It’s important to note that hypnosis isn’t always a stand-alone strategy and can be used in conjunction with other therapies such as Emotional Freedom Technique, (EFT), or Thought Field Therapy, (TFT), both are similar versions of a specialised “tapping” with the fingers on meridian points on the upper body and hands. The theory behind TFT & EFT is a mixture of concepts derived from a variety of sources. that it can help with a variety of mental and physical ailments utilising the traditional Chinese energy meridians.
Also, medicines, herbal or allopathic. A holistic approach is often needed to effectively treat and these chronic conditions.
Skin picking (Dermatillomania) and Trichotillomania, the strong habitual urge to pull out hair or lashes are stress/habitual based disorders. The urges can feel uncontrollable and worse at times of stress, tiredness, boredom. Or just watching TV or sitting at the computer when your hand starts to wander? You could also be a ‘picker’ or a ‘puller’.
Every pattern is unique.
Hair pulling & skin picking are often unconscious ways to escape from feelings that are hard to process, like anxiety, avoidance, boredom or stress. You may experience a ‘zoned out’ feeling of comfort and relaxation while pulling or picking, but afterward, you experience feelings of guilt or disappointment in yourself. Socially, you may feel self-conscious of the missing hair, which in turn, can stop you enjoying a fuller social life.
Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania affects about 1 in 30 people, so you are not alone, even though it may sometimes feel a very insular, isolating behavior.
These habits generally start between the ages of 9 and 15 and once established, they can quickly become addictive & ingrained. It is a conditioned response that releases dopamine & endorphins (feel-good hormones) in your brain. The more you do it, the more you strengthen the pathways that cause habit. The good news is, by using hypnotherapy and NLP for both Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania. In the hypnotherapy, one can create a new response in the situations where you would normally pull or pick.
Nobody likes nail-biting, (Onychophagia) especially when adults do it, it can be explained as a kind of a compulsion that may cause the destruction of the nails. Habitual nail biting is a common behavior among children and young adults. By the age of 18 years, the frequency of this behavior decreases, but it may persist in some adults. Nail biting is an under-recognized problem, which may occur on a continuum ranging from mild to severe.
Hypnotherapy, how does it work?
Hypnosis connects directly to your subconscious and makes you more aware of what you are doing when you start your particular BFRB. Rather than automatically indulging the behavior, hypnosis makes you become very mindful of what you are doing. This means that you notice your hand reaching towards your mouth, or that you are clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, or rubbing the skin to feel for imperfections, rather than just automatically doing it. Using hypnosis in conjunction with an existing treatment program has been shown to increase treatment success.
- Hypnosis can: turn the old unwanted habits into an automatic tapping (EFT) response.
- Establish a protection from the impact of triggers & stressors.
- Make the old habits that have felt uncontrollable automatically controllable
- Enhance relaxation techniques with self-hypnosis training.
- Increase mindfulness enabling a constant presence and self-observation.
- Identify and diffuse historical picking or pulling triggers
There is significant and comprehensive research detailing the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis being used as a tool to treat emotional, medical and behavioral problems. Hypnosis requires the client to focus and concentrate on their thoughts, feelings, impulses, and sensations so that you move into a trance state. This mimicking of the subconscious state can help a patient develop an awareness of the sensations, thoughts, and emotions they may experience prior to and during any of the BFRB’s.