Therapy

Erika Slater Head and upper torso image2Therapy, in the context we use it here, involves treatment of conditions by professionals using discussion and dialogue to help an individual achieve a specific outcome. Medications and surgical procedures can bring a patient a long way to recovery, but in many cases they tackle the symptoms and not the root cause.

Therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), have emerged as viable compliments to medical treatments and prescriptions. However, unlike taking medication it requires active participation by the patient and requires work outside the sessions.

In this selection of materials, we cover therapies used to overcome Opioid addiction, Misophonia and Hyperacusis, Orthorexia, facial tics and much more.

New types of therapies, and variations of those mentioned above, are being introduced in an attempt to reduce the dependency on prescription drugs with harmful side-effects.

Enjoy the articles.

The Opioid Epidemic and the Way Forward Out of the Crisis

By Erika Slater
Opioid pain killer tablets

Opioid pain killer tablets

Over the last decade North America has seen an increase in the number of individuals using and abusing opioidspain relief medications.

Many of the individuals using opioids have had them prescribed by their physicians to help alleviate the pain associated with injuries they’ve suffered to their bodies.

So far, so good. After all, if you’ve had surgery of any type you’ll normally be given pain killers by the hospital to get you through the first few days after your operation.

Unfortunately, what is happening is some individuals are getting addicted to these pain killers, namely codeine and morphine, even though they no longer need the medication for their injuries.

Furthermore, they’re using a drug intended to alleviate or mask physical pain, to now mask their emotional and psychological pain.

This short article is here to recognize we’re dealing with a problem that impacts all walks of life. From the mum you talk to at your kid’s soccer game to your neighbor’s gran who just needs to get through a day pain-free.

I have kids and I’m in good health. I am fortunate, but recognize others are not, and this isn’t the time to judge or categorize people who’ve become reliant on pain-killer medication merely as drug addicts.

I consulted with our staff editor – Peter Sacco Ph.D. – in compiling this article and who has researched this issue extensively for us.

Opioids are narcotics, and narcotics are addictive and… dangerous.

 

THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC – WHAT HAPPENED?

Opioid warning and monitoring on prescriptionsThe NY Times has been reporting for awhile on the growing opioid crisis and I’ve provided a link to their roundup article in the resource section below.

In the U.S. since 1999, the growing numbers of deaths due to opioid overdoses has become the leading cause of death in people under 50-years of age as reported in the article…

The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Overdoses, fueled by opioids, are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old — killing roughly 64,000 people last year, more than guns or car accidents, and doing so at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic did at its peak.

Because of their categorization opioids have to be prescribed by a medical doctor.

They’re commonly prescribed for more serious injuries or after surgeries to make the pain more manageable.

Generally speaking, individuals who’ve started using opioids are usually given a set dose for a set period of time. Somewhere along the way, individuals who are taking opioids begin to realize they’re not only free from physical pain, but also ‘feel better’ in terms of feeling less stressed out, and whatever psychological pain they may have been experiencing has also dissipated.

If that isn’t enough, the longer a person is on these types of drugs such as, codeine and morphine, the more likely they are to become both physically and psychologically addicted to them.

This means if they do in fact develop an addiction, they’ll require being weaned off of the drug, much the same way a drug addict would have to be weaned off heroin which is also an opioid.

You can see how what was intended to be used as a minor problem solving ‘fix’ can escalate into a full-blown addiction!

President Trump acknowledged the epidemic in 2017 by declaring the opioid crisis a “Public Health Emergency.” However, this proclamation stopped short of providing extra funding to deal with the crisis.

So, what does the way forward look like for this epidemic?

 

WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD?

Recovery-sign-for-addictionsWe first need to recognize opioid addiction for what it is… an illness. There’s still a stigma attached to addiction. Many folks still refuse to acknowledge the various factors contributing to addiction, such as genes, and which are not caused purely by choice.

Approaching the addiction with compassion opens up a more positive dialogue to find effective methods of treatment.

The fact is addiction needs to be on a parity with mental illness and other physical medical diagnosis. Mental illness and addiction are closely related, and for those looking for relief from mental illness by taking opioids, and becoming addicted, we can’t afford to ignore them just because they’ve been tagged with an “addiction” problem.

They are one and the same and all part of the illness.

For those dealing with opioid addiction already then there’s research going on at the moment for treatment by certain medications to assist with outcomes. Other research is going on with combining medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a two-pronged approach.

For those familiar with the work of the Betty Ford Clinic which has now blossomed into the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation they’ve introduced a new protocol – Comprehensive Opioid Response with Twelve Steps, or COR-12. This protocol includes medication, CBT and motivational interviewing.

I’ve included links in the resource section below to an introductory article on CBT and to more information on the work of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Before addiction though is… prevention.

The key for using any kind of pain medication, namely opioids is to only be on them for a set period of time. Ongoing use beyond the normal period should be monitored by a physician with the intent of reducing the dosage so the individual no longer needs it.

If this doesn’t happen, then the issues for addiction as well as secondary health issues (side-effects associated with long-term use of opioids) become major concerns.

The fact is, access to opioids has been easier than drugs that treat addiction. Drug companies and doctors have all been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but insurers may also be playing a role by making it easier to get opioids than the drugs that treat addiction to them. Quoting again from the NY Times article identified earlier…

With the soaring death toll, routine autopsies are overwhelming medical examiners everywhere. We spoke to Dr. Thomas A. Andrew of New Hampshire, which had more deaths per capita from synthetic opioids than any other state. Dr. Andrew decided to stop practicing medicine and instead minister to the living about the dangers of drugs. “I’m not an alarmist by nature, but this is not overhyped,” he said. The Upshot reported on prescription drug monitoring programs, a tool that could be more widely used to fight opioid abuse.’

Are there ways of dealing with or treating pain without using opioids?

The answer is yes!

More individuals are choosing to go the natural route and using alternative medicine to avoid the dangers of addiction to drugs. Hypnosis is one such route for those coping with pain.

Hypnosis is not a new treatment protocol for pain. It’s been used for well over a century for treating many forms of pain – physical, psychological and emotional.

It’s simple and has no side-effects, and the results from using hypnosis to treat pain can be experienced immediately if the individual represents a strong hypnosis subject, and the therapist treating the client is knowledgeable.

Individuals using hypnosis as an alternative to pain medications are not only treated in hypnosis sessions when working with the clinician, they’re also taught methods for managing their pain when on their own, as well as using MP3 or CD’s for daily treatment.

If clients keep up with their hypnosis treatments, the pain not only becomes manageable but sometimes can become minimally noticeable.

Most hypnotherapists require a referral from a medical Doctor to treat somebody with pain. Be sure to discuss this option with your primary care physician. If you want to consider working directly with me through my online and in-office sessions then check out my Hypnosis Services or if you’ve a specific need then contact me here.

The opioid epidemic is real in America and there is much work in front of us as a nation to recognize it and move the treatments forward. In this we can help and support those struggling to get out from under it, and support those looking for ways to prevent it from affecting our parents and brothers and sisters.

 

CONCLUSIONS:

For most, the opioid crisis has sneaked up on them in the last decade. It’s no longer affecting the hard-core drug addict who you would cross the road to avoid, but has now infiltrated your own family.

Research is showing there are many factors contributing to opioid addiction including genes and environmental, along with mental illness, and those who for one reason, or another, stayed on pain medication too long in a medical system that allowed them to get access to continue.

The use of certain medications to help people get off their opioid addiction are available along with therapies such as CBT and motivational interviewing. These offer the promise today and likely they’ll be more discovered as our attention is focused on solving the problem.

Prevention remains the best cure, and a more stringent checks and balances system for those who prescribe and support opioids is being discussed. Alternative medicine is being sought by many to avoid drugs, and one such treatment for pain is hypnosis.

If you want to learn more about hypnosis for pain management then check out these pain relief hypnosis sessions you can download for specific conditions here >>>

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO ADDICTIONS:

The Opioid Epidemic: A Crisis Years in the Making – NY Times >>>

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 101 >>>

Joining Forces to Overcome the Opioid Epidemic – Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation >>>

Library of Self-Hypnosis Downloads Products >>>

 
Erika Slater CH
Free At Last Hypnosis
Massachusetts

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The Benefits and Criticisms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

By Peter Sacco
Pros and cons on a scale with pros winning

Pros and cons on a scale with pros winning

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be a therapeutic tool for helping individuals who suffer from mental health disorders and addictions. As a result of its simple, easy and hands on nature (changing thoughts in the here and now), individuals and therapists alike boast of its tremendous benefits.

In this article, I will examine both the benefits and criticisms of using cognitive behavioral therapy.

This is part three of a three article series covering this therapy. CBT is considered a separate and distinct therapy from hypnosis, although many professional therapists have both in their toolbox for particular situations and clients.

The other articles in this series are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 101  and Uses of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

CBT itself can be used in individual sessions as well as support groups. Some people do better when they attend support groups that are CBT based as they meet with others with similar disorders and concerns who validate them, and can see progress in others and receive group coaching.

 

RECAP OF CBT AND ITS USES:

cognitive therapy jigsaw piecesCognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective because it does three important things for clients or patients using it.

First it helps teach individuals to assume a sense of self-empowerment – that is assuming responsibility for thinking the thoughts that lead to the feelings they are experiencing. CBT asserts that thoughts lead to feelings.

The second aspect of CBT is the emphasis it places on the client’s self-efficacy. The individual assumes all responsibility for not only what they think leading to what they feel, but also who and what they want to become. CBT teaches individuals they have the accountability to choose whatever they want to think and feel.

The third aspect of CBT is that it teaches individuals to live in the here and now. As they think so will they feel.

Therapists can obtain immediate impact on a client as it can change their mindset.

CBT is commonly used in brief intervention and crisis intervention (working with someone who is in mental crisis or suicidal) because it has the ability to have an immediate influence on one’s present cognition. You see when someone’s thought process or cognitions are negative or irrational then they are said to have a faulty thought process.

This faulty thought process leads the individual to think negatively, make bad choices, and produce feelings of fear, anxiety, pessimism and even depression.

CBT can be used in some patients to help them overcome the current patterns leading to bad or poor choices in the immediate and short-term now.

 

THE ADVANTAGES OF CBT:

Group therapy with young peopleOne of the greatest advantages of CBT is its skill-focused, structured and practical.

This means clients get specific education and practical coping skills on how to cope with their long-term problems – anxiety, depression, irrational thinking, addictions, etc.

It’s important for individuals to learn new techniques and strategies in order to cope.

Their old ways of thinking aren’t effective in dealing with these problems, and in many cases have led to their problems.

With cognitive-behavioral therapy the goal is to teach individuals how to anticipate, recognize and cope with actual and potential negative thought patterns by increasing one’s awareness and choice about behavior, capacity for coping, and self-control, and confidence/mastery.

When using CBT, individuals are taught ‘self-efficacy’. CBT focuses on two aspects of client behavior and cognition, one’s motivation to change, and the skills to facilitate and maintain changes. CBT is very beneficial in increasing the chances of a habit change being maintained in the individual, and this lifestyle change being successful!

CBT is psycho-educational in nature so clients get educated as they heal!

A second advantage is when CBT is used in groups, clients may learn how to work in a team and may see the effectiveness of collaborative, cohesive group work. These specific skills can help them overcome their addiction problems, negative thinking patterns while leading to help influence their social lives.

For those socially inept, they learn how to socialize acceptably which helps build self-esteem.

The third advantage with CBT it’s effective in working with people who have concurrent disorders. It’s a treatment for people who have mental health disorders and addictions problems (concurrent disorders/dual disorders). CBT helps people who have anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress syndromes while at the same time, treating dependencies and addictions, such as drug or alcohol addiction which individuals use to cope.

The final advantage of CBT is the lack of spiritual emphasis which some counseling-based treatments use, especially in treatment groups that are spiritual or 12 step based.

When used effectively, CBT emphasizes self-efficacy, personal autonomy and skills. Some individuals want “science-based” behavioral strategies that are proven and CBT is the closest type of treatment approach that assures clients that what they are getting is reliable and valid.

So, what are the cons or disadvantages to CBT?

 

THE DISADVANTAGES OF CBT:

woman relaxing in present moment with mindfulness sessionPerhaps the greatest disadvantage is the homework assignments assigned to clients to complete away from sessions. Homework assignments are usually tasks clients need to practice and complete on their own outside of the sessions.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is highly geared towards the acquisition of new skills, mainly through required homework assignments.

Unfortunately, many individuals can find this very difficult to accomplish.

Some clients don’t possess the organizational or discipline skills to complete the homework tasks on their own.

Others are simply not motivated enough, or view the assignments as nothing more than added burdens which they choose not to complete, and which undermines success in therapy.

Due to the structured nature of CBT it may not be suitable for people with more complex mental health needs or learning difficulties.

Also, there are literacy issues when clients are from different ethnic backgrounds, or have limited reading and writing skills.

Some of these issues can be handled by: embracing the individual’s resistance to change by teaching individual’s new organizational skills to help them cope with their chaotic and disorganized lives.

CBT teachers can simplify the homework assignments if they’re too complex and challenging.

This would be best achieved by explaining and clarifying the assignments with each individual according to their learning skills set. It’s important to recognize no two individuals are the same or think completely alike, so this is one of the barriers that needs to be overcome when using homework assignments.

You have to take into account one’s educational level and ability to comprehend what is being taught to them.

Remember, CBT is strongly based on learning, much like an educational course. Individuals are taught skills, strategies and mindsets they’re going to use to change old thinking patterns. Their old thinking patterns may have been there a long time, with years in the making.

With that said, there’s definitely going to be ‘harsh’ resistance to change, even when something isn’t working to their advantage – often times, one’s resistance to change parallels itself with ‘laziness’.

People become lazy thinkers, and are okay holding on to their faulty patterns if it means not having ‘to work’ on themselves! This will definitely be a challenge in trying to get some to change, especially those who don’t readily embrace change, and shun ‘education!”

But when you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of CBT, you can see the advantages tilt the scales in CBT’s favor! The greatest benefit is you don’t have to rehash the past and relive painful feelings. Instead clients can be trained to think in the moment and change their thought patterns right there and then.

The greatest strength of cognitive behavioral therapy is teaching people to live in the present.

So many therapies focus on a client’s pasts – what they believe they did wrong, regrets, and shame they continually carry, and ‘trying to undo’ past mistakes. When this carries into the present moment, they’re still living in the past, which becomes their burden.

Conversely, there are those who place too much emphasis on the future, they miss living in the present moment, and feel ‘out of control’. CBT teaches individuals not only how to master their thoughts, but live from a place of moment to moment awareness – thinking.

This is truly the only control they have over their lives…their thoughts.

If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Special Hypnosis Services Programs.

 

CONCLUSIONS:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy like many therapies isn’t a silver bullet or one size fits all treatment to overcome mental disorders and addictions. The therapist or counselor needs to determine if this intervention can help the client given their diagnosis and their situation and support environment.

CBT can also be used as part of a patient overall plan. Medication may still be required especially in those with a chronic mental health diagnosis. The motivation level of the patient along with their education-level and family environment has to be taken into account, as there are homework assignment demands.

Private and/or group therapy decision has to be determined, with again looking at the patient and their ability to do the work outside of therapy sessions to be successful.

CBT is also used for crisis intervention where its determined the individual’s thought process is faulty and because of this they’re in danger of making a life-threatening choice. Only a skilled therapist can make this determination.

Hypnosis can also help in overcoming addictions and faulty thought process especially when it comes to smoking or unhealthy eating. Because of this in certain circumstances a therapist can reach into this along with CBT techniques to provide an alternative or in combination with another therapy.

Finally, as CBT is focused on helping an individual live in the present then Mindfulness and Meditation can also be employed as homework to help not only quiet the mind but provide an ongoing environment to reinforce living in the present.

Consult with a professional to determine the best intervention based on the diagnosis of the patient.

Finally, an often-recommended book by therapists for clients about CBT when used for depression is Dr. David D. Burns’ book “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.” I’ve provided a link to the book  below.

I hope this article and series has been helpful. Please let me know in the comment section below.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY:

Feeling Good – The New Mood Therapy – Dr. David D. Burns >>>

Introduction to Mindfulness – Free At Last Hypnosis >>>

In-Depth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – PychCentral >>>

Library of Self-Hypnosis Downloads Products >>>

Peter Andrew Sacco Ph.D.
Staff Editor
Free At Last Hypnosis

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Treatments for Noise and Sound Sensitivity Including Misophonia and Hyperacusis

By Erika Slater
noise and Sound Sensitivity Concept Image

noise and Sound Sensitivity Concept Image

This post was updated in March 2020 to reflect new treatments and findings in research around the topic of noise sensitivity.

We’re told we enter the world with two fears – fear of falling and fear of loud noises. Every other fear it’s said is… learned.

However, for many folks they never lose the fear of loud noises. But it’s not the only sensitivity to sound that impacts people throughout their lives.

I suffer from tinnitus and while its not as extreme as some sufferers nonetheless its always present and I can sympathize with anybody who endures over the many forms of noise and sound sensitivity.

This article will explore different classifications of sensitivity and treatments available. I consider myself a practical person and while the medical research fascinates me, many times clinical description leads to a lack of understanding and clarification about what to do next for a lay person.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical doctor and in order to make this article readable I’ve taken some liberties with conditions and their classification in the scientific community. The fact that even the medical community doesn’t always agree on the classification I think gives me some “freedom” in categorizing in attempting to clarify.

Additionally, the field of noise and sound sensitivity is still in its infancy, and for most sufferers it’s less about what’s the classification and more about what’s the treatment available, right?

This article has been written for those suffering with these conditions and at the end of this article you’ll find some additional resources I’ve compiled to help you decide on next steps.

 

TYPES OF NOISE AND SOUND SENSITIVITY:

In the medical world today, there are four types of sound sensitivities: 1) Hyperacusis, 2) Recruitment, 3) Hyperacute Hearing, and 4) Misophonia and Phonophobia.

I’m going to use non-medical language to describe these terms but I’ve linked to resources later where you can get absorbed in more science if you wish.

Rock Band ConcertHyperacusis: This is a conditioned diagnosed when you’re got a sensitivity to a range of frequencies that often fall into the everyday sounds in the environment. The medical community is unsure how it develops but suspects there’s many different factors that can bring it on.

These factors range from damage to the ear through deterioration or a sudden loud event to genetics, stress or ill-health. Musicians are known to become intolerant to loud sounds and in particular members of rock bands subjected to long bouts of music at high decibels!

People suffering from Hyperacusis describe it as living in a world where the volume is constantly turned up intolerably loud. Sudden high-pitch sounds we may take as normal and brush-off become irritating and painful for sufferers and can include, alarms, children’s screams, and squealing truck brakes.

A high percentage of people diagnosed with Hyperacusis also suffer with Tinnitus – see below.

inner ear diagramRecruitment: Recruitment is linked to hearing loss and where perception of sound is exaggerated.

Science does not understand fully what happens, but the theory is there’s some hearing loss at specific frequencies and so sounds at this pitch do not impact a person but when the sound reaches a certain level the hearing cells covering the increased volume kick in – are “recruited” so to speak.

But because the high sound level is sudden, and not incrementally increased as for a normal person, it causes major discomfort and even pain for the individual sufferer.

Here’s an example based on one provided by Dr. Stephen Nagler about one of his parents to illustrate Recruitment: Say you were calling to your mother and you said “Mum.” She heard nothing, and didn’t respond. So, you’d say it a bit louder. Still nothing. A bit louder than that. Still nothing. And then … just a very tiny bit louder. She would respond: “Stop yelling so loud, I hear you fine!”

Recruitment is diagnosed mostly with people in cultures where people are bombarded with loud noise on a continual basis such as western cultures where loud everything seems to be the everyday norm.

Hyperacute Hearing: This classification is reserved for those who are sound sensitive at birth at certain frequencies and sound levels. Prime example is autistic children where some frequencies at some levels cause extreme discomfort where other frequencies at normal to loud levels don’t seem to bother them.

There’s debate on whether the condition is caused by an exaggerated response by the nerves in the ear or whether its by the listener – that is somewhat psychosomatically induced. Science is still working through this classification as its not restricted to autistic children.

Misophonia Concept ImageMisophonia and Phonophobia: These are symptoms that usually accompany Hyperacusis but are usually addressed separately and in addition to Hyperacusis. Misophonia is dislike of some sounds and Phonophobia is fear of sounds. Science is suggesting Phonophobia is a sub-category of Misophonia.

Misophonia is not impacted by sound level but by a particular sound. The person afflicted can become angry at the following: eating or chewing sounds, lip licking and smacking, but of others rather than themselves generating the sound, or spoken sounds by themselves and others, such as words with specific consonants in them.

Misophonia is also known as Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome or 4S for short.

Whatever causes Misophonia those suffering can become enraged and intolerant of the sounds and have to avoid eating with others or using certain words. It can be extremely impactful on a person’s life.

No less impactful is Phonophobia, because in fearing sounds sufferers end up avoiding circumstances where sound will impact them, which means planning their day or events in the future to avoid situations where they’ll experience this fear. This usually means becoming more and more isolated, which is the reverse of what is needed to help overcome the intolerance by keeping the ears active to rebuild the necessary tolerance.

Tinnitus Concept ImageTinnitus: As previously mentioned Tinnitus can be a symptom in those diagnosed with Hyperacusis. It isn’t a noise or sound sensitivity as regards being triggered by an external sound, in fact it’s a perception of phantom sounds internally and isn’t a condition by itself but a symptom.

While its usually described as a constant “ringing in the ears”, the noise can be hissing, buzzing, roaring, or clicking in addition to ringing.

The sound can come and go or be constant and be in either or both ears.

Most forms of tinnitus are caused by damage to the ear nerves or nerves in the brain that help interpret sound. Treatments developed for Tinnitus, as you’ll read, are used to aid with the noise and sound sensitivity issues discussed already.

 

TREATMENTS FOR NOISE AND SOUND SENSITIVITY CONDITIONS:

Girl Under Stress and Anxiety Below you’ll find some information on treatments and further resources for each of the conditions and symptoms mentioned above. In particular sound therapy using white noise is commonly used in treatments. One common element not adequately covered in any treatment plan is dealing with stress. As stress is a key symptom of all these conditions sometimes its difficult to “draw the line” between cause and effect.

While relieving the stress is not likely to make any of these conditions go away on its own , nonetheless historically we know a body under significant stress is prone to become a “sick body” which can aggravate and exaggerate existing conditions.

I would draw your attention to therapeutic hypnosis being helpful in getting stress under control, and thereby reducing the impact of your condition, as a good starting point for the other specific treatments below.

If you want to explore getting your stress under control further, then there’s a link in the resource section for more information.

Women with hearing aidsHyperacusis: Currently, there is no surgery or medical procedure for treating hyperacusis. The common treatment for Hyperacusis is Retraining Therapy which uses a combination of counseling and a sound generator.

The counseling helps sufferers cope better with the onset of hyperacusis to reduce the impact, and the sound generator uses broadband noise to retrain the auditory nerves and brain to tolerate normal environmental sounds.

The therapy can take anywhere from three months to two years to see improvements and can be expensive and typically not covered by insurance.

Next step should be reaching out to your primary physician to get referred to a specialist. You may need to search for an audiologist familiar with TRT (Tinnitus Retraining Therapy) or a specialist in TRT. I found if I went into Google search and typed in “tinnitus retraining therapy [town or city name]” I would get search results covering people treating tinnitus with TRT in my local area.

Most large hospitals or eye & ear departments will be familiar with TRT and put you in touch with audiologists and therapists familiar with the treatment.

Hearing Test MachineRecruitment: Suggested treatments for Recruitment are same as for Hyperacusis, that’s the Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. However, depending on the severity you may still end up needing a hearing aid.

Many times, people with the issue have been using ear plugs for many years, but this unfortunately reduces the symptoms but doesn’t help improving the condition.

Seek out through your primary care for an audiologist to help with the sound generation and proper setting of your hearing aid when they confirm you have Recruitment.

If you have issues with finding a referral, especially, with TRT training audiologists, reach out to your local city hospital or use the online search capability explained above under Hyperacusis.

Hyperacute Hearing: This information about treatment is taken from the AIT Institute website.

Commonly autistic children who have hyperacute hearing are treated with auditory integration therapy (AIT). AIT takes regular music and filters out the problem frequencies through a special machine called an audiokinetron. Somehow this therapy seems to ‘retune‘ their ears and normalizes their hearing tolerances. The music is listened to at decibel levels which can peak up to 90 decibels.

AIT can be used as a treatment in a number of non-hearing conditions and learning disorders involving speech and language. The UK website listed in the resources below covers the different disabilities where AIT training can help.

Misophonia and Phonophobia: As previously mentioned Misophonia and Phonophobia are not hearing issues per se but neurological problems. Because they can be present in sound sensitivity issues they are treated distinctly from the predominant sound issue.

Hypnotized WomanThere is no known cure for Misophonia but particular therapies have helped with reducing the symptoms. These include TRT as previously mentioned, Habituation Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

In addition to these treatments there’s a new one coming out of UK which is a hypnotherapy procedure specifically aimed at treating Misophonia called Sequent Repatterning. It’s developed by Chris Pearson a clinical hypnotherapist. Currently, few people are trained in its use and if you’re in the U.S. I would suggest you visit Chris’ site directly for more information about the procedure and determine next step.

A link to the website can be found below along with a group of sites covering Misophonia. There’s a discount for the 8-week program if you come through the Misophonia Treatment Institute for the Sequent Repatterning program and I’ve provided that link below.

Hypnosis Downloads has an inexpensive but popular session on noise sensitivity covering Misophonia and you can read more about it here >>>

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Sign ImageAs Phonophobia is considered an anxiety disorder common treatments include Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This description of Exposure Therapy is taken from the Psychcentral.com website:

In phobias, exposure therapy is used in conjunction with relaxation exercises and/or imagery. In conjunction with learning how to bring about a relaxed state at-will, the therapy technique gradually exposes patients to what frightens them and helps them cope with their fears.

A link to basic information on CBT treatment can be found in the resource section below.

Tinnitus: There is no proven cure for chronic Tinnitus but several treatments help reduce the impact on a sufferer’s life by helping them manage their condition. The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) website lists several treatments to help.

Depending on the original cause of the condition some or all of these may help. Attention to general wellness, hearing aids to recover hearing loss, sound therapies which includes Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) described earlier, and Behavioral Therapies to reduce the stress and anxiety responses.

The ATA website has a provider network search capability and so your next step should be to check this out to see if a provider resource is available close to your location. Also, reach out to your primary physician as they may be able to provide a referral to a specialist or a city hospital with an ear treatment specialization.

Kevin Hogan, Psy, D was a Tinnitus sufferer who had such a severe case he contemplated suicide. He wrote a book on how he got his condition under control and came back from the brink – he explains what “cure” means for him. Kevin can be controversial so if you read his section on Tinnitus at his website linked to in the resource section, you’ll get his blunt opinions on some of the treatments already discussed. Kevin also subscribes to the notion that the intensity of the tinnitus being experienced can be linked to what is going on in personal life and unresolved issues, and this needs to be addressed as part of your individual program.

 

OTHER TREATMENTS TO RESEARCH:

There are two additional therapy treatments I suggest the reader explores further particularly for those conditions where stress and anxiety are major contributors to the intensity of the symptoms as in Misophonia and Phonophobia.

However, as noted earlier stress and anxiety accompanies many of the other noise and sound sensitivity conditions as a symptom needing to be addressed, so there’s value in exploring these treatments for any of these conditions.

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing is a therapy developed to aid physiological healing of distress associated with traumatic memories. Its also been used in reducing PTSD symptoms.

Individual research is underway on determining if EMDR is an appropriate therapy for dealing with Misophonia and I would recommend you look for studies being offered to determine if appropriate for you. I’ve placed a link below for more information on what EMDR is all about.

IEMT: Integral Eye Movement Therapy shares with EMDR the basic model of eye movement but then they differ substantially. While EMDR developed for dealing with trauma uses imagery central to its work, IEMT has application beyond PTSD but imagery is largely irrelevant for its process. Andrew T. Austin in the UK developed IEMT. Again, I’ve placed a link in the resource section for more information but be aware this is a site for practitioners.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO NOISE SENSITIVTY:

For some this may be the most important section of the article as it can help you find the right help and next step towards “recovery” and “cure” and I put that in quotes as it will have a different definition for each of us. These website and links to articles were ones I found useful in understanding the conditions and treatments available. I sincerely hope they help you or a loved one dealing with any of these issues.

Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) as a Method for Treatment of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Patients >>> 

Overprotection-Hyperacusis-Phonophobia & Tinnitus Retraining Therapy: A Case Study >>>

Recruitment from Hearing Loss Explained >>>

Getting Your Stress and Anxiety Under Control >>>

Sensory Problems Associated with Autism – UK Site >>>

Information About Auditory Integration Training >>>

Dealing with Misophonia >>>

Misophonia Treatment Institute >>>

Sequent Repatterning Hypnotherapy – Chris Pearson >>>

What is Phonophobia >>>

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – 101 >>>

What is Exposure Therapy? >>>

Tinnitus Treatment Options – ATA Website >>>

Answers for Your Ringing – Kevin Hogan >>>

What is EMDR? >>>

IEMT – Change in the Blink of an Eye >>>

Library of Self-Hypnosis Downloads Products >>>

 

FINAL COMMENTS:

I welcome comments about this article with a desire to keep it updated and as accurate as possible. Links to resources over time become updated or broken so email me if you find something not sending you to the place you expected.

If you want to consider working directly with me through my online or in-office sessions then check out my Hypnosis Services or if you’ve a specific question about this articel or seeking help then contact me here.

When I started researching for this article I really didn’t find one place that brought multiple conditions and multiple treatments together, and I’ve humbly attempted to overcome that challenge here. It turned out to be a mammoth exercise and I do hope those who suffer with any noise and sound sensitivity issues finds it a useful resource.

If you did find it useful please share with others and for therapists and practitioners feel free to link to it.

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Overcoming Energy Drink Addiction – The Caffeine & Sugar Trap

By Erika Slater
Energy Drink Can Image

Energy Drink Can Image
Back in the day, an energy drink was considered a ‘black as night coffee’ with more than enough sugar for the extra spike.

You got your caffeine and your sugar combined in what most thought of as the perfect ‘stay a-wake energy drink!’ Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like coffee has disappeared or fallen off the earth, but today people who love the quick hit of energy prefer the more commercial energy drinks.

However, just like coffee, some people are getting addicted to them.

The millennial generation seems to be one specific ‘population’ who relies heavily on the energy drinks and is making them a staple part of their daily diets.

There are many different ‘energy drinks’ on the market now, with varying ‘hours’ they guarantee to pick you up, or keep you awake.

This is all harmless stuff, right? After all its just caffeine and sugar? Unfortunately, the combination is far from harmless as you’ll begin to see…

 

THE ROAD TO ADDICTION:

Caffeine Addiction Concept ImageCaffeine is known to be addictive and a stimulant. Most energy drinks though contain less caffeine than a Starbucks coffee. Because of this folk feel there’s no harm being done. But they forget the accumulative effect of taking multiple energy drinks per day and combining with other drinks.

You see, most people who’re consuming these energy drinks are also consuming traditional drinks as well that contain caffeine such as coffee and teas, even though they’re ‘herbal.’

Caffeine is the primary ingredient in energy drinks so in essence, people may be loading up on mega doses of caffeine throughout the day and not even be cognizant of how much they’re consuming.

As caffeine acts as a stimulant it kicks the central nervous system (CNS) up to higher levels, i.e. heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, and changes in brain chemistry.

For all intents and purposes, energy-enhancing drugs, including coffee are a drug.

Yes, you heard that correct. Anything that has the ability to change one’s CNS is considered a stimulant… a drug! And drugs come with both positive and negative side effects.

Many people who use a lot of energy drinks, or become addicted to consuming them (yes indeed, stimulants are highly addictive) report they have adverse side-effects. These side-effects are some of the more common ones associated with stimulant abuse and addictions.

These negative side-effects include:

  • Nervousness,
  • Rapid heart-rate and palpitations,
  • Increases in blood pressure,
  • Edginess,
  • Restlessness,
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.

Furthermore, overuse of energy drinks can cause nausea, vomiting and changes in eating habits.

Is it really worth developing these chronic symptoms for the sake of momentary energy every day? If that’s not enough of a concern, people have actually overdosed on energy drinks because they really didn’t believe they were dangerous in terms of consuming large amounts of them daily.

The scary part is not all manufacturers of energy drinks state the specific doses of caffeine their drinks are laden with.

Sugar Sack ImageAll this related to the caffeine aspect should be enough to have folks reconsider dependency on energy drinks. But we’re not done yet. Because, then comes the sugar they contain…

Sugar we know is also highly addictive. One of my hypnosis services is helping people with Sugar Addiction. It’s real, serious and a major reason people gain weight and struggle to wean themselves off the sugar. The food industry has done a “wonderful” job of addicting us to their products, and they’ve done this using processed foods and… sugar.

If you’ve reached this far in the article, then you’re obviously concerned about energy drinks and what they contain and how addictive they can become. Maybe you, or somebody you know, is addicted and its time to do something about it.

What does the road to recovery look like?

 

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY:

Like many addictions there are degrees and so the timing of the road to recovery will vary.

Depending on the severity of the addiction, or dependence of the energy drink used by an individual, they may actually have to see a professional and be ‘detoxed’, or weaned off of the drink, just as with any other type of drug addiction.

Start by seeing your primary care physician. They can refer you to a professional therapist if needed.

Willpower Concept ImageIf you’re in the early stages where the energy drink is becoming ‘habit forming’, or you don’t want it to become an addiction, then you have the option of going “cold turkey” or using hypnosis for helping you rid yourself of it before it becomes a “monkey on your back!”

If your choice is “cold turkey” then get all caffeine out of your consumption – including coffee and tea and other caffeine-laden beverages (including soda) – water, makes a fine substitute both short and long-term. Cold turkey means stopping use abruptly and because of this it requires significant amounts of will-power. If you believe you have strong will-power as evidenced from going “cold turkey” in giving something else up successfully, then go for it.

The first few days will be the most difficult – you should be able to get through at least 24-hours abstaining from use of caffeine. If you can’t then move to hypnosis.

If, like most smoker’s, going “cold turkey” doesn’t work for you for overcoming the habit and cravings, then make an appointment with a local hypnotist. Look to interview and work with somebody who specializes in addictions. If you want to consider working directly with me on a addiction through my online or in-office sessions then check out my Hypnosis Services or if you’ve a specific need then contact me here.

There are also self-hypnosis products available if you prefer to go that route first before seeing an hypnotherapist. So, if you’re ready to escape the trap of relying on borrowed energy and ready to manage your energy levels and focus on self-care then check out this self-hypnosis session here >>>

Energy drink addiction is serious and something we’re still learning about. If you’re concerned you’re forming this addiction seek help now.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO ADDICTIONS:

Top 14 Energy Drink Dangers

Stop Drinking Soda for Your Own Good – Peter Sacco

Short Program Sugar Addiction Hypnosis Service >>>

Can Energy Drinks Really Boost a Person’s Energy – Mayo Clinic

The 8 Best Healthy Energy Drinks – Women’s Health

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

By Erika Slater
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Concept Image

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Concept Image
The term and illness ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ is commonly discussed when it comes to people experiencing persistent lethargy.

Not too long ago there was much discussion on whether or not it was an actual disorder, or more of a somatoform disorder, or even something individuals feign – psychosomatic if you will.

The question for the logest time was… is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) a real disorder?

The fact is it’s an accepted disease these days as medical science understands there is a group of illnesses that attacks our body systems causing fatigue but without being able to identify the cause or see it running around under a microscope. But for those experiencing ME its real and can make one’s life miserable.

CFS is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and is now the preferred term in the medical profession.

 

HOW MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS (ME) IMPACTS THE BODY:

Woman with neck pain imageIt’s a complex and debilitating chronic illness that can really interfere and disrupt the quality of one’s life.

There are many symptoms associated with ME/CFS, but the more common ones are the experiences individuals report having for six months or longer. These would include muscle pain, concentration difficulties and lack of sleep. When you have CFS, the pain is one of the most obvious symptoms as you cannot ignore the fact it exists.

Headaches are usually the most common symptoms along with joint pains and muscle pains.

Getting up and moving around can be such a painful chore for many with CFS they prefer to lay down with ice packs, heating pads and pain relievers.

Concentration difficulties are also one of the hallmark symptoms of ME. Individuals can experience issues with their attention spans, concentration and memory. This has been linked to problems in how their brain processes information. It’s believed the issue revolves around the brains’ inability to process complex information.

Also, when individuals are in constant pain, this will also distract them from their ability to focus on pertinent information in the present.

When individuals report having CFS, they often report being fatigued most or all of the time due to the lack of sleep issues they experience.

When you’ve CFS, you often have ‘unrefreshing’ sleep due to interrupted sleep patterns, continually waking up, not falling asleep due to pain, and then experiencing excessive ‘sleepiness’ throughout the day. Interesting, some individuals will get 8 hours or more of sleep and still feel tired! This will frustrate them and many will load up on caffeine and/or other ‘pick me ups’ and still feel tired.

Obviously, this is no laughing matter as feeling fatigued and sleepy constantly can quickly make someone feel depressed, and this is why many sufferers are prescribed anti-depressants.

Which brings us onto to treatments used today…

 

TREATING MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS (ME)/CFS:

Woman Headache Diagnosis ImageLike all conditions such as CFS it’s important to get a diagnosis first.

See your Doctor and explain your symptoms so they can diagnose what you have and explain your options. These may include additional alternatives for you over and above those mentioned below.

There is no specific medication prescribed for ME. Individuals who’ve diagnosed are often times prescribed pain medications as well as sleep aids from their physicians. Some physicians may also have patients take anti-depressants as well.

Since the causation of ME is complex, and drugs don’t get at the root cause, only treating the symptoms, many individuals with ME look to other ways to cope, treat and manage their symptoms to live more effective lives.

While somewhat simplistic treatments some of the following are recommended for those with stable ME symptoms:

  • Avoid stressful situations
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar and sweeteners
  • Eat regular meals to help reduce any nausea
  • Spend time relaxing
  • Avoid taking naps or sleeping excessively

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a way of treating many health conditions. CBT is provided by trained therapists one-on-one and specific to your conditions. The therapist will help you to increase your sense of control over your symptoms by changing the way you think and behave.

Hypnosis is a complimentary option for treating ME/CFS as well. Similar to CBT it affects the way you think but the difference is it bypasses the conscious mind to affect the subconscious mind in increasing your control over your symptoms.

It can help individuals with pain management issues, by teaching distracting techniques, as well as other ways for minimizing the pain they’re experiencing. Furthermore, hypnosis can help individuals learn to relax more, and also help them fall and stay asleep.

Hypnosis may not cure CFS, but it will help manage the symptoms. If you want to consider working directly with me on this illness to help with your symptoms, through my online or in-office sessions, then check out my Hypnosis Services or if you’ve a specific need then contact me here.

Many physical illnesses and conditions can be affected by what the mind thinks, and the subconscious when directed by attitudes and thoughts planted by hypnosis can provide an avenue to reduce the impact of the disease on a body. To check out a self-hypnosis session click here >>>

 

FURTHER RESOURCES RELATED TO CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME:

Mayo Clinic Section on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What’s It Like to Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Hypnosis for Management of Pain Relief – Erika Slater

Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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What is Orthorexia and How to Overcome it

By Peter Sacco
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Orthorexia Concept Image

Are you an orthorexic?

If you have never heard of this concept, then perhaps you might want to read on as this is not a new phenomenon, but one that is getting more attention due to the greater emphasis in today’s society on eating healthy.

Are you obsessed with eating healthy all of the time?

Orthorexia nervosa was first coined by Dr. Steven Bratman to describe his own experiences with food choices and eating. It is not currently listed in the DSM-5 as an actual eating disorder, but has many of the qualities of an eating disorder which makes it similar to actual eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

In a nutshell, othorexics have an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy all of the time.

Orthorexia nervosa in fact means having a fixation on righteous eating. Orthorexics have intense, rigid eating regimes which are based on food purity (clean eating) and quality.

They are completely obsessed with when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat. If and when they “cheat“, that is eat anything “bad” in their mind, or in between meals, they loathe themselves for doing so, and some even believe that they have to punish themselves for doing so. This punishment is usually carried out in the form of stricter eating, self-starvation/fasting or intense exercising as a way of “purging” their minds of the bad which they have done.

One of the most interesting aspects of orthorexics is their sense of mastery and control.

Some actually feel a sense of superiority over other people because of their perfect eating habits. This is when this eating disorder closely resembles anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

Orthorexia is all about control!

This control is the by-product or result of the orthorexic’s self-esteem. The intense control for eating good, pure food translates into one believing they are physically, spiritually and mentally pure. The orthorexic possesses this need to at least feel they are living a superior lifestyle. This compulsion for eating right helps them create a sense of identity for themselves which creates a greater self-esteem, while at the same time leading them to mentally escape their fears and inadequacies.

Is it mentally healthy? No!

Sure they are eating well, but at the same time they have created obsessions and compulsion (rituals) which may be disrupting their lives, their social functioning, while making others around them feel uneasy.

The best approach for treating orthorexia nervosa individuals is to help them re-create their thought patterns which are distorted and definitely irrational. Their intentions started out good but somewhere along the line became obsessive.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the best methods for helping individuals overcome this dogmatic thinking. Also, hypnosis is an excellent aid in helping people who are overly stressed out with obsessed thoughts surrounding food and lifestyle.

You see many individual with obsessed thinking patterns operate with a “must do” mindset to live out this perfection. Hypnosis can help retrain the unconscious mind to move from a “must do” thought process to one that is more liberal, easy going and forgiving! If you want to discuss working directly with us on mindset to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.

If you constantly are checking and fretting over what you eat and the time and feel “bad” when you slip up on food choices then conside a self-hypnosis hypnosis download program such as this one on Orthorexia here >>>

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO ORTHOREXIA:

Crush Your Aversion to Going Gluten-Free and Sticking with it! >>>

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How to Get Shingles Pain Relief

By Peter Sacco
Shingles Virus Concept
Shingles Virus Concept

Shingles may be lurking in your body…

Over the last few years, the outbreak of the virus known as shingles has become more prevalent in North America.

The virus itself appears first inside the body and the symptoms develop on the skin as an extremely painful rash that resembles chicken pox. Most often the pustules appear as blisters on the torso, sides, upper back and neck of the individual.

Some of the more painful lesions spring forth on the face and the upper neck.

The virus itself, “varicella-zoster” is the same virus that causes chicken pox.

Interestingly, once you have had chicken pox, which most people have when they were children, the virus remains in the body inactive. Shingles on Mayo Clinic here >>>

Due to overwhelming stress and distress an individual may experience, both physically and psychology, the virus can become active once again in the body as it has remained dormant in the nerve tissue and the brain and spinal cord.

For the most part, shingles is not life threatening whereby it can be treated and controlled, however in some cases for seniors or those with cases or medical problems, the illness could cause intense sickness.

One of the horrific aspects of shingles is the intense pain that accompanies having the blisters and rashes.

For many people, the severe nerve pain becomes unbearable and uncomfortable whenever anything touches the skin, even soft clothing. It is important to get medical treatment immediately at the earliest onset of shingles. Blisters and rashes usually appear after there is extreme shooting pains or tingling/itching in the skin usually on one side of the body. Within a day to two weeks the blisters begin to appear thus creating a rash.

When the virus is treated early with medication, it may fight the virus more effectively as well as preventing the intense nerve pains that can linger.

When it comes to nerve pain, the discomforting pain can last for weeks, months, and even years for some individuals even well after the blisters have healed.

For shingles, the best treatment is prevention.

Since it usually is more common in individuals over the age of sixty, doctors strongly encourage the shingles vaccine for this population to prevent it from occurring. For the less fortunate who contract the virus, the best line of treatment are anti-viral medications, antibiotic creams as well as over the counter pain medications to lessen the discomfort.

Some doctors prescribe Lidocaine patches and opiates such as codeine for individuals whose pain is so unbearable.

One of the most unfortunate experiences with shingles is the pain caused by restlessness which also leads to lack of sleep. Many people with shingles report that they can never get comfortable, let alone sleep.

For them, the nights are incredibly long and lonely.

Hypnosis is an exceptional tool for assisting in relaxing, sleeping and pain management. It is an excellent complement to the medication, and in some cases can speed the healing by helping the mind teach the body to heal itself naturally. If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.

Alternatively, there are excellent CD’s or MP3 Downloads that you can use on your own. One such Hypnosis MP3 for download can be found here >>>

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO PAIN RELIEF:

Hypnosis for Management of Pain Relief – A History and Uses >>>

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis >>>

Library of Self-Hypnosis Downloads Products >>>

 
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All About Facial Tics and Remedies

By Peter Sacco
Concerned Woman Look
Concerned Woman Look

Facial Tics can be controlled…

More information is available today than ever before on Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) which often are at the root of facial tics.

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that demonstrates strong symptoms which include ticking and sudden movements.

The most common early symptoms seen in Tourette Syndrome are tics that include facial tics, rapid eye blinking and squinting, as well as twitches that involve the mouth – many times those inflicted are not aware when it happens.

The onset of this disorder usually occurs in older children and teens, before the age of 18 years of age.

In order for the tics to be directly correlated too, or related to Tourette Syndrome, the tics must be persistent for at least one year in the individual.

Moreover, the tics become so mild to very intense, and can come in bouts throughout the course of a day, or sporadically. In some instances, the ticking may stop for several days, or even weeks only to return.

Tourette Syndrome symptoms and tics are not a new phenomenon.

As a matter of fact, the first true medical case was diagnosed in 1825 by Dr. Itard. By 1883, Tourette Syndrome was coined and named after the French neurologist Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette. Today tics and Tourette Syndrome symptoms and involuntary actions are more commonly seen and readily identifiable.

The exact reason for what causes tics and Tourette Syndrome is not actually known, but experts believe that it may be genetically passed down in genes from a member from current or past generations who possessed it.

It is believed that what gets passed down is a gene which creates imbalances in the brain.

These imbalances effect the chemical messengers or neuro-transmitters known as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Most mental health practitioners and medical doctors assert that getting the chemical imbalances stabilized and corrected is the goal to eliminating tics.

One of the most common treatments for facial tics is medication. It should be mentioned that anti-psychotic drugs also have side-effects which can include involuntary muscle stimulation such as tics, which if left unchecked can be permanent. Consult the physician prescribing the drug immediately if this is seen.

Under the supervision of a knowledgeable medical expert, patients are administered small doses of a medication to control side-effects of the drug, while maximizing the alleviation of the tics.

Once a baseline is established where the tics are minimized to non-existent, and there are little to zero side-effects, then the ability to control the individual’s ticking is achieved.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) often times accompanies the medication treatment of tics. Often times tics and twitching are caused or made worse by stress, anxiety and negative thinking. Sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) often exhibit tics.

When CBT is used to treat tics, it teaches the individual from a psycho-educational point how their irrational or stressful thoughts may be triggering the tics. Along with CBT, practitioners are also teaching clients to use meditation and relaxation techniques to alleviate not only the tics, but the stress that leads to the ticking.

One of the most effective and quickest way to help treat both the stress and the tics are through hypnosis.

When hypnosis is used with progressive muscle relaxation techniques, the symptoms lesson and even disappear for good. With age, tics and involuntary muscles twitching tend to diminish and disappear. If you want to discuss working directly with us on your particular issue to see if we can help and advise you on a next step, then check out our Hypnosis Services or you can contact us here.

Alternatively, check out this self-hypnosis MP3 session to help here >>>.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO REMEDIES:

Can Hypnosis Really Help with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – OCD? >>>

Why is it So Darn Hard to Cope with Stress? Ways to Reduce It >>>

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Overcoming Addiction to Porn

By Peter Sacco
Adults Only Image
Adults Only Image

Internet is making addiction to porn easier for men…

WARNING: This article attempts to treat a serious problem in a mature and non-offensive manner. However, if you’re easily offended then please do not read further.

When you examine the fastest growing and most common addictions among men, is it any surprise that it is an addiction to pornography?

Research and statistics now show that there are well over 100 million web pages devoted to pornography, and it grows each day and seems more prevalent.

Pornography has become more popular than NFL football, NASCAR and the UFC which are extremely important forms of viewing entertainment to men.

Furthermore, what once used to be an activity limited to television viewing or adult only theaters, pornography has quickly become a medium that men can view anytime and anywhere.

Herein lies the problem… pornography has become so easily accessible and also free.

Is it any wonder why so many men are behaving like kids in a candy store where they just can’t seem to get enough?

I have done much research into pornography viewing habits and addictions and find that it has the ability to become addictive very fast! Often times, people start out their pornography viewing habits out of curiosity or sheer boredom.

Before long it becomes habitual due to the visual and even ecstatic orgasmic arousal that it produces that they become addicted to it. Since so many people have Blackberries, I-Phones, I-Pads and other small electronic devices that have data plans, it is not uncommon for many men to take porn to work with them, watch it during lunch breaks, sit out in parking lots, etc.

The desire becomes a want which quickly becomes a “need” to have to engage in some kind of porn viewing to get aroused and satisfied. And there are tremendous consequences that occur once one becomes hooked on porn.

I wrote a self-help book entitled, The Madonna Complex with my co-author Debra Laino who is a sex therapist.

When you link pornography addictions to the Madonna Complex, you quickly get someone who develops a full-blown sex addiction, which ironically does not even include their own spouse!

Some male porn addicts possessing Madonna complex use strip clubs, massage parlors and escorts/prostitutes to satiate their sexual urges, hungers and fantasies. This is “okay” in their minds because they really are not cheating, rather using the services of a paid professional.

You see, many with sex addictions begin lying to themselves that sex is just a physical act and does not involve emotion. And for the most part they really are able to separate the act from their emotions, therefore believing that they are not cheating on their mates.

Furthermore, many create a “dual self” for themselves which serves as this alter ego.

In the end, many men who possess the Madonna complex, become porn addicts, and/or become incapable of having sexual relations with their wives.

So many wives “blame” themselves for being unattractive, or not sexy, but the real problem begins, lies and flourishes within the men who are not able to process the world of sexuality. This destroys many marriages and the ability to form bonds of trust suffers.

The best way to treat pornography addiction is very much like treating a sex addiction or any addiction for that matter – support groups and 12 Step programs.

They are very effective, efficient and provide positive results in the ability to overcome the addiction. They are confidential and best of all, you can find a host of them on-line and participate through the Internet.

Alternatively, if you’re not ready for a support group but want to make a step forward and away from your addiction then check out this hypnosis MP3 session here >>>

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO ADDICTIONS:

How to Strengthen Your Resilience, Perseverance and Grit to Get Success in Your Life >>>

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Introducing a Primer for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

By Erika Slater
NLP Concept Image
NLP Concept Image

Will NLP help you? Decide for yourself…

Neuro-Linguistic Programming or NLP hasn’t been around for very long – 40 years. It has however been employed by some famous self-help gurus – most noteworthy is Tony Robbins.

But this doesn’t tell the important part of its capabilities as we do not all have the charisma and tribal following of a Tony Robbins or a T. Harv Eker, and neither do most practitioners of NLP.

NLP has been used by its practitioners as a means to help people achieve a different result in their life.

These can be people who have a major behavioral issue of habit they want to change, or people who seek a richer and more fulfilling life.

As NLP, at its core, offers the potential for deeper self-awareness and ability to control outcomes with this knowledge, then this all makes sense.

However, critics of NLP are those who exist in the world of measurement and scientific fact-based and repeatable results, and in this scrutiny NLP does not hold up well. Its frustrating dichotomy is because everybody creates their own individual reality then achieving the same result for a common group is by definition impossible.

NLP has worked its way into the hypnotherapy world and achieved a level of acceptance as a means to supplement and strengthen the work done in hypnosis. Some practitioners believe all you need is NLP and have abandoned hypnosis altogether.

The fact is NLP is controversial. There is no scientific experiment performed yet that proves it works. However, there is no scientific experiment to prove the existence of many things we believe in – yet world leaders, champion athletes, and even scientists accept common beliefs for which there is no evidence to support.

But this post is not about trying to convince you NLP works or doesn’t work. It is a forward to a brand new 4-part series I commissioned from Peter Sacco who writes for this blog. It is an introductory series to NLP for the rest of us. Here at Free At Last Hypnosis we practice what we preach. These NLP concepts are leveraged in our various stop smoking hypnosis and weight loss sessions we offer, as it instills techniques to help the change process for our clients.

Read all four-parts of this primer series and you’ll understand NLP at a level you can decide whether it can help you achieve the goals you have. This may take you on a lifetime quest with NLP at your core as it has for many people.

I urge you to approach the topic with an open-mind and decide for yourself rather than be influenced by people with hidden agendas who hide behind the cloak of anonymity.

Enjoy the reading.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING:

Here are the articles in the series:

  1. NLP – What is It?
  2. NLP – The Map is Not the Reality
  3. How Life and the Mind are Systemic Processes
  4. NLP – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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