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Carcinophobia and Hypnotherapy

by Alan Densky

The fear of cancer is among the top ten most familiar phobias, and it isn't hard to imagine why. No one wishes to develop cancer or see someone they love develop the disease. Even though we all want to avoid getting ill, people with carcinophobia have an extreme amount of fear that frequently controls their lives. Overcoming carcinophobia used to take a long time, but with better understanding of the phobia and treatment techniques, this is no longer the case. Proven hypnosis techniques can help sufferers regain their health and well-being.

It isn't hard to imagine what might cause carcinophobia. This phobia is associated with a fear of illness, death, and loss of control. In many cases, sufferers feel traumatized by a loved one's experience with the disease. People who have lost a family member to cancer, or face the threat of cancer, live in fear of the day when they develop the disease.

The anxiety brought on by carcinophobia can lead people to make illogical decisions. Many sufferers frequently visit doctors to confirm they aren't ill, while others avoid hospitals completely, in fear of being diagnosed with a disease. People with the phobia will become depressed if they come down with the tiniest symptoms of illness, such as a migraine, and wonder if it's cancer. They will often do whatever it takes to avoid becoming sick.

People experiencing a fear of cancer often feel like they have much to be afraid of. It's a chronic fear that can strike both men and women. A person might think, "Who will provide for the family if I get cancer?" or dwell on other important issues. The phobia of cancer may take a big toll on sufferers and their loved ones.

Some people can cope with their phobias by avoiding the object of their worry. People with arachnophobia can often get along by keeping clear of spiders, and claustrophobia sufferers take care to avoid small, enclosed spaces such as closets. Cancer phobia, however, is not the same. Carcinophobia is largely triggered by a person's deepest thoughts and fears. It can be crippling for someone to experience a fear they simply can't avoid. This keeps many people with carcinophobia in a chronic state of panic.

Many different phobia treatments are available today. Common ones involve therapy and anti-anxiety medication. Traditional counseling can produce lasting results, but it often takes a long time, up to many months for some. Prescription drugs work to lessen a person's anxiety, but it does not treat the root causes of a deep-rooted fear. Hypnotherapy is another option that delivers permanent results in a shorter amount of time than other treatments. Hypnotherapy is a leading treatment because it's an effective, safe, and non-invasive choice of treatment.

Hypnotherapy combines anxiety-relief techniques with fear relief to rapidly eliminate a phobia. A thorough program will begin with relaxation therapy to help alleviate the emotional anxiety caused by fear. Once a person feels calm and at ease, hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques work to guide the unconscious mind into following a new, phobia-free thought process.

Traditional hypnotherapy utilizes direct, post-hypnotic commands to eliminate a fear. It's very effective when an individual is responsive to it. The problem is, these conventional techniques may fail because people have a tendency direct suggestions and unconsciously reject direct commands.

A severe phobia such as cancer phobia calls for a more advanced form of treatment such as Ericksonian hypnosis. This form of hypnotherapy works well for people who are logical, and who are experiencing chronic anxiety and fear. It utilizes indirect suggestions in conversations, stories, and metaphors to help them overcome their fears.

The innovative NLP technology does not rely on suggestion at all, so it can work for anybody. A simplified explanation is that NLP offers techniques to train the unconscious mind to use the same exact thought patterns that are creating a symptom or fear, to eliminate it.

Since hypnosis and NLP function at the unconscious level, users report feeling more in control and comfortable using these types of therapy.

With Traditional Hypnotherapy, programs typically must be phobia specific. One advantage of a well designed Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP program is that they are suitable for use on any phobia, or even multiple phobias. This can be a great asset to some cancer phobia sufferers who also suffer from other panic disorders, such as general hypochondria or germophobia.

The fear of cancer is a serious fear, but one that can be treated by well designed hypnosis techniques. NLP techniques are a popular fear therapy because of their effectiveness at addressing the underlying cause of all anxiety disorders as well as the symptoms. Sophisticated Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP techniques can help even the most anxious phobia sufferers defeat their fears permanently.

Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotist and NLP Practitioner in practice since 1978. You can find him at his anxiety phobia website where he offers hypnosis and NLP CDs. Visit his hypnosis index, or download a free MP3.

Published April 4th, 2010

Filed in Health, Psychology

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