Algophobia

Algophobia

Most of us suffer from various ailments and pains from time to time, so we can all sympathise with a person who complains of severe pains.

Pains are, as you know, a symptom that something is wrong somewhere in your body and should have attention.  None of us like pain, but there are some that are so terrified that they may become phobic.  This can then spoil their daily lives as they become paranoid about anything happening to them which can cause pain, i.e. the person who is fearful of walking too fast in case they slipped and hurt themselves, or those who take copious amounts of pills and painkillers in case of a headache or some muscular strain occurring.

Take John (fictitious name) who came to me with Algophobia.  He was paranoid about any pain and suffered from a low pain threshold.  It all began when, as a child, his mother continually complained of pain in almost every part of her body.  John eventually was convinced that any pain is intolerable and he became frightened that the same problem would happen to him. This made John very cautious, and eventually phobic, that he would actually induce panic attacks at the mere thought of pain attacking him.  He, therefore, gave up sport, exercise and even slept downstairs for fear of hurting himself descending his stairs.  Later he was due to have an operation and he realised that there would be pain after the surgery, so he came to me in desperation to rid him of his phobia.

I regressed him back to his origins of the anguish he heard from his mother, and after several sessions, he realised his mother’s problems were no longer and he became more rational as he progressed.  Eventually, under hypnosis, his subconscious mind accepted that he was strong and could bear the pain if it came along and more than likely it would rarely occur.  He went off for his operation which was bearable and now he is completely cured.

I also work with phantom pain which is a condition whereby pain is felt from an amputated limb long after it is separated from the body.

Hypnotherapy is particularly effective for releasing the sensation from amputees so that their subconscious mind is no longer playing tricks on their emotions and feelings.

Anthony

Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine.

I deal with a lot of clients suffering from deep depression and am always so relieved when together we are able to expel all the dark thoughts and emotions using Hypnotherapy.

As such a client moves forward into a positive frame of mind I am often able to introduce some light into their lives by encouraging laughter into their thoughts and this will speed progress to happiness and permanent attitude towards laughter as the best medicine.

I have personal knowledge of this fact.

Some 25 years ago as I was struggling to start my business and endeavouring to look after two children as well as establishing a renovation of our mill home in Wales things built up and I became overcome with dark emotions and could not find the way to cope as everything and everyone seemed to be against me. I joined Aberystwyth Library and each Friday as I finished work I would loan a comic video that I knew was my favourite comedian and watched that over the weekend. So I had laughter to always look forward to. Not what others may have enjoyed but my time to let go and relax for an hour or so.

As the long winter went on this helped pull me through and I got through those dark times and emerged in the spring with PMA and a renewal of hope as the sun-warmed and I could see light at the end of the tunnel.

So as they say “When the going gets tough the tough get going by  taking a daily dose of laughter.”

Anthony

Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire

Phagophobia

As my readers will have noticed over the last year phobias come in all different forms and levels, some causing minimal disturbance to a sufferer, i.e. a person suffering from a fear of crocodiles would probably never visit a zoo and put themselves through agonies by going into the crocodile area.  Other sufferers may have their daily lives affected, i.e. a person afraid of rain can have each cloudy day spoilt in anticipation that it may start to deluge.

However, Phagophobia or the fear of swallowing can be with sufferers every waking hour

Take Peter (a fictitious name) for instance.  At 15 years old his parents brought him along in desperation as his weight had dropped down to a very dangerous level and they were fearful for his future.  He had suffered for 12 years from the fear of swallowing.

As a two-year-old, he began to reject several foods that his mother gave him and this led to any chewy meats, which in turn led to bread and many vegetables.

Over the years he was put onto various drugs by the medical profession, and psychiatrists, in particular, were puzzled as all the tests showed he had no obstructions and a completely normal digestive tract.

As I began to work with Peter, I traced back the origins of his fears and it became apparent that as he developed from soft baby food to firmer foods, his subconscious mind became traumatised (maybe a one-off choking fit) and his problems started.

Under hypnosis, Peter’s subconscious mind went back to his first two years and it remembered that all was safe at that time and then Peter was able to instruct the inner core of his subconscious to now find a safe place, i.e. it is perfectly acceptable for a normal human being to swallow any foods after chewing and that this is what could then allow him to become healthy once again and put on weight. He previously had never been to a pub with his mates because of the fear.

After three weeks of gradual improvement, Peter started to gain confidence, and when his course finished, he could eat most foods which previously were causing him problems.  Even a daily vitamin could be swallowed without a problem.  He also became more calm and serene whenever eating or drinking in public, so his socialising became more enjoyable also, so he no longer felt the odd one out

Anthony

Hypnotherapist

Anthony Wilson Hypnotherapy Wiltshire