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Stress in Young People and Hypnosis!

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Stress in Young People and Hypnosis!

Young Minds, the online charity for the voice for young people’s mental health and well-being, reported 195000 young people have an anxiety disorder in the UK today and that the number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s. 

David Dewar, Clinical Hypnotherapist stated: “To most young people, leaving home to join a college/university or work means many things such as being separated from family and friends, creating a new social network and learning to overcome difficulties, which can have an overwhelming effect on some instances.

A key factor that has encouraged more young people to seek hypnotherapy services include increased awareness on the detrimental effect associated with long-term stress and anxiety. In addition, most young people find hypnotherapy as an effective form of treatment, not only to help control exam nerves but also help reduce the feelings of anxiety and boost confidence.”

When the question was put to young people of what the causes were of anxiety and stress, the responses given were related to expectations.  Such as managing studies, work, home and social life.  It is no surprise then that parents and young people alike are seeking alternative professional help, such as hypnosis therapy. 

The use of hypnosis in therapy has typically been to recover suppressed memories to understand behaviours to then allow for the change in behaviour to take place.  Also, the old myths of hypnosis whereby you can be induced into a state of consciousness where you lose control over your own physical movement and become responsive to suggestion are dismissed.  Hypnosis today is more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  This form of hypnosis focuses on how your thoughts and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour today and in the future.  For example, holding negative thoughts towards a situation causes negative behaviour.  Hypnosis is used to help you reach a relaxed state to aid in “re-programming” your subconscious part of your mind to make a change where you start to think, feel and behave in a positive way about an issue or situation that causes you anxiety or stress.

This is no different to activities that you do in your everyday life, where the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind work in parallel.  If you think about the times you are playing a game on your computer, you can become so engrossed that you visualise yourself as that character winning the game.  Or watching a movie can surprise you out of your seat as well as raise emotions of happiness.  In all of these activities you are fully conscious but you are focused in the story or activity in hand.  For a brief movement these situations are real. 

This relaxed mental state can be regarded as self-hypnosis.  In this special mental state, you feel a sense of freedom.  This may be due to you being tuned out of your worries and stresses such as revision, or situations occurring in your home or work life.  Whilst being in this clear state of subconscious, your mind is more receptive to absorb information and accept positive suggestions.  During the process, the therapist uses mental images and verbal repetition techniques to help you feel calm and relaxed.  In this naturally occurring state, your attention is highly focused, such that anything that is going around you is temporarily blocked out or ignored. Hypnosis then helps you gain control over adverse conduct as well as deal with anxiety without losing control over your behaviour.

So over time, you begin to develop techniques to change your behaviours in a positive way, giving you the coping mechanism for your mental well-being.   

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