How does being on medication affect Hypnotherapy?

Medication and hypnotherapy.

So a question I get asked all the time is does being on medication affect the results of hypnotherapy. The simple answer is yes, it can. It all depends on the drugs, the amount you are taking and how long you’ve been on them for. Typically people start out on a low dose and as with all medications they can become immune to them pretty quickly. Suddenly you’ve gone from 20 milligrams to 40, 80, to 200+ milligrams. This is where the problems start. The more you take the more side effects of these drugs start to come into play. Then you have to take other drugs to try and counteract the side effects of the first set of drugs you are taking. And guess what….those drugs have side effects too! The side effects are often what the client took them for in the first place. Anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, dizziness, insomnia are all possible side effects from these drugs.

So how does that affect hypnotherapy treatment? Well because all of these drugs have an effect on your brain chemistry. They can play havoc with it, so on one hand I’m trying to help you with your thought patterns but on the other your battling with the foreign chemicals in your brain that are causing your emotions to fluctuate. When clients come to see me who aren’t taking any medications the whole process runs quite smooth but when clients come and they are on high doses of medications it makes my job 10 times harder. The client can be doing everything right but still feel anxious because what they are feeling isn’t what they are doing in their mind any more but rather its caused by the side effects of the drugs they have been prescribed.

I find that a low dosed amount of prescription drugs of up to 50 mg tends to be fine to work with. Above that amount tends to cause problems. Clients are often desperate to come off these drugs because of the side effects but you have to follow the right protocol to come off them. I will consider working with people who are taking higher than 50 mg of medication but they are always told that the process will be more difficult. It’s their call. It’s best to wean yourself off them completely before deciding to go for hypnotherapy. We hypnotherapists can only do so much to change the thought patterns if a persons brain chemistry is unbalanced by the medication they are taking.

So if you’re considering hypnotherapy you need to consider what I’ve just said. If the drugs were working you wouldn’t be looking for hypnotherapy anyway.

How To Stop Panic Attacks

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So you want to know how to stop panic attacks, well I’m gonna give you the truth from all I know from nearly 20 years working with people with this issue. Ok let’s kick this off! Firstly, it’s important to know that I used to have them. Bad! I started getting them everywhere, in the supermarket, at the post office and they terrified me. I hated the feeling. For me it was a bit like dizzyness where I would feel like I was watching a movie of myself rather than it really happening to me. Then there was the awful feeling that went with it.

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Why Can’t I Sleep???

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That’s the question I hear all the time “why can’t I sleep?”. Well there’s many possible reasons why.

In my experience there are 4 probable reasons for insomnia.
The first reason is an inability to switch off from the events of the day.
The second is that it is a bad habit that became conditioned with repetition.
The third is that it could be chemical.
The fourth is due to not being physically tired.

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