Curing Carcinophobia With Hypnosis
Carcinophobia, the fear of cancer, is one of the most widespread phobias, and it's not hard to imagine why. No one wishes to have cancer or see someone they love suffering from the disease. Although it is normal to dread getting ill, people with cancer phobia have an extremely high amount of fear that frequently dominates their lives. Beating the fear of cancer used to take a long time, but with better understanding of the phobia and improved treatments, this has changed. Proven hypnosis techniques can help sufferers regain their happiness and well-being.
It isn't difficult to imagine what can cause carcinophobia. This phobia is associated with a fear of illness, death, and loss of control. In many cases, sufferers feel troubled by a friend's struggle with cancer. People who have lost a family member to cancer, or face the threat of the disease, live in fear of the day when they are diagnosed with the disease.
The overwhelming anxiety created by the fear of cancer may lead people to make surprising life decisions. Many people frequently visit doctors to make sure they are not ill, while others avoid hospitals altogether, in fear of being diagnosed with an illness. Those with the phobia will become worried if they come down with the tiniest signs of poor health, such as a migraine, and wonder if it is cancer. People might do whatever it takes to avoid becoming ill.
People with a fear of cancer often believe they have much to fear. The fear of cancer a chronic feeling that can strike both genders. A person might worry, "Who will care for the family if I get cancer?" or dwell on other critical concerns. The phobia can be unbearably sad for sufferers and their loved ones.
Sometimes, people can cope with their fears by simply avoiding the object of their fear. Arachnophobia sufferers can often cope by keeping clear of spiders, and claustrophobia sufferers are careful to avoid small, enclosed spaces such as crowded rooms. Cancer phobia, however, is not the same. The fear is primarily triggered by an individual's innermost ideas and worries. It can be unbearable for someone to experience a fear they simply cannot avoid. This puts most people with carcinophobia in a chronic state of worry.
Many phobia treatments are available today. Frequently used ones include therapy and anxiety medication. Talk therapy can generate lasting results, but it often takes a long time, up to many months for some patients. Prescription drugs work to reduce an individual's nervousness, but it doesn't fix the underlying causes of a deep-rooted fear. Hypnosis is another choice that delivers permanent results in less time than other types of treatment. It is a popular choice because it's an effective, safe, and non-invasive treatment.
Hypnosis combines stress-relief practices with fear treatment to quickly cure a phobia. A good program will begin with relaxation therapy to help alleviate the emotional distress caused by fear. When a person feels calm and relaxed, hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques can direct the unconscious mind into adopting a phobia-free line of thought.
Traditional hypnotherapy uses direct, post-hypnotic suggestions to cure a fear. This method is highly effective when an individual is open to it. Unfortunately, these traditional techniques may be futile because many people are inclined to question direct suggestions and will resist direct suggestions.
A severe phobia such as carcinophobia requires a more sophisticated form of treatment such as Ericksonian hypnosis. This form of hypnotherapy works best for those who are logical, and who are suffering from recurring fear and anxiety. It uses indirect suggestions in conversations, stories, and metaphors to help them overcome their phobias.
The innovative NLP technology doesn't depend on suggestion at all, so it can be effective for everyone. In simple terms, NLP offers techniques to train the unconscious mind to use the same thought patterns that are creating a symptom or problem, to eliminate it.
Because hypnosis and NLP function at the unconscious level of the mind, users report feeling much more empowered and secure with these types of therapy.
With Traditional Hypnotherapy, programs usually must be specific to each phobia. One advantage of a properly designed Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP program is that both are suitable for use on any phobia, or even several phobias. This is an ideal benefit to some cancer phobia sufferers who also have other anxiety disorders, such as general hypochondria or germophobia.
Carcinophobia is a significant fear, but one that can be eliminated by suitable hypnosis techniques. NLP techniques have become a popular fear therapy because of their effectiveness at addressing the root of all phobias and not just the symptoms. Novel Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP techniques can help even the most severe phobia patients defeat their phobias permanently.
Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner in practice since 1978. You can find him at his anxiety phobia website where he offers treatment phobia CDs. Visit his hypnosis repository, or download a free MP3.
Published April 4th, 2010
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