Discuss the Relationship Between Stress, Anxiety, Habits and Describe How You Would Treat These Issues with Hypnotherapy

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“Discuss the relationship between stress, anxiety, habits and describe how you would treat these issues with hypnotherapy”.

Introduction
Common requests for hypnotherapy treatment are those related to stress, anxiety, habits and phobias. An understanding of the relationship between these disorders, examining the similarities and the differences between each, provides the therapist with information useful in deciding how and if to treat these disorders. It could also be argued that the uniqueness of each client and each set of symptoms demands the therapist to review each case on a one to one basis and not to blur the boundaries between each of these types of disorders, which may in turn result in a less effective form of treatment
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They go on to say that these needs are determined by pinpointing the individuals stress stimuli and their accompanying responses.
Successful hypnotherapy treatment will include asking the client to examine the exact stimuli that contribute to their stress and their physical and emotional responses to each stimulus. This will then be followed by using suggestions within hypnotherapy to embed new responses to each of these stress stimulus.

Understanding Anxiety
One of the negative effects induced by stress is anxiety. Whereas stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor or stressor, anxiety is stress that continues after that stressor is gone. Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension, where often the source of this uneasiness is not always known or recognized, which can add to the distress felt by the client.
According to Hadley and Staudacher, anxiety does not arise directly out of painful or dangerous situations. Instead, it’s the thought of potential danger, not the actual danger, which produces the symptoms of anxiety. This is similar to the work done by Lazarus and Folkman's on their interpretation of stress. This process is referred to as the ABC model of anxiety, the situation – A, gives rise to the thought – B, which in turn causes the anxiety – C.
Anxiety is sometimes considered to be a normal reaction to stress. It may help a person to deal with a difficult situation, however
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