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Curing Carcinophobia With Hypnotism

by Alan Densky

The fear of cancer is one of the top ten most familiar phobias, and it is not hard to imagine why. Nobody wishes to suffer from cancer or see someone they love develop the disease. Even though we all dread getting ill, people with cancer phobia have an extremely high amount of fear that often takes over their lives. Overcoming carcinophobia used to take months or even years, but with more knowledge of the phobia and treatment techniques, this is no longer the case. Proven hypnosis therapy techniques can help sufferers reclaim their health and well-being.

It isn't difficult to imagine what can lead to carcinophobia. This fear is linked to a fear of illness, death, and loss of control. Very often, sufferers feel troubled by a family member's struggle with the disease. Those who have lost a family member to cancer, or are at risk of developing cancer, live in fear of the day when they are diagnosed with cancer.

The anxiety created by cancer phobia may lead people to make rash life decisions. Many people constantly go to doctors to make sure they are not ill, while others avoid hospitals entirely, afraid of discovering that they have an illness. People with the phobia will become worried if they develop the smallest symptoms of poor health, such as a headache, and worry that it is cancer. People may go to great lengths to avoid becoming sick.

Those suffering from carcinophobia often believe they have much to fear. Carcinophobia a persistent feeling that can affect both men and women. An individual might think, "Who will care for the family if I die?" or agonize over other important matters. The phobia can be unbearable for sufferers and their families.

Some people can manage their phobias by simply avoiding the object of their worry. Arachnophobes can often get along by avoiding spiders, and people with claustrophobia are careful to avoid tight, enclosed areas such as crowded rooms. Cancer phobia, however, is different. Carcinophobia is triggered by a person's deepest ideas and worries. It can be debilitating for an individual to suffer from a fear they just can't escape. This leaves many people with the phobia in a chronic state of panic.

Many different phobia treatments are in existence today. Frequently used ones include counseling and anti-anxiety medication. Talk therapy can generate good results, but it may take a long time, up to many years for some patients. Medication works to lessen a person's nervousness, but it neglects to fix the underlying causes of a phobia. Hypnosis is another option that delivers lasting results in a shorter amount of time than other types of treatment. Hypnotherapy is now a leading choice because it's a safe, non-invasive, and effective type of treatment.

Hypnotherapy combines stress-relief practices with fear treatment to quickly cure a phobia. A well-designed program will start with relaxation therapy to help alleviate the emotional distress caused by fear. Once a person feels calm and at ease, hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques can direct the unconscious mind into following a new, phobia-free thought process.

Traditional hypnotherapy uses direct, post-hypnotic commands to cure a phobia. It can be very helpful when an individual is receptive to it. Unfortunately, these older techniques may fail because people tend to question direct suggestions and will reject direct commands.

A serious phobia such as carcinophobia calls for a more advanced type of treatment such as Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This type of hypnotherapy works best for those who are independent thinkers, and who are suffering from chronic fear and anxiety. It uses indirect suggestions hidden in metaphors, stories, and conversations to help them overcome their fears.

NLP is a technology that does not rely on suggestion at all, so it can work for everyone. In simple terms, NLP provides strategies to train the unconscious mind to use the same thought patterns that are causing a symptom or fear, to extinguish it.

Since hypnosis and NLP operate at the unconscious level of the mind, users report feeling much more empowered and secure through these forms of therapy.

With Traditional Hypnotherapy, programs usually need to be phobia specific. A benefit of a well designed Ericksonian hypnosis and NLP program is that they are designed to be used on any phobia, or even several phobias. This is a great benefit to some carcinophobia sufferers who also suffer from other panic disorders, such as general agoraphobia or germophobia.

Carcinophobia is a serious fear, but one that can be tackled by appropriate hypnotherapy techniques. NLP techniques are a popular phobia treatment because of their effectiveness at addressing the underlying cause of all phobias and not just the symptoms. Revolutionary Ericksonian hypnosis therapy and NLP techniques can help even the most severe phobia sufferers vanquish their fears permanently.

Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotist and NLP Practitioner in practice since 1978. Review his programs at his social phobia treatment website where he offers how to overcome fear CDs. Visit his hypnosis repository, or download a free MP3.

Published September 2nd, 2010

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