CORONAVIRUS AND HYPNOTHERAPY
Coronavirus - The sort of things people are now coming for are anxiety, stress at not having enough face to face human contact (nature didn't design us to be solitary beings), frictions arising from having to spend too much time with your nearest and dearest, depression, stopping smoking and losing weight.
The latest information from the BBC is that apart from old age and underlying health conditions, SMOKING and being even slightly OVERWEIGHT can put you at greater risk of developing complications, pneumonia and even of dying.
You don't need to smoke to live and now is not the best time to be wasting £30, £50 or £100 or more a week smoking. It is money down the drain and you can never get it back again. It is much easier to give up smoking with hypnosis than doing it alone.
The subconscious mind becomes very receptive to suggestion and during hypnosis I will put suggestions into your mind that will give you compelling reasons to become and remain a non-smoker. See further down the page for an article from the BBC about people who are stopping smoking for fear of coronavirus. In the UK a pack of 20 cigarettes costs about £10.80 which means that if you smoke 20 a day, you waste £3,942 a year. If you smoke for 10 years, a whopping £39,420 will have gone down the drain. And if you smoke for 40 years you will squander a gut-wrenching £157,680.
Sugar, processed foods & "grazing" (eating too frequently) are the prime drivers of the obesity epidemic. In hypnosis, you will learn how to manage cravings, how to avoid the pitfalls of tiredness and excuses. Sugar has been shown to be as addictive as cocaine.
So, where does hypnosis come in?
Hypnotherapy will kickstart your motivation and strengthen your willpower; it will also change the way you relate to food.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful & dynamic tool for all areas of your life. It is good for turning your personal life around, and also for improving staff performance and resuscitating directors, managers and staff suffering from excess alcohol, poor eating, stress and burnout, or breaking habits such as smoking, procrastination, irritability and unhelpful eating. It can be used in your private, work, social or family life to motivate the under-performer, reduce resistance to change, increase flexibility, minimize fear, stress and anxiety; and improve courage, resilience and self-confidence. People I treat say that I make them feel better about themselves.
This pandemic is making us all dig deep. My twenty years of experience is enabling me to reduce anxiety for those worried about vulnerable friends and family. I help people adjust to working from home and loneliness. Via Zoom I am treating depression, anxiety and low self-esteem with excellent results. Hypnotherapy helps you control your mind and emotions so that you can enjoy being yourself.
I am direct and empathetic and I have a gift for helping people accept and like themselves. Because hypnosis harnesses the power of the unconscious mind, it enables people to generate exciting, creative and game-changing ideas. After working with me, people find that they approach problems with more resilience, creativity, flexibility and confidence.
Over the last twenty years I have worked with a lot of business and private patients at all levels, and my clients have been delighted and relieved to find their lives improved by marked and lasting change. All the best businesses treat their employees as their most valuable asset and will spare no expense to nurture them through difficult times, such as downsizing, reorganization, takeovers, mergers, court cases and other prolonged periods of stress.
I see patients worldwide via Zoom and in person atTenterden, Kent, UK. Many people have one session face to face and thereafter via Zoom. Other people give me the details of their problems by phone or email and then I email them a personalized recording of their hypnotherapy session which they can then play as often as they like.
ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO COME OFF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS? HYPNOTHERAPY CAN REALLY MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
The following article from The Daily Telegraph details the hidden cost of withdrawal from anti-depressants. Many people have found relief from unpleasant side effects using hypnotherapy.
‘All hell broke loose’: The truth about coming off of anti-depressants
There is growing evidence that millions are suffering distressing side effects of withdrawal, putting pressure on doctors to act
8 November 2020 • 5:00pm
It was a Friday afternoon, and Dr Ed White was working at his desk in his home office. “I was suddenly hit by a rush of anxiety,” says the 56-year old IT executive. “It came from nowhere: my heart was pounding, I had a rush of adrenalin, and became extremely agitated.” White, who lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two teenage sons, has no memory how this particular episode two years ago ended. But, from bitter experience, he knew the cause: it was withdrawal from his antidepressant medication.
White was put on antidepressants in 2009 after the sudden death of his mother-in-law, and significant work stress. At first he was prescribed citalopram, but then switched to venlafaxine, which improved his mood temporarily.
When, six years later, he decided to gradually withdraw for the final time. he started to feel all manner of unpleasant symptoms. “I would get angry for no reason,” he says. “I had to urinate all the time, especially at night. I stopped feeling emotions and, at one point, I was so obsessed with thoughts of suicide that my wife called the crisis team.”
A growing body of evidence shows that millions of people are suffering severe withdrawal effects from their antidepressant medication.
According to a report today in the journal Therapeutic Advances In Psychopharmacology, entitled The Patient Voice on Prescribed Dependence, 82 per cent of respondents reported the onset of new and unpleasant symptoms on stopping their antidepressants.
Co-author Dr Mark Horowitz is a psychiatrist at University College London and the North East London NHS Foundation Trust.
“There have been a thousand studies about starting antidepressants, and only 24 studies about coming off them,” says Horowitz, who has himself been tapering off antidepressants for two years. “And for so long, it’s only the doctors who have had a voice. Now it’s the turn of the patients.”
76 million prescriptions were written for antidepressants in 2019/20, according to chemistandruggist.co.uk. A whacking 17 per cent of the population is on them – and these are pre- Covid figures.
These drugs are life-saving for some, and their value in treating acute distress is backed by research, but there are longstanding concerns about overuse. NICE guidelines say that after a first episode of depression, a patient should stay on their pills for six months after “remission”; for two years if it comes back. For a third episode or more, treatment should be “lifelong’.
A Public Health England report in September last year reported that 930,000 people had received a prescription continuously between at least April 2015 and March 2018.
The 158 respondents in the new study had signed petitions asking the Government to change its attitudes to prescription drugs. So arguably they’d had worse experiences than the average patient. It’s also true that some people come off antidepressants with few problems, or even none at all. But even so, the statistics in this new report are pretty alarming: 97 per cent of people in the survey said they were given pills on their first visit to a doctor, despite almost half having suffered a “significant life event” such as the end of a relationship, or job stress.
More than eight out of 10 people reported new symptoms – dizziness, panic attacks, vertigo – when they tried to stop their drugs. Many suffered a shocking personal cost: 47 per cent of people in the survey reported loss of a job as a consequence; a third, financial hardship. Almost one of five broke up with their partner.
After eight years switching between different drugs, Ed White decided he’d had enough with feeling “emotionally blunted”, which he felt was an effect of his antidepressant. He went to his GP who discussed a tapered approach, with a liquid version of the drug to make it easier to cut down.
“After four months, all hell broke loose,” says White. “I had mood swings, panic attacks and nausea. Eventually, I was forced to take five months off work. I would drop my kids at school, go back to bed and cry,” he says.
On average, patients said that 15 years of their life were affected. “What makes it so much worse is that doctors don’t believe them. They are diagnosed with new conditions, and sent off for brain scans, or put into the box of “medically unexplained symptoms.”
“I was told by a psychiatrist that I had developed an “emotional attachment” to my venlafaxine,” says White.
Until very recently, the psychiatric “establishment” insisted that withdrawals from antidepressants were “mild and self-limiting over about one week”. In 2018, the Royal College of Psychiatrists sent a letter to a newspaper stating that: “In the vast majority of patients, any unpleasant symptoms... have resolved within two weeks of stopping treatment.”
There was an outcry. Formal complaints were made and signatories – including Dr Wendy Burn, the outgoing President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – were attacked on social media.
“I started to realise that I was wrong and there was a big problem,” says Dr Burn, who also works as a consultant old age psychiatrist in Leeds.
In September last year Public Health England released a report detailing five classes of drugs that had issues around dependency – antidepressants were among them. Meanwhile, Wendy Burn was doing her own research. She visited charities and talked to Facebook groups dedicated to “survivors”. In 2019, the Royal College of Psychiatrists released a “position statement” that “there can be substantial variation in peoples’ experience with symptoms lasting much longer and being more severe for some patients.”
Dr Burn’s final achievement in office was the release in September this year of a Patient Information Resource (an online leaflet) on withdrawal from antidepressants.
Why had this taken so long? Part of the problem is a lack of data – unsurprisingly, pharmaceutical companies aren’t enthusiastic about investigating side-effects to their drugs.
“We tend to work with evidence,” says Dr Burn. “Yes, there was anecdotal evidence that people were having problems coming off antidepressants, but no double-blind randomised clinical trials.”
She continues: “I also feel it also needs saying that my experience – in older age psychiatry – was that many people benefited from being on antidepressants. In some cases, the drugs changed their lives.”
“Doctors were not deliberately misleading their patients about antidepressants,” says Joanna Moncrieff, professor of critical and social psychiatry at University College London, and the author of A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs. “We didn’t realise how harmful they could be.” Many doctors assumed that withdrawal symptoms suffered by patients were a relapse to their original condition, she adds.
However, she believes we now need a sea change in thinking about the treatment of depression.
“Doctors should stop prescribing these drugs more or less altogether,” she says. “They have a huge placebo effect, and are more harmful than we realise. I do not think the evidence is there to support their further prescription.”
Mark Horowitz believes a responsible regimen should have the patient tapering off medication over months, or even years, and calls for better training for GPs. “10 per cent a month is often quoted, but even that can be too fast for some people. If there is one message, it is come off slowly.”
Coronavirus: Smokers quit in highest numbers in a decade
By Rachel Schraer
Health reporter 15 July 2020
More than one million people have given up smoking since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, a survey for charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) suggests.
Of those who had quit in the previous four months, 41% said it was in direct response to coronavirus.
Separately, University College London (UCL) found more people quit smoking in the year to June 2020 than in any year since its survey began in 2007.
Government advice says smokers may be at risk of more severe Covid symptoms.
Between 15 April and 20 June, a representative sample of 10,000 people, enrolled by pollster YouGov on behalf of Ash, were asked about their smoking habits.
The results were used to estimate the total number of people giving up smoking in the UK.
Just under half of people who had quit in the past four months said the pandemic had played a role in their decision. That may have been down to a range of factors including health concerns, access to tobacco while isolating or no longer smoking socially.
A team at University College London has been asking 1,000 people a month in England about their smoking habits since 2007 as part of the Smoking Toolkit Study.
In the year to June 2020, 7.6% of smokers taking part in the survey quit - almost a third higher than the average and the highest proportion since the survey began more than a decade ago.
On average, 5.9% of surveyed smokers quit per year since 2007.
Ash director Deborah Arnott said: "Over a million smokers have succeeded in stopping smoking since Covid-19 hit Britain, but that still leaves nearly five times as many who have carried on smoking."
About 7 million people in the UK in total were smokers in 2019.
Ash is launching a stop-smoking campaign funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, targeting people in areas of the country with the highest rates of smoking.
What are the risks?
Data from the Zoe Covid Symptom Tracker app suggested smokers were 14% more likely than non-smokers to develop the three "classic" symptoms of coronavirus infection - fever, persistent cough and shortness of breath.
The app, created by researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals and King's College London, analysed data from more than 2.4 million UK participants.
Their analysis found smokers with a positive Covid-19 test were more than twice as likely as non-smokers with coronavirus to be hospitalised.
This aligns with research from the US which found hospitalised smokers with coronavirus were 1.8 times more likely to die.
Although the small number of smokers in the Zoe study who took a coronavirus test appeared to be less likely than non-smokers to test positive, those that did were more likely to report serious symptoms.
OVERCOME STRESS, FEARS, PHOBIAS, ANXIETY & PANIC ATTACKS
Here's how she described her problem
"My problem with heights didn't really affect me as a 20 yr old. I would go on fair ground rides but probably since having children it has slowly come about and is getting worse as I'm getting older. Going on cable cars, high castle stairs/towers is where I have noticed it. The O2 up in the gods.... I sweat, feel like I'm losing my balance, tremble and legs feel like jelly! How I have coped so far is looked at the back of someone's head (family or friends). And tend not to do/avoid doing/going - easier than feeling upset."
And after hypnosis
I am really pleased with the progress I saw/felt over the bank holiday weekend....went in a glass lift and staircase with gaps and 3rd floor !!!!! Really pleased thank you."
Kate B, E Sussex.
HYPNOTHERAPY CAN BE USED TO CHANGE UNWANTED BEHAVIOURS
A-Z OF TREATMENTS AVAILABLE
Some more information on some of the above conditions in alphabetical order.
Alcohol - Excessive drinking
Anxiety – constant worrier, panic attacks, always imagining the worst, generalized anxiety disorder, free-floating anxiety.
Blushing and self-consciousness - "I found myself chatting to people in the lift at work, something I had never done before."
Depression – persistent low mood, focusing on loss, incapacity, weakness, frustration, pain and setbacks, constant rehashing of negative events in your life, sense of disempowerment.
Divorce A patient recently described her hypnotherapy sessions as 'invaluable' in helping her get through a painful divorce.
Eating Disorders/Weight Loss Some people are sugar addicts, others eat too little of the right foods and too much of the wrong things. People eat to make up for a lack of love now or in the past, to deaden emotional and mental suffering, to counteract a sense of failure, hopelessness and being not loveable enough. People eat out of habit. People find it hard to eat healthily in company. My hypnotherapy gets to the heart of the matter without criticizing or judging.
Eczema and psoriasis/Skin disorders -
Recently, it was my great pleasure to help yet another patient achieve her lifetime ambition of getting a place on a course. A couple of years ago, she had quit a prestigious job to try for a place on a course to enable her to pursue her goal, only to fail the audition. Everything that could go wrong went wrong, including some things that were completely beyond her control. However, her dream career continued to haunt her and she applied afresh, but this time she came for hypnosis prior to taking the audition. In hypnosis we worked on strengthening her self-esteem and her presentation skills. I suggested a lot of practical ways in which she could promote herself and anticipate and deflect possible criticisms. Using hypnosis her subconscious mind was powerfully strengthened and although there were 80 applicants for only four places, she proved herself a worthy candidate and won one of the coveted places.
Fears and phobias flying, spiders, dentists, needles, being trapped, lifts, ‘of there being not enough air,’ social situations, fear of people.
To The Tenterden Hypnotherapist, Helen France
Dear Helen, thank you once again for your help. I have given your details to my G.P. and massage therapist so perhaps you will hear from them. Life is easier for me now since I stopped carrying the sole responsibility for my son and his family and now have a better sense of where any boundaries need to be. Once again, thank you, Diana Austin.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Low self-esteem - Self confidence and Courage
Migraines and Cluster Headaches
"I went to Helen to see if she could help me with the migraines that I was suffering from. She taught me techniques to control the pain and in general, her methods were very useful. She also enabled me to deal with other aspects of my life, after only three sessions. G. from Kent"
"I just wanted to thank you for the truly astounding result of your hypnotherapy session with me. I had been waking in the night with quite horrific nightmares and come to realize that I always need to pop to the toilet after waking up. After just a few sessions with you, where you taught my inner self to simply wake me up peacefully when I needed a pee, I have not had a single nightmare since. The result is a more restful night. "
Ian Lloyd, Property and Energy Consultant
Obsessive compulsive disorder - compulsive hand-washing, cleaning, counting, tidying, checking locks, hoarding and collecting are all very responsive to hypnotherapy, after which you will have a lot more time to actually enjoy your life.
Panic attacks, fears, phobias and anxiety
Post traumatic stress disorder -
Teeth grinding (bruxism)
Tics An episode of 'I'm Different, Let Me Drive' (BBC) hypnotherapy is used to control a learner driver's tics so that she is safe to drive. After years of lessons, she finally passes thanks to hypnotherapy.
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