Discuss the Relationship Between Stress, Anxiety, Habits and Phobias Essay

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Discuss the relationship between stress, anxiety, habits and phobias and describe how you would treat these issues with hypnotherapy Simon Wakefield MANCH 1A (A) Debbie Waller – Word Count - 1980 Though all different and separate conditions, there are also strong links or connections between stress, anxiety, habits and phobias. Each condition can cause or exacerbate the other and each condition has the potential to become completely debilitating. I intend to talk about each of the issues separately to show my understanding of them, and attempt to show the relationship between them through the use of examples and quotes from my research. Stress ‘Stress is a negative emotional feeling resulting from a person feeling a mismatch between the environment and their ability to cope with that environment’ (www.gotosee.co.uk – 3/5/11) Fear is usually the main contributing factor in cases of stress and it is important to understand that feelings of stress can arise from almost any situation that we can think of. Fear of the dentist, fear of dogs, fear of flying, all these things and many more can bring around feelings of stress. It is these common situations that we as hypnotherapist's will often encounter and can safely deal with as it is obviously likely that the person will be aware of the cause, or trigger, of the stress and we can tailor our course of treatment accordingly. This however is not always the case, where we are unable to pinpoint the cause of stress it can leave us feeling out of control because we are unsure what we are trying to control. There are different categories or levels of stress and as therapists it is important that we learn to notice these different types as some of the more severe stress problems require referral to GP’s or specialists in the particular field. These more severe problems tend to fall into one of the following

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