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Kate Ellis

Vice President, The Arizona Society of Professional Hypnosis

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An Educational Initiative on non-pharmacological treatment and correction of Anxiety Dis-orders.

117.M people in America suffer with Anxiety disorder, and currently the medical & mental health establishment believes only medications, many of them addictive is the cure! It is NOT, they are merely be a bridge to amend, to calm the horrid symptoms, but the 'cure' is seeking a qualified clinical counseling hypnotherapist to deal and clear the root/core issue at the subconscious levels of mind activity, where habituation arises, and literally straighten the 'kink', permanently.

Not all people have sustained anxiety, most people will have in the least an episode in their life time, then there are others in which Anxiety Disorder is situational, such as having to give a presentation or report to your colleagues, Public speaking anxiety is the number one leading situational anxiety dealt with, so it is only upon those circumstances it rears it's ugly head. So, 117m American's dealing and/or suffering encompasses all of the manifestations of anxiety disorders from Situational, General (being uncomfortable in your own skin) OCD, PTS &D, Panic attacks, Agoraphobia, Eating disorders (body dysmorphia) Phobias, some Depressive disorders, Addictions (often self regulating/medicating)... to name the majority of underlying anxiety and anxiety dis-orders.

There are currently 27 drugs in the market and 600 being designed by drug manufactures...and these but deal with the SYMPTOMS, not the underlying core/root issues. There are reliable, effective, non drug treatment to deal, clear and relieve Anxiety Disorder. Is this what we want, 117.M people medicated? Not says I, with a qualified clinical hypnotherapist the disorder can be Eradicated, Corrected, Relieved... really, I do it every day in my practice. Every Day.

It is time to educate Doctors, Healthcare Practitioners, all level of mental/ healthcare providers on Anxiety/Panic disorders, as well as the public.

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    Jan 14 2013: That's absolutely correct, Fritzie. Therapists do indeed teach a several coping strategies to manage anxiety that work alongside medication.
  • Jan 17 2013: If this were true Robert, I wouldn't have launched the initiative. I have stated everything in the write up of the initiative, pretty straight forward and to the point, perhaps you would like to review it.
    I look forward to chatting afterwards. Warmest regards, and thank you for your statistics, Kate
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    Jan 17 2013: Kate, What specifically is your idea. I am sure that doctors, etc ... are well aware of alternatives. As far as the public I am not so sure. Unless there is a direct impact then most, to be honest, are probally not interested.

    I worked one summer at a State Mental Hospital in Illinois. Once the patient is committed very few ever visit. I found also that we, Americans, tend to throw money at a problem in hopes it will go away. We have ineffective programs in place for the poor, etc .. as a soother of the conscience.

    Decisions are often made by teachers that have a disruptive child in their class ... this same teacher has no children and demands respect based on the position held. The label has now been stamped on the forehead of the student and it will remain through graduation for the school and for a lifetime with fellow students.

    I agree that the root cause is the issue and should be resolved ... in some cases this may be a chemical imbalance and medication IS the answer. In some others it may be as simple as a quest for attention.

    I just read a article that stated that 37% of the population in the EU countries have some form of mental illiness. This has become the largest one finicial problem for these countries.

    Mental illiness will become one of the major factors being discussed in the Gun Controll Debates so maybe this will bring some enlightenment to the issue.

    Please advise me of what you idea is so we can discuss that.

    I wish you well from the Arizona High Desert. Bob.
  • Jan 15 2013: Not familiar with blogs Fritzie, but from the tone of your note, my responses are too long.
    Yes, admittedly I added an outline as to the nature of anxiety/panic issues, and a approach to the correction of the dis-order.

    I appreciate your insight and suggestions. I shall take them into consideration.
    As what you say tends to be true in many instances, those whom deal with these issues proverbial ears may as well perk up, and we can move into a deeper, insightful and educative conversation.

    I believe in one of the earlier threads I mentioned my intention of the Educational Initiative, which is people being correctly diagnosed and thus referred to clinicians/disciplines which specialize in treatment/correction of anxiety.

    People spend years of their lives attempting to gain help, proper treatment. They become entrenched in a system quite often that does not understand anxiety dis-orders and can spend those years being medicated without successful abatement of the horrific, often disabling symptoms. And this is also my main contention and assertion that meds merely mask, not correct anxiety, intensifying an otherwise simple dis-order to correct.
    Warmest regards, Kate
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    Jan 15 2013: Hi, Kate. As you are new here (Welcome!), I'd like to share an observation I believe to be true.

    People who engage in the TED Conversations very likely do listen to the TED talks but otherwise are drawn in by conversation and interaction. I don't think people tend to read sequences of long narrative postings by one person or that presenting a thread as you would present a blog is going to get you very much of an audience here.

    You may find that you are talking only to yourself in such an approach.

    You will see when you explore that the threads are not blog-like. I encourage you to try different approaches if you want to engage people in your topic.
  • Jan 14 2013: 6) Correction & Treatment:
    To restore previous 'wiring' or creating the most effective methodology is a two pronged approach, Cognitive behavioral training and Hypnotherapy.

    Cognitive training involves learning how your brain and mind functions, knowing you are Safe, in Control and practicing shifting your Thoughts into the Present. This is achieved through controlled breathing techniques, relaxation of *key muscles, sipping room temperature water, to leach the adrenaline out of your system, using a Mint product, such as tea or breath mint and giving yourself messages that all is well. It is foremost your incorrect Thinking that recreates the anxiety or panic.

    Hypnotherapy works by accessing the subconscious mind, where the habit pattern is entrenched and re-wired. Your subconscious is that portion of your mind that allows one to effortlessly and smoothly respond to the world. For example: When getting into your vehicle, you do not need to Remember how to drive the car, you simply place the key in the ignition and drive. After driving for a while you habituate yourself to the correct gear to engage, peddle to press, maintaining observance of rear-view and side-view mirrors, sense of space (of vehicle), obeying traffic laws, etc.

    Hypnosis, which is simply the shifting of perception or focus, through the process of relaxing the body & focusing the mind, when your body is relaxed both your conscious and subconscious levels of mind activity are more receptive to suggestions & directions and easily gets to the core or root issue of (faulty) anxiety (wiring) and is able to construct the new neuronal pathway often in a singular session. With repeated sessions, usually two additional the re-wiring is complete. With both new skill sets with cognitive training and hypnosis the dis-order is corrected. This is accomplished within three weeks for nearly everyone.
    Kate Ellis,ccht.
  • Jan 14 2013: In our modern times, when say you are threatened by a boss and the loss of your job, these instinctual reactions are not an effective or productive reaction. This may affect a response of being chronically late or leaving early. Taking more sick days, having a headache, body aches, stomach issues or sleep issues, procrastination, depression and anxiety or panic.

    5) Reaction ~ Response
    A Reaction is an automatic, often instinctual or habitual method of coping.
    A Response is a thought process and takes consideration, assessment and application.
    When your 'wiring' becomes crossed or 'kinked' one needs to be mindful or responsive when anxiety or panic occurs. This involves being Present, in the Now. Anxiety comes from projective thoughts in the Future; fear of not being able to perform, embarrassing oneself, humiliation, rejection, losing control.

    When one has reacted several times with anxiety or panic, the strong emotional and physiological symptoms create a secondary neuronal pathway in the brain, this essentially is a groove or habit pattern (wiring) that become ingrained or a new reaction to the circumstances or situations that invoke Fear.

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  • Jan 14 2013: 3) Cycles of Anxiety & Panic disorder:
    A; Most everyone will in the least have an anxiety or panic attack in their life time. Often it is situational, such as public speaking, or dealing with the loss of a loved one through either death, desertion, divorce.

    B; Other people will have panic attacks over a period of time in dealing with highly stressful circumstances, and then subsides for years.

    C: You experience a panic attack, and become overly sensitized to the fear of having another one. You begin to avoid situations that may cause an attack. As you become less and less confident of your abilities to cope, your world becomes smaller and smaller as avoidance becomes a way of life and behavior, further eroding your self confidence. You may have a panic attack while taking an aspirin for a headache, you then associate your panic and that medicine, or any medicine that may alter how you feel.

    4) Control of Anxiety & Panic Attacks:
    (Many people discover that after a glass of wine or beer they feel calmer and begin using alcohol as a means to control feelings. You are prescribed a prescription for pain and discover you feel better, calmer. You find that when you eat, that the full feeling relieves an inner stress. This now creates secondary issues. )

    Take into consideration that anxiety is a frame of mind. By gathering your thoughts, and shifting focus, this will immediately relive anxiety. Anxiety is often projections or thinking about the future and feeling a lack of control within or over situations or circumstances.

    Anxiety/Panic is created by your Fight or Flight Response, 200,000 years in the making during human evolution. It is a protective instinct in which if you are mortally threatened, your brain automatically, without your thinking about it reacts by releasing adrenaline into your system providing the energy of either fighting/protecting yourself or fleeing/running far away from the threat. Your brain is wired to survive. Continued...
  • Jan 14 2013: What is Anxiety & Panic Attacks:

    0) Symptoms:
    Racing thoughts, racing heart, sweating of hands, feet, overly sensitive to sound, dry mouth, upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, feeling like you are having a heart attack, feeling as though you are dying, feeling like you are going to pass out, feeling as though you are going to lose control and act inappropriate...embarrassing yourself, migraine headaches, chronic pain even thought there is no injury, feeling like you want to run away, feeling like you need to hide.

    1) Roots of Anxiety & Panic Attacks:
    A; General anxiety is often created and fostered in childhood. Being told by a parent or authority figure (someone we look up to, admire, love, respect) that you are not good enough... either through word or by not validating/supporting your efforts, an absent parent) We have a deep sense of being inadequate. You fear the future, as something out of your control.

    B: There are two main expressions of a panic attack; 1) Situational; Being put on the spot, such as having to speak in public.
    2) A Trauma occurred 2 - 2 1/2 years ago, and out of the blue you experience a panic attack during the most mundane, routine task, such as being at the grocery store shopping.
    2) Causes of Anxiety & Panic Attacks:

    A; Anxiety disorders tend to run in families. They are expressed in a variety of ways, some may have a panic disorder or some call it a nervous disorder. Many people self medicate through alcohol, street or prescription drugs, body dysmorphia, anorexia/bulimia, weight issues/emotional eating. Other family members may have phobia's, such as a paralyzing aversion to heights, enclosed places, crowds, animals.

    B; Panic: A trauma occurred 2 - 2 1/2 years ago, and out of the blue you experience a panic attack during the most mundane, routine task, such as being at the grocery store shopping.

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  • Jan 14 2013: For some reason, besides not being able to upload my photo, I cannot see a message left by Carolyn, concerning the pharmacological interests. So I shall reply to the little bit I had seen.

    I am not concerned by the pharmaceutical industry. There is enough room for everyone. I have great respect for many medications, even though things are going to extremes as far as side effects go. My avocation is that when a patient presents with anxiety dis-order, if the physician or mental health worker is not familiar with how to deal with it and help the patient release the symptoms, medication can help with the referral to a specialist.

    This is one of my biggest grips, that often meds are prescribed and that is it. Until I realized that doctors and mental health workers are ignorant, uneducated that there is actually disciplines available to correct the dis-order. Hence, this launch of the Educational Initiative on the treatment and correction of anxiety dis-orders.

    Anxiety is Fear based, often projections into the future, feeling out of control, a real sense of powerlessness.

    Anxiety is often projections or thinking about the future and feeling a lack of control within or over situations or circumstances. Anxiety/Panic is created by your Fight or Flight Response, 200,000 years in the making during human evolution. It is a protective instinct in which if you are mortally threatened, your brain automatically, without your thinking about it reacts by releasing adrenaline into your system providing the energy of either fighting/protecting yourself or fleeing/running far away from the threat. Your brain is wired to survive. Kate
  • Jan 14 2013: When you utilize cognitive techniques with hypnotherapy, it corrects the dis-order, and no medications are necessary, I spend more time helping clients detox from meds than the actual correction of the anxiety dis-order Lawren. I am in contact with my very first anxiety I worked with over 20 years ago, and she is still anxiety attack free.

    Think of it like breaking ones' leg, you go to an orthopedic, they set the bone, and once the body does it's natural healing work, the bone is fixed. You do not need to baby it or worry about fracturing it again. It is fixed. Just like anxiety, once it is corrected, you're done with it forever.
  • Jan 14 2013: Lawren, as a clinical counseling hypnotherapist, I have specialized in anxiety disorders for over 20 years and have helped people correct the dis-order. I hyphenate "disorder" because it is an issue of incorrect thinking that initiate the fight/flight response. By using cognitive therapy techniques and hypnotherapy it effectively corrects it.

    I do have an agenda, the eradication of anxiety and panic attacks. To educate people such as yourself who may have undergone a slew of treatments from medicines to perhaps psychotherapy with little results. Lawren, if you have a heart condition, you will not seek out a podiatrist, you would seek the consult and expertise of a cardiologist. Same situation here. With anxiety issues, you would seek out a specialist in this area, such as myself.

    I suggest you educate yourself on CBT & hypnotherapy, and reclaim your life back. The chemical imbalance you speak of is the adrenaline release and subsequent fear of the symptoms in an ugly cycle that occurs is the true imbalance. With proper consult training and correct at the subconscious level one can not only receive relief, but complete control.

    The hypnosis attribute goes into the subconscious where the core or root issue exists. All of your habitual behavior is at the subconscious level, such as driving. When you get into your vehicle, you d not have to remember how to drive, you simply stick the key into the ignition and go about your way. The subconscious is that portion of the mind that allows us to smoothly operate in the world. When one has repeated anxiety attacks, in becomes for intents and purposes a habitual response of fear.

    I hope this broadens your understanding and the threshold of gaining your life back now that you know what specific approach to correct your anxiety. Best regards, Kate
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    Jan 14 2013: Speaking as one who suffers from anxiety disorders, I'm afraid you need a bit of education yourself, or most likely you have an personal agenda. Most disorders are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, not external triggers. You cannot effectively treat chemical imbalances with hypnotherapy.
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      Jan 14 2013: Lawren, would you say that people with anxiety disorders tend to use a variety of strategies rather only one to help them manage their anxiety? I don't have personal experience or expertise in this area, but don't people use practices like meditation, self-talk, and exercise even if they are also taking medication?

      I interpreted your comment as saying that medicine is vital for some people but not necessarily precluding the usefulness of other complementary practices.

      Is that correct?