Anxiety in Children

Statistics show that anxiety and mental health issues are rising significantly in children and teens, and young people today are experiencing more and more stress at earlier ages. Emotional and mental health in young people is a global concern. According to Sheila Granger, expert in hypnotherapy with children, the World Health Organization reports around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems, predicting that by 2050 emotional and mental health issues will be the world’s biggest killer.

Symptoms of anxiety appear in many forms. Some of these are easy to recognize such as a child having trouble sleeping in his/her own bed, difficulty separating from a parent, and fearful or inhibited behavior. Other symptoms may be harder to recognize such as aggressive behavior, disruptive or
dysregulated behavior, behavioral outbursts, seeming distracted or forgetful, poor listening and difficulty following directions.

Anxiety is very good at disguising itself. It can look like many other things and can get over-looked or misdiagnosed. Anxiety also often co-occurs with other issues, such as ADD/ADHD; obsessive-compulsive disorder; oppositional defiant disorder; learning disability; auditory processing disorder; autistic spectrum disorder; Tourette’s syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Regardless of whether anxiety is masquerading as something else or occurring alongside another diagnosis, effectively treating the anxiety is essential. When the anxiety is dealt with properly, then the adults in the child’s world have a much clearer picture of what is going on with the child, and they will be much better able to address and treat any other co-existing problem, resulting in a happier and more well-adapted child.

Hypnotherapy (including visualization, breathwork, meditation, mindfulness) is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety (refer to evidence cited below).
Children have an excellent ability to imagine and visualize, and they experience natural states of hypnosis over a dozen times a day just by becoming absorbed in thought or by using their imaginations. Hypnotherapy works naturally, quickly and efficiently to address negative emotions and fears because emotions, fears, and anxiety exist in the subconscious mind. In just a few sessions, it is possible to find the cause and take control of or eliminate the problem.

In a research study involving over 100 patients suffering from stress-related conditions it was found that 75% felt their symptoms were improving after 12 weeks of self-hypnosis practice, within one year 72% of the group reported complete remission of their symptoms as a result of the self-hypnosis.
(Maher-Loughnan, G.P. 1980, “Hypnosis: Clinical application of hypnosis in medicine’, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 23: 447-55)

‘Clinical Review’ of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the BMJ looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded: ‘There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety‘, the same report also concluded that hypnosis was proven to be effective in treating panic attacks and phobia.
(Vickers and Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349)

If you or your child are unhappy with the current method of treatment, or if all other attempted treatments have failed, feel free to message me for more information to determine if hypnotherapy may be the solution to your child regaining his/her health, happiness and quality of life.

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