Hypnotherapy and Children

With the increase in awareness surrounding mental health issues, people are becoming far more sensitive to children’s mental health. Far from being something that only affects teenagers and adults, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions can affect younger children as well. Factors such as increased pressures at school, including exams and the need to get into good secondary schools, means young children are feeling stresses to a greater extent than they ever have.
Fortunately, there are ways in which we can combat the rise in mental health conditions among children. One of those ways is through hypnotherapy. Children use their imaginations every day, arguably to a greater extent than adults, and this means hypnotherapy can be efficiently used to make a positive change to your child’s life.

How does hypnotherapy work for children?
As mentioned above, children use their imagination every day. This creativity can be used by a hypnotherapist to work in their favour. The fact children are already more open to using their imagination makes it a lot easier for hypnotherapy techniques to have a positive effect. With adults, it can take a few sessions to get the hang of the visualisation techniques that are a part of hypnotherapy.
A good hypnotherapist will talk with your child at length to understand how their imagination works, to be able to engage with them effectively.

What sort of children’s issues is hypnotherapy useful for?
A lot of the issues children face will be similar to those faced by adults. As mentioned, children can suffer from anxiety and depression just like teenagers and adults. The only difference is that the factors causing those mental illnesses might be different. For instance, it’s unlikely that a six-year-old is going to be anxious about a financial issue!
For children, it’s far more common that problems will be caused by bullying, learning problems, exam worries, and night time fears. As with adults, hypnotherapy for children works to get to the bottom of these issues at the subconscious level. Once the root of the problem has been discovered, a hypnotherapist will plan the best cause of action to overcome it.
Your child may also be taught relaxation techniques which can help specifically with causes of stress such as homework and exams. These can be useful, and not just for the child but the parents too! You can always practice these techniques along with your child, so you both benefit.
It’s important to note, however, that in the case of some issues, it’s best to consult a GP before going to a hypnotherapist. Some child-specific problems such as bed wetting may have other causes, so it’s always good to see a GP to rule out other medical issues with may be causing those symptoms.

It’s important to ask your child whether they feel there is anything in their life that they’d like to make a positive change about. If there is, and hypnotherapy is something they think they’d be interested in, there are plenty of hypnotherapists who specialise in child therapy.

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Hypnotherapy and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

How Hypnotherapy can help you cope with chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is an illness which causes the sufferer to experience prolonged periods of fatigue. It’s a fatigue that isn’t improved by sleep and can be accompanied by other side effects like difficulty concentrating and sensitivity to bright lights.
Although anyone can be affected by CFS, it’s most common in women aged 20 to 40, and it’s thought to affect over 250,000 people in the UK. It’s, therefore, a fairly rare issue, but those who suffer from it can see it change many aspects of their lives. Fortunately, there are many ways of coping, and hypnotherapy is one of them.

Diagnosing CFS
As always, it’s a good idea to see your GP to get a formal diagnosis if you feel you’re feeling fatigued or other symptoms related to CFS. Unfortunately, CFS is particularly challenging to diagnose because its symptoms can be related to a number of different illnesses. The usual way to diagnose the condition is to eliminate other illnesses, and after this, there are specific criteria which can help to determine whether or not you have CFS.
These criteria include unexplained, persistent and relapsing chronic fatigue which isn’t the result of over exertion and isn’t alleviated by rest. This fatigue also results in a reduced ability to carry out everyday tasks and activities.

Symptoms of CFS
As mentioned above, CFS is characterised by persistent fatigue that isn’t caused by over exertion and also isn’t alleviated by rest. However, the symptoms of CFS, and their severity vary from person to person.
In severe cases, symptoms render sufferers unable to carry out everyday tasks, and can even mean the sufferer requires a wheelchair. In less severe cases, sufferers can experience disrupted sleeping patterns and a reduction in mobility. There is a whole host of other possible symptoms, so it’s always advisable to see your GP for a formal diagnosis.

Possible causes of CFS
Unfortunately, very little is known about the causes of CFS. Researchers think it may be related to a person’s genes, or their susceptibility to viral infection, stress, depression, or significant life events. There are also specific factors which can lead to CFS getting worse, such as stress, pollution, unhealthy eating, and not being active enough.

Hypnosis and CFS
In many cases, the symptoms of CFS increase overtime, and sufferers make a full recovery. However, relapse is possible, and some have symptoms throughout their life. There isn’t any medication for CFS, so GPs typically attempt to treat the symptoms using antidepressants and painkillers.
It’s also possible for sufferers to try alternative therapies to help with the symptoms of CFS. Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is one technique that can help sufferers regarding self-esteem, fatigue, stress, and motivation.
NLP and hypnotherapy work in such a way as to help a sufferer of CFS understand and identify specific factors which could exacerbate their symptoms. After identifying them, hypnotherapy can also help sufferers to cope.
So if you suffer from CFS, NLP and hypnotherapy might be the treatment you’re looking for to help you better cope with the symptoms and live life to the full.

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