Hypnosis is an artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterised by heightened susceptibility to suggestion.
People experience hypnosis differently, some describing it as altered state of consciousness, others as a relaxed state of focused attention.
In Australia, it is highly regulated and practiced by members of the medical, dental and psychological profession. Most professionals who use hypnosis have completed the Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and are members of the Australian Society of Hypnosis. The diploma is recognised nationally and internationally through the International Society of Hypnosis.
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- Persistent and irrational fear
- Avoidance of certain places, situations or activities
- Accelerated heart rate/pounding heart
- Faintness or light-headedness
- Difficulty with breathing
OCD occurs when there are unpleasant and intrusive obsessional thoughts that are difficult to control (e.g. concern about contaminating or harming oneself or family). The obsessional thoughts often lead to uncontrollable compulsive rituals (e.g. cleaning, checking, counting).
- Difficulties with recurring thoughts and images
- Overwhelming urges to repeatedly perform specific behaviours
Panic Disorder is an intense fear, totally inappropriate for the circumstance in which it is happening. Panic attacks are part of panic disorder and occur “out of the blue”, that is, they can occur independent of any stressful situation and this exaggerated fear may often interfere with daily life. A person experiencing a panic attack feels an overpowering fear that is usually accompanied by a range of physical sensations. The sufferer of a panic attack may often misinterpret those sensations.
- Increased awareness of the heartbeat
- Trembling and shaking
- Feeling of choking, shortness of breath or smothering.
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Nausea or abdominal distress
- Feeling of unreality or feeling detached from oneself or from the surroundings
- Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light headed or faint
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of dying
- Numbness, tingling or pins & needles
- Chills & hot flushes
- Realising that anxiety is a real, but treatable condition
- Explaining to others that such advice such as “calm down” and “pull yourself together” does not work
- Develop and practise controlled breathing and relaxation skills
- Develop healthy distractions
- Focus on something else instead of the symptoms
- Develop a balanced lifestyle
If anxiety is detected early, and help is sought, there is a very good chance that the symptoms can be reduced or overcome. Treatment can include:
- Psychological treatments
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Combination of both of the above
At these times, you may wish to seek help from someone you trust such as a close friend or family member, or professionally through your local GP, or through counseling. Applecross Psychological Services can assist you with this process.