Hypnosis and hypnotherapy is an excellent treatment for stress and anxiety. Anxiety, panic disorder and depressions are all psychosomatic illnesses. Stress is when you are constantly faced with challenges and there is no relief to that stress factors.
With hypnosis we tap into the subconscious mind that controls all the bodily functions. In the limbic system the amygdala is the instinctive processor of emotional information senses danger, the HPA-axis (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis), instead of forwarding this information to the neocortex for logical analyzes, it immediately releases stress hormones called corticosterone and adrenalin into the bloodstream. This is short lived physiological actions in the sympathetic nervous system called acute stress. These steroids give fast energy, that changes the heart rate, withdraw more blood from our digestive system and redirecting it into the muscles preparing our body for the possible fight of flight response. The brain sends signals to the adrenal gland to create stress hormones.
Acute stress reaction is a psychological shock or condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event.
Chronic stress is the response to long term emotional pressure suffered for a prolonged period over which an individual perceives he or she has no control. It involves an endocrine system response in which occurs a release of corticosteroids. If this continues for a long time, it can cause damage to an individual’s physical and mental health.
Chronic stress blocks the signals reaching the adrenal glands that can stop producing stress hormones, so they keep making them and that creates more stress increasing the free radical damage in the hippocampal neurons, that damages the mitochondria and the results is increased free radical damage!
This creates a dysfunctional neuronet and the individuals end up with low levels of dopamine or serotonin, neuro-transmitting chemicals in the brain and the result is depression.
From then on they are incapable to think logically, make the right decisions. The stress hormones released into our bloodstream are keeping them in a lower primitive life form, because the harmonic brain functioning stopped working.