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Hypnosis for Effective Treatment of Social Anxiety and Social Phobias

One of the most common form of anxiety disorder is that called Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder.

In fact, it's so common that it is believed to affect somewhere around 10% of the entire population in one degree or another.

What's more, it can affect absolutely anyone - from housewife to movie star.

Renowned entertainers who have spent years in the public eye -- from Barbara Streisland to Kim Basinger -- have spoken publicly of their experience and recovery from social phobia and anxiety.

Indeed, the effects of social phobia can be really debilitating and often quite devastating.

Very often physical symptoms accompany this disorder. These can include blushing and sweating, trembling, increased heart rate, stammering and nausea. In acute cases, the person may feel dizzy and as if he or she is about to pass out.

All this, of course, simply serves to intensify the fear.

The real fear behind this particular disorder is often the fear of being evaluated and judged negatively by others. This fear or apprehension can make the person afraid of doing anything that might prove embarrassing to them in public.

Some of the really common forms are fear of general or specific social encounters and social interaction, fear of public speaking, fear of dealing with authority figures, fear of exams, fear of public speaking and fear regarding sexual performance.

Most often, this particular difficulty has its origin in childhood.

Indeed, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) estimates that somewhere around 40% of all such phobias begin before the age of 10, and a gigantic 95% before the age of 20. This is usually the case, even when the actual symptoms do not become painfully apparent until later in life.

Left unresolved and untreated, depression can develop and some may turn to alcohol and drugs in order to cope.

All too frequently the medical response to social phobia and Social Anxiety Disorder is to simply drug it, often with anti-anxiety medication - particularly favored are drugs from the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor group (SSIRs) such as paroxetine (Paxil or Seroxat).

If psychotherapy is offered, it usually comes in the form of CBT -- Cognitive Beviour Therapy.

Yet, while both these strategies can provide relief to some sufferers, the emphasis is on controlling the symptoms rather than treating the underlying drivers, or cause.

And, in the experience of this therapist, as long as the drivers remain intact then, sooner or later, the anxiety will return - and all too often with a vengeance.

There is another way.

You see, the subconscious mind - that repository of beliefs - is merely attempting to protect the person from what it perceives to be danger, and so is manufacturing intense feelings of anxiey or fear so that he or she will be kept safe from harm. Of course, the subconsious mind has got things wrong. It's basing its response upon prior conditioning which is simply no longer appropriate.

With the techniques and strategies of modern advanced hypnotherapy, we can reach into the subconscious, to where the negative feelings are generated, and realign the faulty beliefs that are responsible for keeping the 'program' running.

Once achieved, the actual symptoms - social phobia and social anxiety - simply become extinct because there is nothing to drive and sustain them anymore.

If you or someone you care about suffer from the truly debilitating effects of social anxiety disorder or social phobia, don't despair, real and effective help is available.

With modern advanced hypnotherapy, you can return to your true nature and be free of anxiety and fear once and for all.

About Author Peter James Field :

Peter Field is a leading British hypno-psychotherapist with practices in Birmingham and London, England. He is the author of numerous articles on psychotherapy, hypnosis and health, For a FREE hypnosis download visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or for more of his interesting articles and other helpful information please visit his website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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