What Is Hypnotherapy and How Exactly Can It Help You?

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While hypnosis as a form of medical treatment is a topic that’s embroiled in controversy, there’s no question that it’s worked in certain situations. In fact, in 1994, even a man who declared that hypnosis was ineffective after one session was completely wrong. He never put a cigarette to his lips again.

If you’re suffering from any mental or physical health issues and can’t seem to treat it by traditional methods, hypnotherapy might be an option to consider. You’re likely asking yourself, ‘what is hypnotherapy?’ Basically what you need to know is that you’ll undergo hypnosis with a trained professional to alter your psyche and rid you of harmful behaviors. 

Here, we’re going to tell you some of the issues that hypnotherapy can help with and why it might be right for you.

Eliminates Harmful Behaviors

We all indulge in some bad habits sometimes. Whether you’re an overthinker, a drinker, or a nail biter, it can’t be helped that every person has something that they might be better off not doing. For most of us, though, these habits aren’t debilitating. Read on to learn how hypnotherapy can help if they are really negatively impacting your daily life.

Addiction

If you use hard drugs, you immediately know that there’s a problem. Addictions like alcoholism may be harder to spot since most adults drink socially, but there are ways to know that you definitely have an alcohol issue. Once you know you have an addiction and want to get help, hypnotherapy is an avenue to consider.

People who are in a hypnotic trance, while still fully in control of their own minds and bodies, are more susceptible to suggestion. If a trained hypnotherapist suggests that you stop drinking or doing drugs, you’re more likely to agree and do as you’re told.

Smoking

Smoking is an addiction in and of itself, and like we discussed in our tale of 1994, it’s an addiction that’s proven solvable with hypnotherapy. All the hypnotherapist has to do is suggest you put down the pipe, and you truly are open to quitting, you’ll have a good chance of doing so. 

Eating Disorders and Weight Gain

For these reasons, hypnotherapy can also help people cope with eating disorders and weight gain. These techniques can make someone with anorexia or bulimia more comfortable in their own bodies (we’ll talk about anxiety reduction soon) and therefore stop them from hurting themselves.

Conversely, this can also stop someone from eating too much. If you find yourself thinking about food more often than you like, hypnosis can ease these thoughts. Just… food for thought.

Soothes Emotional Distress

Everyone has been sad before, but not everyone has to be depressed or anxious. This includes you. Whether you’ve been through a trauma or not, depression doesn’t discriminate. If you’re suffering, read on to learn why hypnotherapy can help you stop. 

Depression

Most of us know someone who is medicated for depression (or have taken a prescription ourselves.) These medications are intended to regulate the production of chemicals in the brain and make more happy hormones. Hypnosis can create hormones like oxytocin and serotonin naturally by having the brain produce more of these chemicals. This makes it effective at treating depression in a natural and long-term way.

Anxiety

Anxiety isn’t just feelings of nervousness before a test- for many people, it’s an inability to breathe on a regular basis, insomnia, and crying so hard they throw up. These anxiety disorders are terrible, but hypnotherapy can work on the areas of the brain responsible for anxiety and fear and tone it down.

For this reason, phobias can also be eliminated with hypnotherapy! Phobias are usually a symptom of a larger anxiety issue, too, so whether or not this is the case for you, you’ll be in good hands.

Trauma Symptoms

While it’s technically on the spectrum of anxiety disorders, PTSD is kind of its own thing. Whether you have this disorder as a result of military service, sexual assault, or an abusive relationship or home life, PTSD is a difficult problem to treat… and a severe hardship that impacts day-to-day life.

Luckily, it’s been proven time and time again that hypnotherapy is one of the most effective methods for treating PTSD. It treats many facets of this disorder, so this method is nuanced and well-rounded!

Helps Fight Chronic Pain

When you think of hypnotherapy, instances like the above- the treatment of mental and psychological issues- are likely what comes to mind first. After all, you’re probably thinking, hypnosis works directly on the mind and has a profound effect on the person being hypnotized’s thoughts and feelings.

What you may not have considered is that the mind is a part of the body. The brain is responsible for physical pain as well as psychological- pain receptors in the brain are what transmit the physical feelings of pain to a person’s nerve endings. Since this is the case, hypnotherapy can help chronic physical pain as well.

People with issues like fibromyalgia, nerve sensitivity, arthritis, and scoliosis have seen a lot of success with hypnotherapy. Even if you aren’t suffering from an illness like these, hypnotherapy can help to reduce pain in childbirth or post-operative pain.

Go and read more now on this amazing phenomenon. You won’t regret it.

So, What Is Hypnotherapy?

If you experience any issues with emotional, psychological, or physical distress, hypnotherapy might be for you. After all, what is hypnotherapy but another form of medicine? It’s a treatment option, just as medication and therapy are, and it’s been proven effective in all kinds of situations.

Now that you know what hypnotherapy treats and have some insight into whether it may be for you, check out the ‘take care of yourself’ tab on our home page. Here, you’ll get the best tips for living a healthy life and becoming the best version of yourself that you can be.

Good luck!