Hypnosis: An Alternative Approach to Stress Reduction

We all know what stress can do to us, right? Poor sleep, no appetite, anxiety, agitation and a host of other symptoms.

There are several anti-stress medications out there and the drug Citalopram (CeleXA) is the most prescribed to help people deal this the stress in their lives. That’s good, right? But what isn’t so good are the possible side effects of this and other stress reduction medications. Check this out:

Commonly reported side effects of citalopram (CeleXA) include: drowsiness, ejaculatory disorder, nausea, insomnia, and diaphoresis (excessive, abnormal sweating).

But it gets better (not really). Someone taking this medication might also experience suicidal tendencies, agitation, diarrhea, impotence, sinusitis, anxiety, confusion, intensification of depression, lack of concentration, tremor, vomiting, anorexia, and xerostomia (dry mouth resulting from reduced or absent saliva flow).

And, don’t hesitate to call your doctor at once if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • problems with memory or concentration
  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
  • headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • severe nervous system reaction–very stiff (rigid) muscles,  sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors;
  • agitation, hallucinations, high fever, overactive reflexes,  loss of coordination, fainting; or
  • low levels of sodium in the body–headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, feeling unsteady.


And these are just the commons possible side effects. You might have noticed a lot of the side effects are very similar to stress symptoms. Is there a better way to deal with stress, you ask?  Why, yes, there is.  Hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

“The tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an efficacious treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disorders, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.” University of Utah School of Medicine

Hypnotherapy is such a powerful weapon against stress because, unlike medication, it’s entirely natural. There are no side-effects. There is no possibility of addiction, although the experience of hypnosis is very pleasant, relaxing and enjoyable.

And, instead of just covering up the symptoms of stress, hypnotherapy gets at the root of the problem. It changes the way you respond to stress. It also provides techniques to deal with the physical and emotional stress in your everyday life, and it can happen quickly!  Sometimes within one to two hours, you’ll begin to notice how you respond differently.  Plus, hypnosis isn’t just a quick fix and band-aid (like the pills), Hypnosis puts you back in control by reprogramming your brain.

At Gresham Hypnosis Center, we specialize in Stress Reduction.  Call today for your free consultation and find out how wonderful life can be when you’re in control and relaxed!