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Adoption trauma. This problem is often misunderstood. Although it has some similarities with PTSD, it has many additional problems associated with unresolved grief and fear of abandonment. The trauma can last well into adulthood. Hypnotherapy can help in bringing about integration.

Anxiety. Hypnosis can reduce anxiety by increasing relaxation, reducing blood pressure and creating a more calming demeanour. Relaxation is the main element in combating problems of anxiety.

ME. A problem not readily treated by drugs and leaving the sufferer tired, exhausted and depressed. This problem needs to be tackled from a number of angles, of which hypnotherapy can help in each. (see my article on ME).

Obsessive compulsive disorders (CODs). There are many obsessive compulsive disorders (OCDs) from washing of hands, counting, and many more. Hypnotherapy can undo such "false programming".

Phobias. Hypnotherapy is particularly efficient at removing phobias, whether they be of snakes, spiders, flying or simply leaving the house. It can be a quick and long lasting solution to such problems.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Stress attached to a traumatic event can lead to anxiety, panic attacks and depression that can last for many years unless treated. Hypnotherapy has some success in this area.

Sexual dysfunction. Many sexual dysfunctions are unconscious and so need a method of solution which approaches the problem from this perspective. Hypnotherapy is one such method. It involves relaxation, mental rehearsal and time distortion.

Smoking. Smoking is largely a habit; and all habits can be broken. Hypnosis is an effective method of breaking the smoking habit. Addiction is only a small part of the problem of smoking. The main problem is that of habit, and hypnosis has a good record in this area of dealing with this problem.

Stress. Like anxiety, stress is on the increase. There is stress at work and stress in the home. It is not only important to recognize when stress is occurring but also how to cope with stress. Hypnosis offers an effective method of dealing with stress.

Weight control. Handling problems to do with weight, whether too much weight or too little weight, is a question of changing one's life style. This is no easy task, and hypnosis can help in this regard. It can also aid in extreme cases such as anorexia and bulimia.

Uses of Hypnosis

Uses of hypnosis can be divided into two broad categories:

  1. Problems
  2. Self improvement

Although the two are not wholly separate, they do often involve different techniques. Too often hypnotherapy is seen as a therapy (a method of dealing with a problem). But it is also a copying strategy and a means of dealing with self improvement.

Self Improvement

Confidence. Not everyone has confidence, but also one can have confidence in some areas and not in others. Raising one’s self confidence is always beneficial.

Examinations. Examinations, whether formal examinations or just taking a driving test, can be very stressful. Hypnosis can help in achieving one's full potential in such necessary tasks.

Interviews. Applying for jobs, or just changing jobs, requires most often an interview. Hypnosis can rehearse interviews in the head and so enhance performance on the actual occasion. It is particularly helpful to actors and actresses who must attend rehearsals.

Motivation. Sometimes we lack motivation to do things. Such lack of motivation is often linked to not having clear goals. Hypnosis can be employed to raise one’s motivation - whether it be for sport or just in general.

Relaxation. We all need to relax, but we often do not know how. Hypnosis helps to achieve a thorough relaxation. Relaxation through hypnosis is much more beneficial than relaxing in a chair or on the beach. Combined with imagery, this can be extremely therapeutic.

Self-esteem. When self-esteem is lacking individuals can often feel depressed and in some cases be taken advantage of. Partners or people in the work place can reduce your self-esteem. Hypnosis, including self-hypnosis, can be used to raise one’s self-esteem.

Sport. Sports can involve mental blocks which reduce performance; can lead to loss of confidence; or can simply involve reduced performance from the wrong mental set. Hypnosis can help in all these respects and many more in achieving one's full potential. HypnoSport is now becoming a major contribution to most professional sports.

Studies. Hypnosis can improve concentration, focused attention, improve work efficiency and enhance reading. Learning self-hypnosis is a major contribution to all further studies.