Consider a life limited by terror and anxiety, in which every movement is inspected and even the minor decision is agonized over. Hours are exhausted examining daily obligations or conditions that many people carry out easily. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 40 million people in the United States who experience anxiety disorders are inflicted with this kind of reality.

In that vein, more than 18 percent of Americans endure a form of a panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, general anxiety disorder or phobias, such as a social phobia, agoraphobia, or a specific phobia, which embody common fears of articles such as heights, elevators or germs.

Are you among them? A lot of people aren't aware how to figure out if their inherent concerns have morphed into a phobia. A phobia is classified as an unreasonable dread or fear. When someone meets a phobia trigger, he or she might become panicked with faster heartbeat and breathing. Frequently, they might begin to feel a choking sensation or their hands turn clammy. The person could also hear ringing in their ears and find they are unable to focus on their atmosphere.

Like any unpleasant sensation, people may go to great lengths to sidestep the feelings, things or settings that initiate them. If someone has a social phobia, that person might evade people, or if it is a common phobia, including spiders or coffins, people who have a phobia will aim to evade those triggers.

The anxiety disorder phobia might be one of the most difficult to unravel because ensuing problems commonly result from the anxiety phobia relationship, such as melancholy or drug dependence. In fact, many people who suffer from one anxiety disorder commonly acquire additional anxiety disorders.

Though it can be valuable to visit with a mental health professional to make a diagnosis of your phobia and look at the core of it, the imperative action is entering into treatment for the phobia and anxiety. There are several therapies for successfully eliminating a phobia, including talk therapy, drugs, systematic desensitization, hypnotherapy and Nuero-Linguistic Programming.

Typically, drugs for phobia and anxiety treatment include sedatives, which actually exacerbate the difficulty because they don't focus on the deep cause of the phobia. Other mental health professionals prefer to use talk therapy; however, discussing or even thinking about the situation or atmosphere of the principal anxiety phobia can bring about a panic attack.

Traditional hypnosis—which merely assists the subject accomplish a relaxed state of hypnosis and then offering post-hypnotic suggestions or commands—can be very effective if the he or she is amenable to it. That said, a lot of people with phobias rebuff the notion that they will be more relaxed and at ease when they are confronted with the environment or situation that triggers anxiety from the correlating phobia.

Knowing the challenges and even hindrances of other types of phobia treatments, systematic desensitization can be an effectual treatment. It is the practice of slowly desensitizing a client to the prompt that causes the anxiety disorder phobia and resulting panic attacks.

For example, if a subject desires to conquer a phobia of dogs, she is asked to first sit down and imagine a dog until she is secure with the picture. Then, she is given a picture of a dog to look at. Perhaps she proceeds to holding a plush dog and so on until she is able to remain in the presence of a canine without the panic symptoms—possibly even touch it.

The key point is that, following each step, the client acknowledges that nothing bad took pace and that she is secure. If at any time she feels fear or panic, the therapist asks the client to go back to the previous step until she has redeemed a sense of security.

Fortunately, there is a tactic to make this process less painful and frightening: Systematic desensitization can be carried out while the client is in a relaxed state of hypnosis. While in a relaxed hypnotic trance, the subject would be asked to execute the same actions, however she would actually be feeling very peaceful as she imagined herself feeling relaxed and comfortable in the situation that provokes anxiety.

Just like live systematic desensitization that occurs without the benefit of hypnosis, if the client experiences any anxiety connected to her phobia, she is directed to go back to the previous action. The only downside is that this technique can necessitate a fair amount of time to create liberation from a phobia.

The quickest and most effective way to abolish a phobia is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique called a Visual/Kinesthetic Disassociation. It commonly alleviates the client of a long-term phobia in only one session. The technique actually programs the client to disassociate, or mentally step outside of themselves at the point that they might usually undergo their anxiety attack. The process literally splits the subjective feelings from the mental images that cause the panic attack in the first place.

CONCLUSION: While any phobia treatment that someone assumes will necessitate work and commitment, systematic desensitization coupled with hypnosis can offer an effective cure. But the NLP Visual/Kinesthetic Disassociation can offer an answer that almost seems magical by allowing the client to triumph over the phobia quickly with significantly less—perhaps even no—discomfort or panic.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH spent 30 years to help clients overcome irrational phobias. He offers a successful phobia treatment based on NLP and hypnotherapy. Learn more on his Neuro-VISION hypnotherapy website using his Free research library and video hypnosis research library.