If you suffer from health anxiety then hypnotherapy could provide the ‘cure’!
Health anxiety is sometimes used as a synonym for hypochondria. I’m not, however, sure that they’re exactly the same thing.
Hypochondria, to my mind, summons up images of Kenneth Connor in ‘Carry on Sergeant’ – a man who had absolutely nothing wrong with him but who forever plagued the doctor with entirely imaginary complaints. He could certainly have used a little hypnotherapy!
It’s horrible, but there’s hope. Read on!
In my view health anxiety could also be where a very real but relatively minor complaint could be talked up into being something very serious indeed. A headache, for example, could cause a person with health anxiety to fret they have a brain tumour.
Hypochondriacs have been the butt of many jokes over the years and they don’t always receive a great deal of sympathy.
They’re seen as malingerers, as people who are trying to evade responsibility, to get out of something. Those with health anxiety have inherited their mantle and suffer the same disdain.
Health anxiety is a real anxiety!
I believe, however, that their anxiety is as real as any other, that it’s often based on something significant and is deserving of respect. I have used hypnotherapy in Reading, Oxford, London, Wallingford and Thame to help people overcome health anxiety. You could be next.
Whatever the cause, the anxiety is real enough
For some people anxiety is the coat and health is the hook. Sometimes an anxiety will just fix itself upon something, almost anything, which is why some people develop unusual phobias of ladybirds, buttons or clouds.
For others, however, they may have already been prone to anxiety and stress but something real will cause them to divert their attention and anxiety to health-related matters.
This might be a real health scare suffered whilst a child. It’s amazing how a trauma of any kind can cause a person to be on high-alert for a repetition forever after. It’s not logical, perhaps, but it’s completely understandable.
It must feel as if something in your mind is trying to tear your life to shreds. This is what can happen, after all, as your anxiety spreads and you retreat ever-further into the relative safety of your own home.
Your brain is trying to help you. Hard to believe but true!
Perhaps a family member once fell dangerously ill. This may have happened when the person with health anxiety was very young. The brain seeks to avoid danger, to warn us of danger, and a young mind is very impressionable. One client of mine saw his parent die very horribly when he was five years of age. Is it any surprise that he went on to develop a very lively health anxiety?
Perhaps a mother saw her child fall dangerously ill. Perhaps the fear triggered health anxiety and she was ever-alert to the possibility of it happening again. Perhaps she was already pre-disposed to anxiety.
Perhaps the hospital made a terrible mess of providing care and the mother now feels unable to trust anybody medical ever again. ‘Perhaps they missed something! What if they’re wrong? They were last time!’
Lastly, perhaps the person with health anxiety was taught to be anxious by a parent with the same anxiety. Such things are completely transferable from generation to generation. If you’d like to avoid passing it on, give me a call and we can put an end to it.
There are any number of ways in which a person might develop health anxiety. Whatever your story may be, your brain is now doing its best to keep you safe. Hypnotherapy could help you to calm that brain down, so that you can get back to living a full and fulfilling life.
If you are ill (and your GP has told you ‘not to worry’) then it’s probably the stress of being anxious which is to blame.
Learn to deal with the health anxiety and you’ll quite possibly find that these symptoms fade away. That, in turn, will help you to keep health related anxieties resolved for good.
Whatever the cause, hypnotherapy for health anxiety can find it and root it out!
Hypnotherapy could help you to resolve it using your conscious resources and hypnotherapy could help you to weaken and resolve it using those from the unconscious mind too.
You can learn to forget to be scared
Hypnotherapy can help you to end the constant self-scans and checking behaviours (this is why some compare health anxiety to OCD). Hypnotherapy could help you to let go of the constant fretting and worry. Hypnotherapy could help you to let go of the constant hyper-vigilance and fear.
Hypnotherapy could help you to let go of that fear (if present) of medical procedures. It’s vitally important that you attend the dentist and have those regular smear tests and so forth. Hypnotherapy could help you to lose the anxiety in order that you can actually look after yourself more effectively.
I have used hypnotherapy for health anxiety in Reading, Thame, London, Wallingford and Oxford. Hypnotherapy, mindfulness, counselling and other approaches can be blended into an effective means of resolving these things once and for all.
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If you live in or near Reading, Oxford, London, Wallingford or Thame and would like some help with this problem please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I could help you to lay this anxiety to rest and leave you able to enjoy your life and family. You needn’t continue to suffer any longer. Call me on 01183 280284 / 07786 123736 / 01865 600970 or email me at email@example.com. Alternatively, simply use the contact form below.