterized by increased relaxation, imagination and suggestibility.

The relaxation component alone is enough to help many people who suffer from certain forms of anxiety. Practicing progressive relaxation, breathing techniques, "counting down" and other parts of the Hypnotic Induction can help you calm down, stop the over-production of stress hormones, and avoid a full on anxiety attack, especially when those patients can use their Hypnotic training before the stress and anxiety boil over into a full blown attack.

Again, while self-hypnosis can be a powerful tool for many people who suffer from anxiety, it can't be stressed enough that it's only one tool, and it's not for everyone.

There are literally hundreds of reasons (if not thousands) why any given person might be experiencing anxiety, including but not limited to stress, PTSD, prescription side effects, stimulant abuse, cardiac problems, anemia, ulcerative colitis, depression, schizophrenia, withdrawal, and many more.

Talking to a doctor about the reasons behind an anxiety attack is the first step to finding the root cause. And depending on the cause of the anxiety, Self-Hypnosis or other meditative relaxation techniques can be immensely powerful in helping stop the anxiety and return life to normal.

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