Anxiety and Depression

     Anxiety can range from mild fears to instense phobias and severe post-traumatic stress, from stress response syndromes to severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD).  And then there is social anxiety disorder: the fear of people judging you making you extremely self-conscious and withdrawn. All anxiety states have body reactions and emotional components.  Medication may be needed to be able to begin examining the causes of anxiety and intervening with a number of different approaches.  Most anxiety disorders can be partially resolved with behavioral (desensitization, rehearsal strategies), mindfulness meditation (mindfulness-based modalities) and cognitive (thought management) interventions.  In addition, examining the roots of the anxiety may be neccessary.  Clinical hypnosis can help with all forms of treatment.
     Depression can radically affect your view of yourself and your life. has you looking over your past and focusing on all the negative memories and looking to the future feeling hopeless and helpless and unable to change it. Everyone feels sad at different times or suffers from "the blues," but depression is beyond that Most depression can be treated successfully.  This usually involves cognitive (thought management) interventions along with interpersonal therapy based on the relationship that emerges between you and your therapist.  Often, depression is something that has been with a person for a number of years, but also involves episodes which have no previous history.   Clinical hypnosis can  be combined with CBT to increase the power of the intervention.  Sometimes medication is needed as well.
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