When someone is feeling ill, physically sick or has pulled a muscle, the normal course of action is to go and see a health professional. For physical damage and hurt it may be a doctor. For a pulled or damaged muscle a physiotherapist or body work specialist are many peoples first ports of call.
Why then, is it so many people suffering psychological dis-ease put off for a long time before seeking a psychological well being professional such as a counsellor, psychotherapist or professional clinical hypnotherapy in Newcastle?
Dis-eases or problems of the psyche are less well accepted in society than physiological ones. They are certainly less well understood. Your psychological well being is as important as your physical health because they effect each other.
Seemingly for most westerners, long gone are the days of actively worrying and performing rituals to get into a heaven where a priest or cleric could dispense the right psychological assurance and penance to affect a good seat after the main show. With time doctors and psychoanalysts became the new order of priests tending to the psychological needs of those who could afford them. At one time it was trendy to be hysterical.
Grieving for loss and not being able to stand because a painful back are two different kinds of ‘weakness’, with one being traditionally less well accepted until quite recently. It must be completely obvious to the hard or thinking and feeling that psychology effects physiology and physiology effects psychology.
A Simple Thought Experiment
Imagine a fresh, shiny lemon. Put it in your hand and get a sense of the weight. Now, imagine taking a knife and cutting a slice of lemon, noticing the lemon smell as you cut this slice. a big juicy slice. Now, put it in your mouth and bite down, lemon juice squirting all over your tongue.
Right now you are salivating and there is no lemon. This is using your imagination to guide your experience. This is one example, not a definition but an example, of how hypnotherapy can function to change your physiology and psychology at the same time.
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING CRUTCH – DRUGS
Drugs can and often are a useful way for people to get through troubling times. They can and do save lives. Drugs are an essential part of our society. They also have their down sides too.
The occasionally well informed and holistic doctor will refer their patient to a professional hypnotherapist or psychotherapist; Usually the patient will have to pay for this themselves.
Very occasionally, some of the more multi faceted, highly integral doctors may refer their patients to counselling or CBT where they can talk about their problems for many sessions and may have to wait six months for the privilege.
One of the most common courses of treatment prescribed by doctors for psychological dis-ease are drugs. Drugs for anxiety, depression, sexual performance problems, grief, guilt, pain, lack of motivation or drive.
The idea is likely a combination of very limited time to actually talk with and treat their patients and popping a pill requires zero effort and zero commitment.
So what the majority of doctors do seems to be prescribe drugs. Most rarely seem to treat psychological disease with anything other than drugs. And of course, drugs treat the symptom and not the cause.
Experiencing anxiety, worry and depression are actually very common for practically all people. Performance pressures such as public speaking fears are all too common. The majority of people ( like when a muscle is sore ) work through these issues quite perfectly without professional assistance.
When these every day worries and problems become really problematic or are affecting health or are a constant source of anxiety then it is very likely a good idea to contact a professional to help you with your psychological health and wellbeing.
Working as early as possible with a professional hypotherapist Newcastle based psychotherapist or highly skilled counsellor could help heal and treat psychological problems.
Hypnotherapy will not offer drugs and will usually attempt to help you learn and uncover ways to change your thinking and behaviour so your life improves in the right ways for you.
A telephone consultation is completely free of charge and will take up to 30 minutes. Call 0770 481 8467 or complete and return the questionnaire on the ‘booking a therapy session’ page above.