Misophonia, the panic and anger reaction to sounds

Misophonia is a newly discovered disorder which makes sufferers react to sounds with anger.

Strong negative emotions are induced by certain sounds sending the Misophonia patient into a spin of unwanted feelings and panic attack symptoms and a full “flight or flight” response.

Scientists have discovered that they can trace the way the brain responds to sounds and monitor the route through the brain using MRI scanning. Plotting the direct link between the input of sounds through to the resulting emotional responses. Due to these brain imaging techniques it appears that the brains of Misophonia sufferers are ‘hard wired’ in such a way as to produce the symptoms.

I would be curious to know what makes scientists think that this wiring is ‘hard wired’. If a psychological reaction can be traced through the brain, is that evidence of hard wiring? Cannot all emotions, fears, panics, have a neurological explanation? Would not any emotional response to any trigger, light up the MRI screen in a similar way?

Maybe these MRI scans are supporting scientists in an inaccurate mood of fatalism in how emotional responses occur in a person. Creating the title Misophonia makes the condition ‘genuine’, the scans are ‘evidence of a physical basis’ for the problem and patients are no longer laughed at by their GPs.

What happened to the concept of Neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to be adaptable? Neurogenesis, the ability to create new neural pathways has been a big feature of neuroscience for the last 20 years.

Neuroplasticity has given much hope to therapists because it supports the patient in their quest for change and development. The old hard wired model of the brain has roots, not only in ideas about the brain, but in Freudian ideology. Freud contended that childhood or even infancy is the time where your future is decided, that your brain (your psychology) is fixed from that early time.

The discovery of how the brain adapts through life, Neurogenesis, gives hope where there was once a fatalism.

My suspicion is that because brain imaging can trace a brain response from a trigger such as sound to an emotion such as anger, scientists are saying that it is a done deal. Look, there is the link on the screen, those links are how things are, no cure.

What about those that suffer from panic attacks? Surely similar brain pathways can be traced. It is well documented that panic attacks are curable, that whatever pathway had been set up in the brain can indeed by re-routed to produce calmer responses. Those that suffer from phobias would have a well defined neurological pathway. Many phobias and panic responses can be treated successfully.

Interestingly researchers have found that the condition worsened in response to cognitive behavioural therapy in one patient.

But surely, if you can talk it up, you can talk it down.


CBT helping those with Depression

This report talked about today on the BBC website shows how CBT helps a good half of patients compared with those using drug treatment alone.

It also cautions that half didnt get better so maybe a combination of therapies and interventions might work for those that dont click with CBT alone.

I am a believer in the main principles behind CBT which suggest clients look at the way they are reacting to events and people and link those reactions to their beliefs about themselves and the world. 


The Dreaded “What If” or Living in the future…negatively

How much time do we spend thinking about the future? Christmas is coming, plans are being made, holidays booked…or dreaded!

For the person suffering with anxiety the future is a place filled with awful events that they are convinced are going to happen. The mind has already mapped out the future and it’s not looking good.

Part of effective therapy is to wean the fearful client off the habit of the dreaded ‘what if’, the mindset that bullies you into trying to avoid all those things that might happen.

People are not stupid. They are aware of what could or might or even probably happen in the future and whatever you say as a therapist cannot change that fact. The ‘what if’ thoughts are possibilities and not facts. Dragging the client away from their habit of mistaking facts with possibilities can be a big task.

Ready to think differently about the future? Why not? It hasn’t happened yet…so you can think what you like!

Excessive Jealousy Get Help With Hypnotherapy In London

Relationships can really suffer when there is excessive jealousy making everyone uptight.

Rebuilding trust and a sense of security and fun in a relationship takes a bit of work but is possible.

Using CBT techniques in this area is often helpful. Finding out what demands are being made and then finding more strength internally is often the path to success.

Find out more if you like.

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Or to watch on Youtube Help with Jealousy

Hypnotherapy And Hypnosis Research

In these rational and skeptic times, more and more people are rightly looking for research evidence to test the claims made by therapists. Thankfully there is a lot of hypnotherapy and hypnosis research material available.

Donald Robertson has collected some links on this page as part of his work for the National Council for Hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy has been around for quite a while and so over the years there have been many trials, studies and experiments investigating the elusive quality of hypnosis. Elusive because it is a hard thing to measure and quantify. This is partly why CBT has come to the forefront of psychotherapy due to the simple directness and repeatability of its use.

Fear Of Being Sick

Over the years I have noticed that the fear of being sick has nearly always being the most clicked on page on my website.

Its not a fear that you hear much about but it must be very common judging from the interest.

Fear of being sick is one of the main panic attack symptoms where you think something rather nasty will happen or is happening, but it rarely does happen.

The old fear of the fear is here.

In fact any bodily function can be felt to be nearly happening. Blushing, sweating, heart and breathing problems, needing to pee, or poo,fainting, the list goes on. And any of these potential symptoms feed into the fear of the fear loop.

A mixture of CBT and Hypnotherapy is a good therapy intervention for these fears where the client is invited to imagine being calm and in control.

Give me a ring or email me if you have questions about any of this.

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What is CBT?

CBT is the first therapy that has been extensively trialled and tested all over the world and has yielded results that look encouraging.

The power of CBT is in its simplicity and accessibility.

CBT has core concepts that most people see as common sense. For instance it sees anxiety as a here and now created feeling caused by a person’s thoughts about themselves and the world. It does not involve a complicated relationship with the past or a mysterious ‘sub conscious’ aspect.

Like most therapies it has an over complicated name.

Cognitive..something to do with thinking or not thinking

Behavioural…something we are doing..or not doing

Basically CBT says, think new thoughts and do different things and you will change how you feel.

Simple? Yes indeed but not always easy.