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Join Date: May 2012
In previous years I had developed what I believe to be severe social anxiety and it was crippling. I felt panic just thinking of being in a social situation. What would I say? What will people think of me? What if they see me turn red? What if, what if, what if? It became such a serious issue for me that I would have rather stayed home than to have dealt with the stress. It toll it took on my body.
I couldn't talk to anyone about it. Everyone that knew me couldn't understand, blew me off saying that it would pass, telling me that I didn't have a problem. I was dying inside. I am NLP practitioner and Coach so why the @#[email protected][email protected] was I having this problem.
I knew it wasn't healthy. I knew that if I didn't face it that it would continue. I wanted help! After trying many different ways to fix it, I found a Hypnotherapist I was comfortable with and chose to try hypnosis, IT CHANGED MY LIFE.
Prior to learning about hypnosis, I was intimidated by it but I soon learned the truth.
I went in for a few sessions where the Hypnotherapist guided me through a number of processes. After a few sessions, I noticed that my thought process had changed. The funny part of it is that even though the same questions were running though my mind, my reaction to them was different.....who cares!
I now have relief. The pain in my gut that I used to feel is no longer there. It's changed. Everyday I get better and better. Infact because of this experience, I now practice Hypnotherapy and specialize in Anxiety for women.
Another treatment that is often associated but not directly the same is N.L.P or (Neuro linguistic programing)this is used alot by self improvement gurus like Paul Mckenna and has proven to be quite successful.
I also had a similar experience ive spent alot of money on hypnotherapy i even went to see some one in Harley street in London. I have noticed differences although they were temporary. I had been using hypnosis CD's for a few weeks after my sessions however i had a reaction to one of them which causes me to feel really uncomfortable and light headed when i use the CD's. I found that once i stopped using them i reverted back to my old behaviors and habits. I now don't know whether any changes actually happened or whether it was a placebo effect caused by my belief that i was getting better. However my therapist stressed that i needed repeated use of the CD's over time to make the changes so maybe that might be why it hadn't worked as well as i hoped.
Social Anxiety Background
Severe social anxiety - has improved through medication, therapy
I never expected hypnotherapy to work; when a therapist suggested teaching me self-hypnosis, I resisted. Once another therapist suggested it I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I did. No, I don't think it's a cure. But it provides an opportunity to truly relax, and for those whose anxiety makes them feel constantly wound up - and who, like me, can't seem to follow relaxation tapes and techniques - this is a wonderful system to try.
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