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The human brain receives messages from several sources, each  dealing with separate types of information. Input dealing with everyday matters such as news, music, jobs, relationships, weather, etc., comes  from the external environment. Our own bodies provide data concerning  movement, digestion, tension, pain, etc., all in the form of messages,  sent to the brain.

The conscious mind deals with reasoning and logic, decisions, goals planning and conscious activity. The unconscious mind, which includes  both the subconscious and the superconscious, wields the greatest  influence. It receives all the messages from our social, spiritual and  genetic backgrounds and all the conflicts and disturbances which enter  our consciousness each day. The unconscious mind receives and holds its information, neither accepting nor rejecting the messages. It does not evaluate. That procedure is reserved for the conscious mind.

From primitive times the human animal has possessed an escape  mechanism that even today, under severely threatening conditions, can  cause regression to primitive behavior. The fight/flight syndrome,  always a means of dealing with fears, threats, attacks and other  disturbances, has gained tolerance through evolution with the addition  of reaction vs. action and repression vs. depression. Without these,  when the message input volume reached overload conditions, the escape  would be toward the denial of reality. However, the desire for social  acceptance provides motivation

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to cope with and adapt to reality.  Nevertheless, when the conscious mind can no longer handle the message  units overloading the brain, the subconscious prepares us for fight or  flight-the heart pumps harder, blood pressure rises, super-strength can  be generated. But sometimes there is nothing to fight. We can't fight  the environment. We can't fight a job, an accident, a bad decision.  What now?

Enter Stress/Anxiety

Unable to fight, the reaction turns to the alternative of flight,  which in present day life can prove impossible. Often a state of  apathy, depression and/or hypersuggestibility ensues. Negative input  finds acceptance. Futility and melancholy develop and an overreaction  to the senses develops together with a loss of tolerance. The road  turns downhill.

Imagine a group of musicians playing together. Imagine the trumpet player getting a measure or two ahead of the rest. Imagine the  saxophone player; trying to figure out what the trumpeter is doing,  dropping a measure behind. Imagine the drummer, becoming confused,  missing his beats so that the whole group gets off beat. Imagine the  conductor waving his arms desperately trying to orient the players.  Imagine the cacophony as the musicians collapse, give up and quit  playing.

A person experiencing continuing stress may well become subject to  such frenzy, in the process developing any or several forms of  stress-related illness. While certain types of stress are even  desirable (romantic stress, job promotions, winning a lottery), stresses that produce debilitation, depression, excessive smoking, overeating,  anger, grief, and similar reactions need attention and usually  professional help.

The first recognition of a therapist dealing with stress is likely  to be that while the world, or the past if it is a factor in the  condition, cannot be changed; it is possible to alter the client's  perception of and reaction to them.

Again, causal factors need to be investigated. And not  infrequently regression can be helpful in this process. Stress may be a reaction to people, places, events, or things. The threats may be real or imagined. Remember, the subconscious mind does not analyze, and  usually by the time depression appears the conscious mind has lost its  ability to do so. However, there are several common basic causes of  stress which can be recognized, defined and often eliminated.

What's Behind It All

Why me? Stress victims ask the question quite often. Many factors  enter into the picture of possibilities. Overachievers, typical Type A  personalities, are hyper-competitive. They can be addicted to stress.  They can enjoy it, until it gets out of control. Victims can learn  stress early in life from parents, teachers, relatives and others.  Through early experience they simply consider stress a normal part of  life; they see it all the time.

Fears, valid or otherwise, can lead to the development of symptoms  of stress. They can expand into full grown phobias and psychiatric  disorders. Unrelenting pain or worries over health situations are  factors, as are repressed emotions such as hurt, anger, grief, etc.  Specific incidents are frequently involved, such as the necessity to  speak to a group in the course of job performance when such activity is  uncomfortable.

Medical conditions, including dietary deficiencies, can lead to  stress, as can such female experiences as PMS. External factors, such  as continuous or intermittent bothersome noise levels, can create or add to stress levels.

Every individual is different in tolerance levels, coping  abilities, reactions and therapeutic needs. Dealing with stress is best accomplished through a trained, experienced and sensitive professional  who can determine causes and evaluate reactions. Sheer willpower is not the remedy in stress cases. Effective and permanent relief responds to desensitization, which can be brought about through hypnotherapy.

It is important to analyze the stress stimuli and the physical  and/or emotional responses which they bring about. Through hypnosis  positive new responses can be created to replace the devastating  reactions of the past. Buried feelings can be brought to the surface  and released. Outside pressures can be relieved. And finally, new  responses to old disturbances can be induced with major changes in  attitudes and reactions.

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