Reduce stress, anxiety and depression in children

Reduce stress, anxiety and depression in children

Primary school hires a hypnotherapist to help children as young as four cope with stress and depression

Reduce stress, anxiety and depression in children – A primary school has hired a hypnotherapist to help children as young as four cope with ‘stress and depression’. St Mary’s CE School in Rawtenstall, in Lancashire, has hired Anne Cartridge, 48, to run workshops with staff so they can pass on their anti-stress tips to the 194-primary school pupils.  The mother-of-two, who runs a course called ‘In Mind Therapies’, has already run workshops with youth volunteers at the school.   Ms Cartridge said her courses reduce stress, anxiety and depression in children as young as four.

St Mary's CE School in Rawtenstall, in Lancashire, has hired Anne Cartridge, 48, to run workshops with staff so they can pass on their anti-stress tips to the 194-primary school pupils

St Mary’s CE School in Rawtenstall, in Lancashire, has hired Anne Cartridge, 48, to run workshops with staff so they can pass on their anti-stress tips to the 194-primary school pupils The NHS does not currently recommend hypnotherapy for clinical practice, and while it is practised by some doctors, dentists, psychologists and counsellors, it’s also offered by non-professionals with little training.  This is because in the UK, hypnotherapists don’t have to join any organisation or have any specific training by law. Ms Cartridge explained: ‘A lot of my work is dealing with anxiety, stress and depression.’If those issues are dealt with in primary school, young people can cope better in high school and it helps them feel more in control as an adult.

By |February 24th, 2016|Anxiety, Childrens Issues, Depression, Education, Exam stress, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Relax Kids, Stress, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on Reduce stress, anxiety and depression in children

Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy: Stress, anxiety could lead to dementia

Don’t worry – Experts say that chronic stress can wreak havoc on immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, and lead to atrophy of the brain’s hippocampus–crucial for long-term memory and spatial navigation. Here’s something so that you start taking stress more seriously. People who suffer from chronic stress and anxiety may be at an increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, says a new study suggests. Experiencing anxiety, fear and stress is considered a normal part of life when it is occasional and temporary, such as feeling anxious and stressed before an exam or a job interview.

However, when those acute emotional reactions become more frequent or chronic, they can significantly interfere with daily living activities such as work, school and relationships, according to researchers at Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences in Canada. Chronic stress is a pathological state that is caused by prolonged activation of the normal acute physiological stress response, which can wreak havoc on immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, and lead to atrophy of the brain’s hippocampus –crucial for long-term memory and spatial navigation. Researchers examined recent evidence from studies of stress and fear conditioning in animal models, and neuroimaging studies of stress and anxiety in healthy individuals and in clinical populations. They looked specifically at key structures in the neurocircuitry of fear and anxiety (amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex, hippocampus) which are impacted during exposure to chronic stress.

The researchers noted similar patterns of abnormal brain activity with fear/anxiety and chronic stress — specifically an overactive amygdala (associated with emotional responses) and an under-active PFC (thinking areas of the brain […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Anxiety, Depression, Disease, Exam stress, Job Interview, Latest News, Lifestyle, Stress, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on Don’t worry, be happy

Why Hypnosis Is Better For Stress Than Meditating

Stress Is The Life Killer

Stress is the greatest problem for people in the modern world, and it’s much worse than just health problems such as Strokes, heart attacks and hypertension that are brought on by too much stress for way too long. Stress impacts EVERYTHING. 90% of all illness has its roots in stress.

Stress kills our libido, impacts on fertility, our enjoyment of life; stress causes disturbed emotions of anger, rage, sadness and depression; stress makes us clumsy; stress causes us to make mistakes and worst of all, stress makes us think stupid thoughts (we become “stress stupid”) and it cuts off the internal flow to our creative and innate talents and abilities.

It is clear that we ALL need to de-stress, whether we are teenagers who suffer from acne and migraines as a result of stress, men and women in “anger management”, authors who suffer from writer’s block even, business people who burst a blood vessel, or parents at home who aren’t enjoying their kids but end up screaming at them all the time instead.

So how do we de-stress, and urgently, and FAST?

Why Stress & Meditation Are At Odds

Many hold that meditating and meditation alone is the answer to stress.
Meditating and meditation is the act of entering into altered states of consciousness, to widen our conscious awareness and to re-connect with the super subconsciousness of our energy mind, our subconscious mind, subconsciousness if you like.

This does not happen when we are stressed – a person under stress is like a TV that isn’t tuning properly. Everything is disturbed, mad, doesn’t fit together, there is no clarity, life is full of static.

Trying to meditate when you are stressed is like trying to be romantic with […]

By |April 8th, 2014|Anxiety, CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Depression, Self Hypnosis, Stress, Talking Therapy, The Mind|Comments Off on Why Hypnosis Is Better For Stress Than Meditating

Your Guide To Hypnosis

Your Guide To Hypnosis

There are many stories about hypnosis and hypnotherapy being dangerous, turning people into chickens, people not being able to wake up, and unscrupulous hypnotists exploiting their ‘vulnerable’ patients. However there are many people who are adamant that it has helped change their lives, some from Dudley, Tipton, Wolverhampton and much further afield – I know of for sure. I have helped them succeed in their goals. Millions of people swear that it has helped them with many issues such as weight loss, quitting smoking, other addictions, confidence, phobias, stress, success, IBS, and many more issues.

Many people are missing out on this powerful, yet very safe therapeutic tool because they are too afraid to use it. I hope to dispel these fears by answering these common questions about hypnotherapy right here and now!.

Can I be hypnotised? Most people can go into a hypnotic trance. The only types of people that cannot be hypnotised are … 1. Those suffering from psychosis or a thought disorder 2. A person with a low IQ 3. A person who does not want to be hypnotised. It is very easy to resist hypnosis if you want to.
What is a hypnotic trance? It is a normal and natural state that most of us experience several times a day without even knowing it. It commonly happens when people are driving. Have you ever driven somewhere and not really remembered the journey?, I have just missed my junction. It also often occurs when reading a book or watching TV. Sometimes you can be so absorbed in the book or TV programme that you are not consciously aware that someone is talking to you, or even where you are sat. Hypnosis […]

Tips to Avoid a Panic Attack

Tips to Avoid a Panic Attack

In response to recent enquiries the National Council for Hypnotherapy has released a press release about anxiety and panic attacks which can often be aided by a course of hypnotherapy sessions. As the UK’s most renowned hypnotherapist directory the NCH offers local based hypnotherapists to help clients with a wide range of conditions, including that of panic attacks. In this press release the National Council for Hypnotherapy discusses some tips that can be applied by clients in order to control pending panic attacks.

A panic attack is the body’s exaggerated response to a perceived danger flipping the body into flight or fight mode, releasing a massive shot of adrenaline which speeds up the body’s heart rate, breathing and gives feelings of hotness, sweating, tingly and dry mouthed. Hypnotherapy can help the client to rethink and re learn about situations that may provoke a panic attack and teach them to apply the following techniques.

  •     Slow your breathing – Breath in and count to five and slowly exhale then repeat the process, increasing by 5 seconds until you reach 15, repeat until breathing returns to normal.
  •     Rationalise – remind yourself that these feelings are simply a response to adrenaline and are not permanent and will end soon.
  •     Cut Stimulants – try not to consume drinks with high levels of caffeine such as coffee and high sugared fizzy drinks as this increasing the heart rate which can result in naturally higher adrenaline rates.
  •     Remove yourself Mentally from the Situation – focus on your left shoe and describe it in great detail as if you are submitting a witness report. Ensure to describe fine detail like the buckles, laces and soles which will keep your mind occupied […]
By |July 9th, 2013|Anxiety, Hypnotherapy, Panic Attacks, Stress|Comments Off on Tips to Avoid a Panic Attack

CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library?

CBT on prescription, pick it up at the library? Wiltshire embraces new scheme to help depression through reading

The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge The library facility at County Hall, Trowbridge

A new scheme which uses reading to help the six million people in England who suffer from conditions such as depression and anxiety, is now available to access in libraries across Wiltshire.

Reading Well Books on Prescription will enable GPs and other health professionals to recommend 30 self-help titles for people to borrow from the local library. The service, which launched nationally last Tuesday, is now being put into place in public libraries across England.

It is a joint initiative from independent charity The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians, working with local library services and LIFT Psychology Teams, and offers people self-help books from the library as part of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) prescribed by a health professional.

Wiltshire Council, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, will both have multiple copies of the core list of 30 titles covering issues such as anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, bulimia and sleep problems. The titles will be available to borrow free of charge from local library branches or online through the request service.

Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This scheme will allow anyone in Wiltshire, in need of such support, to access self-help books locally and for free. Our libraries are friendly, community focused places, so I am delighted we are able to participate and help support the health and well-being of many local people.”

4:59pm Tuesday 11th June 2013 in News

Source: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/10477297.Wiltshire_embraces_new_scheme_to_help_depression_through_reading/

Comment: A brilliant idea! More CCG’s should follow this example. The more a patient […]

French firemen test hypnotherapy techniques

French firemen test hypnotherapy techniquesFirefighter performs hypnotherapy

Hypnosis appears to lessen the pain and emotional distress of people who are trapped or injured after accidents, Haguenau station manager David Ernenwein said.

Fire brigades keep a person under hypnosis in a vehicle during an extrication exercise, on May 28, 2013 in Haguenau, eastern France.

“Look me straight in the eye. Your mind is emptying, your body is relaxing,” says the fireman, using the calming words of hypnosis to help a trauma victim — a technique being pioneered by fire crews in the eastern French region of Alsace.

At the Haguenau fire station, 120 firemen have been trained in basic medical hypnosis which they can use to soothe someone trapped under rubble or in a car following an accident, or even a person suffering an asthma attack.

The idea is that hypnotherapy can complement traditional first aid assistance.

“These are verbal, gesticular and respiratory techniques that aim to ease pain and anxiety, but that obviously don’t replace traditional first aid,” explains Cecile Colas-Nguyen, a nurse and member of the fire brigade, and a trainer in hypnosis.

While firefighters arriving on the scene of an accident get to work tending to the injured or cutting a victim free, staff trained in hypnosis establish a more personal link with the person and divert his attention away from the trauma of the scene.

Typically the firefighters speak in a calm and measured voice and are careful to avoid any negative words. Instead of focusing on the […]

By |July 9th, 2013|Anxiety, Latest News, Pain, Panic Attacks, PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Resources, Self Hypnosis, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on French firemen test hypnotherapy techniques

Mild Mental Illness Hypnotherapy can Help

Mild Mental Illness Hypnotherapy can Help

According to The Guardian in an article published on the 19th June 2013, official figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that mild mental illness such as anxiety and depression affects nearly one in five UK adults. An in-depth look at the findings showed that the highest level of mild mental health illness is in the 50-54 year old age group and among women. Additionally high levels of anxiety or depression was seen in those who were relatively unhappy with their health compared to just 11 percent who were happy with their health.

Hypnotherapy can work towards establishing the root of the problem and teach the client techniques to control symptoms such as anxiety.”

This year’s figures are of great interest to those in the health and well-being sector as The National Council for Hypnotherapy spokesperson explained:

“It is always great to raise awareness of mental health by gathering statistics and investigating any problem areas that may be occurring in the UK. Whilst it is recommended to visit a GP if you feel you are affected by any of the mentioned mild mental health issues, it is also worth noting that complementary therapies can also help relieve symptoms. Hypnotherapy can work towards establishing the root of the problem and teach the client techniques to control symptoms such as anxiety.”

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/19/anxiety-depression-office-national-statistics

By |July 9th, 2013|Anxiety, Depression|Comments Off on Mild Mental Illness Hypnotherapy can Help

Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

The National Council for Hypnotherapy Responds to Hypnotism Being Used to Help Victims in Traumatic Situations

According to Connexion France in an article published on the 24th June 2013, the complementary therapy hypnotherapy has been used to help victims of traumatic situations, helping them to remain calm and focus on relaxing situations rather than the traumatic situation they are currently in. At Haguenau fire station in France some 120 fire-fighters have been trained in basic medical hypnosis in order to soothe victims of accidents and serious traumas. The idea is that hypnosis can be used alongside traditional medical techniques to help the patient physically and mentally. The fire-fighters tend to establish an interest or like of the patient and use hypnosis to help them imagine that, ‘While my colleagues take care of your safety, your mind will take off to the ski slopes and your body is going to stay here,” explained a trained member of the team.

Describing the effectiveness of hypnotherapy station manager David Ernenwein said:

“We have all noticed that when we hold someone’s hand, things go better, even if we did not label it as hypnosis. The first thing we can do to help people is to calm them down, and this technique has given us the tools to be able to do that, to help people suffer less.”

The introduction of such techniques is supported by UK based hypnotherapist directory, The National Council for Hypnotherapy. A representative from the Council explained:

“Hypnotherapy has many different uses and we are delighted to hear that it is being used to help victims in need of help. We hope that the pilot scheme in France will be successful enough […]

By |July 9th, 2013|Anxiety, Fears, Hypnotherapy, Latest News, Pain, Panic Attacks, Stress, Support Organisations, Talking Therapy, The Body, The Mind|Comments Off on Fire fighters trained in clinical hypnotherapy

Anxiety due to lack of sleep

Anxiety due to lack of sleep

Worriers are more likely to develop anxiety due to lack of sleep

The report explains how recent research has shown that natural worriers are more vulnerable to the negative effect of sleep loss.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), neuroscientists from the University of California, Berkeley, saw increased activity in the amygdala and insular cortex in healthy persons who were sleep deprived. The pattern they observed mirrors abnormal neural activity seen in anxiety disorders, the investigators note.

Furthermore, the report explains how those who are naturally more anxious, and therefore more likely to develop an anxiety disorder, are even more vulnerable to the affects of sleep loss.

The report also suggests that there may be a significant benefit for people with anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and post traumatic stress disorder, treating the insomnia by using hypnotherapy.

Paul White, Director of the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and former Chairman of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, said “If insomnia is a key factor in anxiety disorders, as this study suggests, then it’s potentially treatable by using hypnotherapy for insomnia. Our hypnotherapy for insomnia treatment works to remove the underlying worries and anxieties that support insomnia. In doing so, we generally reduce the anxiety and restore good quality sleep, effectively treating the symptom and the cause at the same time.”

The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy believe that insomnia has a profound effect on the way people process and respond to events around them. There is, therefore, an obvious connection between sleep and mental health.

They find that by using hypnotherapy to combat insomnia they can help clients to change their inappropriate beliefs around the external events that cause […]

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