Hypnotherapy for fainting – a case study
Tess* was a little
hesitant when she rang me. “I don’t know
if you’ll be able to help me, but this has been part of my life so long. Can you help with hypnotherapy for fainting?
Only it rules everything I do.”
fainting all the time isn’t healthy or normal, and I’d be sending anyone to see
their GP urgently rather than seeing them.
What came out about Tess though was a bit more nuanced than that.
“I fainted a lot as a
little girl, and sometimes my mum would find me in my room or I’d come round and
find myself on the floor. At first they
thought it might be epilepsy but it turned out to be something else
entirely. They realised that the
sensation of brushing my hair excited my nerves and caused me to faint.”
As strange as that may
sound it’s more common than people realise.
Called syncope, or sometimes ‘fainting and falling’, it’s a recognised
medical condition. But I wanted to find
out more about why it was still affecting Tess’ life so much.
“My mum became very
protective. She made me have a pixie
crop so I didn’t have to brush my hair, and kept telling me I had to be really
careful. I never had my hair washed at
the hairdressers, but that didn’t seem enough for her. She wouldn’t let me go on sleep-overs, and I
lived at home still when I went to uni.
I’m terrified of fainting again, and I’m wondering if you can teach me
how not to faint?”
I asked Tess when the
last time was that she had fainted.
“Eight or nine years ago” was the answer. “I don’t need to teach you how not to faint,”
I told her, “I need to teach you to forget to be afraid.”
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