Hypoglycemia and various other health issues has to be dealt to make therapy more effective for many reasons. For instance, often times a subject who has hyperglycemia will have anxieties and phobias as well as other conditions such as (OCD) Obsessive Compulsive Behavior. The hypnotherapist must first get a background on the client’s background including their health history and diet. For a client who may be OCD, chances are the problem is low blood sugar or a fluctuation in blood sugar levels.
Physical problems leads to emotional manifestations which will exaggerate themselves. An exaggeration is a normal behavior we become overly concerned with to the point it dominates our emotions, feelings and thoughts, causing for instance people with OCD who constantly checks the stove, door locks, the light switch and such. These behaviors don’t have to make sense, this just means the person has a lot of insecurities. For people who have these conditions the hypnotherapist must deal with the condition symptomatically until the “cause” of the behavior is uncovered. It is important that the hypnotherapist not expose the cause at this time because the cause is covering up or masking the real cause and you don’t want to make it worse. The behavior is a defense mechanism and we don’t want to take that away because you may expose something you can’t handle like a psychotic split, so never, never remove a defense mechanism until you first know why you want to remove it.
Starting with building a new self-image is a safe way to start with a client and the therapist must take a very safe approach remembering that a defense mechanism is created to protect something more disastrous and the hypnotherapist doesn't know what that is. The subject may be OCD to prevent themselves from burning the house down, so they constantly check all the locks, doors and switches. They do this so they don’t lose control. That’s what an anxiety or defense mechanism is, they don’t have to be real, but they are in the mind of the person who has them. So we don’t remove the mechanism first, then when you have a flat foundation where the therapist would have worked on a dozen other things first then the therapist can teach the subject to cope with the problem.
As therapy continues, the subject must learn to deal with their new learned behaviors as they continue to grow in therapy. So the therapist is constantly reinforcing and reassuring the subject. Sometimes people with hyperglycemia lose what is called a “Generalization Set” this is when the subject creates a situation where they cannot relate to past events. It’s like losing memory in history. The subject loses their ability to recognize the problem as they are actually doing it. Whatever it is that is causing hypoglycemia the subject cannot separate the action from the feeling.The hypnotherapist has to tell the client over and over until they “get it” Until then the condition will continue to prevail to histrionics. So simply, the therapist must work on desensitizing first and stabilize the client’s diet then systemically work on the surface issues. In the first session the therapist will generalize on suggestions where the subject lacks confidence, but most importantly just deal with the surface issues in the beginning.
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