Discuss the Relationship Between Stress, Anxiety, Habits and Phobias and Describe How You Would Treat These Issues with Hypnotherapy.


        Stress, anxiety, habits and phobias all form part of the human experience and are linked to one another by conditions that come down to what our minds are capable of doing to us, especially when it might involve losing our sense of reason.
I feel there will be common requests for hypnotherapy for treatment related to stress, anxiety, habits and phobias. An understanding of the relationship between these disorders, examining the similarities and the differences between each, will provide me (the therapist) with information useful in deciding how and if to treat these disorders. It could also be argued that the uniqueness of each client and each set of symptoms demands the therapist to review each case on a one to one basis and not to blur the boundaries between each of these types of disorders, which may in turn result in a less effective form of treatment being provided. Each of these disorders is discussed below, along with mention of any similarities and differences, as well as the considerations that need to be made in the treatment of these disorders.
We all undergo some form of stress and anxiety, in our work environment and even with friends and family. We also like to push our boundaries with visits to fun fairs and horror films. But these are typically acceptable forms that can occur quite frequently e.g. having to meet a deadline at work and allow us to get used to having moments of increased pressure on our psyche.
But the problems increase when our anxieties become more severe and develop into phobias and negative habits.
Understanding Stress
The term stress was first employed in a biological context by the endocrinologist Hans Selye in the 1930s. In his usage stress refers to a condition and stressor to the stimulus causing it. Selye researched the effects of stress on rats and other animals by exposing them to unpleasant or harmful stimuli. He found that all animals display a similar sequence of reactions, manifesting in...