Social anxiety affects as many as 40 percent of people at some point in life. Social anxiety or phobia may be described as fear of everyday situations, like standing in a queue, sitting in a group, walking down the street, visiting a public place, attending meetings, etc.
The condition can be extremely frustrating and debilitating for those suffering with the problem.
Although having a ‘flight or fight’ instinct is natural, the brain’s tendency to associate fear with social situations or stimulus that poses no danger may lead to complete withdrawal from social interactions or avoidance of particular situations. If left untreated, the problem may result in an adverse impact on your personal and professional life.
Hypnotherapy to overcome social anxiety is a relatively new concept. Recognised as a valid medical procedure, the technique has proven to be an effective approach to treat a range of medical conditions, ranging from anxiety disorders to asthma and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
How Hypnotherapy Works
Just like other types of anxiety, social anxiety or phobia may be linked to certain past events. When we encounter the same event, our brain gets activated and provokes physical and emotional reactions to avoid the situation. For example, if you have had a bad interaction experience, you may associate the experience with intense anxiety and related symptoms.
Hypnotherapy aims to identify and separate your brain’s fear responses from the stimulus or external events. Rather than addressing the problem itself, the technique attempts to resolve the underlying causes of the problem ingrained in the subconscious state of mind to train your brain and body to generate more controlled responses.
Facing Your Fears
We tend to avoid what we fear. The more you avoid something, the more fear around it increases. Hypnotherapy helps you overcome the challenge by introducing you to the anxiety-causing situation. This technique is called exposure therapy.
In this type of therapy, the person is exposed more and more to situations that scare them. The idea is to make you experience your fears and survive it through gradual exposure or flooding to inhibit negative response system.
Is Hypnotherapy Safe?
Hypnotherapy, when conducted by a qualified practitioner, can be one of the safest ways to get rid of social anxiety and phobias. The therapy is performed in a controlled condition, allowing the sufferer to face fear-inducing situations in a safe and relaxed state.
Thing to Consider Before Going for Hypnotherapy
Before you enter into a hypnotherapy program, it is important that you receive a diagnosis from a mental health professional to ensure the right treatment of the condition. Besides this, make sure that the hypnotherapist you are choosing is a licensed professional with appropriate training in hypnotherapy.
Looking for an expert hypnotherapist to overcome social anxiety? Shaan White can help you overcome all kinds of fears and anxieties with his carefully designed social anxiety hypnotherapy program. With our tailored treatment plan, we have helped number of patients replace their unhealthy thoughts with healthy ones to get a fresh perspective on fear-inducing situations. Contact us online or call us at 0782 6287366 to book a consultation appointment today.