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Panic, anxiety, dissociation and hypnosis

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2021

"Hiya, I've left it a few months as I wanted to make sure it wasn't just a blip, but since the hypnosis session with you, I've stopped dissociating completely, I bumped into my abusive ex-partner and felt no panic at all, and I feel much calmer within myself.

"Thank you so much, you've really helped me see things differently and it's had such a positive impact on my life."  L.H. 29/07/21


Now this is interesting, isn't it, because although psychologists have been arguing about the phenomenon os dissociation for nearly 150 years, none of them can get rid of it in a single therapy session!  Or, at all.  So they're not really the experts, are they?

The French psychologist Pierre Janet (1859-1947) is considered to be the originator of the concept of dissociation - a mental state in which the person feels strangely detached from reality, whilst still being able to perceive reality clearly enough, unlike in a psychosis - but he did not believe that dissociation was a psychological defence: a reaction to trauma in which the brain is trying to protect the sufferer.  Rather, he insisted that it was a "mental deficiency".

He was dead wrong.  But then he was a philosopher and a psychologist, and therefore knew no more about the Subconscious mind than Frank Bruno.  No disrespect to Mr. Bruno, but I'm sure he would readily admit that his only specialist knowledge of the human mind was how to punch it into the middle of next week.  

An abusive partner, though, isn't just 'a trauma'.  It is a sustained and devious succession of daily traumas that can go on for years.  Your Subconscious mind is your protector, and faced with this agonising situation it can be driven to extremes, including things like suicide and possibly even murder.  So creating a dissociated state instead, to provide the sufferer with a temporary separation from the everyday nightmare reality, is an attempt to prevent the more desperate possible outcomes.  Precisely an attempt to protect them, in fact.   

The Subconscious mind controls all of your perceptions and the entire nervous system: it can produce and sustain any kind of physical or mental state it chooses.  And once that is established, it has a tendency to go on doing it just because it is already doing it - although it might decide to return things to normal instead.  That varies from person to person, from Subconscious mind to Subconscious mind.

When the abuser is an ex-partner, I can reassure that person's Subconscious that the traumas are over, and that the abuser will not return, so it is safe to stop dissociating and let go of the fear and panic reactions, and it will - usually in just one hypnotherapy session.  more about this

Are you suffering from anxiety, panic attacks or wierd feelings of dissociation?  Do you need help to get rid of these emotional reactions and return to normal?  Then call me (Chris), on 0161 474 8120 (Office Hours), or call/text any day, any time on 07748 838 644.  Let's get you back to happiness and health!

Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes is Director of Central Hypnotherapy Stockport, South Manchester and has been helping the people of Stockport, Cheshire, Manchester and Tameside U.K. to get rid of anxiety, panic attacks and every other kind of nuisance emotional reactions since August 2000.  

Categories for this article

  • Panic Attacks & Anxiety
  • Hypnotherapy