The National Council of Hypnotherapy Responds to Research on Anxiety

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The National Council of Hypnotherapy has responded to new research which has indicated that children who do not receive sufficient amounts of a key hormone whilst in the womb are more likely to suffer with anxiety in later life.


The scientists working on the study found that low levels of this hormone while in the womb could leave adults more vulnerable to anxiety and stress.

According to The Telegraph, in the article ‘Anxiety Linked to Low Levels of Key Hormone in Womb’ published on August 6, the research was conducted by scientists from Cardiff University and University of Cambridge. The hormone Insulin-like growth factor 2 controls the supply of nutrients from the mother to the fetus in the womb, and the scientists working on the study found that low levels of this hormone while in the womb could leave adults more vulnerable to anxiety and stress.

The research looked at how levels of the hormone affected mice, finding that the mice who had received insufficient amounts of the hormone in the womb became anxious when placed in new environments or participating in maze tests.

A behavioural geneticist and one of the co-authors of the study, Dr Trevor Humby, told The Telegraph that:

“We do not know exactly how these very early life events can cause long-range effects on our emotional predispositions, but we suspect that our research findings may indicate that the seeds of our behaviour and possibly vulnerability to brain and mental health disorders are sown much earlier than previously thought.”

For those suffering from anxiety, many people find that sessions of hypnotherapy can be an effective way of dealing with the condition. The National Council for Hypnotherapy connects members of the general public with professional, skilled hypnotists throughout the UK who are qualified to help with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, weight loss and stopping smoking. A spokesperson for the company said:

“This recent research offers those suffering from anxiety an explanation for being prone to anxiety and stress. Controlling anxiety is important and, for those suffering from anxiety, hypnotherapy sessions can help look at ways to manage, control and overcome the condition.”

NCH represents over 1800 hypnotherapy professionals within the UK and is committed to ensuring the highest possible professional standards amongst our members. Those looking for help with smoking, weight, anxiety, panic attacks, habits and phobias may be helped by local NCH accredited therapists, look for the NCH seal of approval on their websites. As one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) is actively involved with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and strives to develop standards for the benefit of the profession, now and into the future.

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