Suicides and Substance Abuse: Bullying’s Effects on Victims and Bullies

The Center for Disease Control and Department of Education broadly defined bullying as unwanted aggression between individuals with an imbalance of power, with repetitive acts intended to cause harm to the perceived “weaker” person/s. While the common perception is that only the victims end up getting negatively affected by bullying, an often overlooked part of bullying is what it does to the bullies and how they turn out later on. Various organizations and governments have taken steps and conducted studies on how to stop bullying, with some going as far as creating laws to counteract bullying. The Bullied It should go without saying that bullying is a terrible thing. A recent study by Yale University found a correlation between bullying and suicide. According to the study, victims of bullying were 2 to 9 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts. Statistics posted by ABC news stated that 160,000 children opt to stay home on a daily basis to avoid being bullied. The negative effects not only affect humans but plants and animals as well. IKEA showcased this in one of their ads by bullying a plant. After a month of hurling insults at the plant, it was shown that it had withered and was in worse shape than when the experiment began. It has been discovered that victims of bullying end up developing a multitude of mental disorders. Some prominent disorders are depression, anxiety, social isolation, low self-esteem, et cetera. The Bully Bullies may seem like they end up on top whenever they bully someone but the truth of the matter is that they themselves end up getting negatively...

Hypnotherapy for Insomnia and Other Sleeping Problems

Hypnotherapy is an alternative therapy that’s used to treat sleeplessness and related conditions, such as insomnia and parasomnias, which include sleepwalking and talking. Other conditions that hypnotherapy has proven to be beneficial in treating range from stress and anxiety through to chronic pain. For chronic pain, hypnotherapy is often used as a complementary treatment with mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). What’s Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy involves assisting the body in reaching a state of deep relaxation combined with focused attention. While people are awake during hypnotherapy, by transitioning into a deeply relaxed state they become less aware of the surroundings, as well as being less responsive to other stimuli. When Do You Use Hypnotherapy as a Treatment for Insomnia? Although hypnotherapy can be a useful treatment when trying to reduce or cure insomnia, sleeplessness and other sleeping problems that are a result of stress or anxiety, if the sleep condition has been caused by drugs or other diseases or biological conditions, it can prove ineffective. When insomnia or sleeplessness is related to stress or anxiety, the active “daytime” state involves the mind creating thoughts and images revolving around worry about future events that may arise, which becomes an obstacle to reaching a state of relaxation and sleep. Unfortunately, this often leads to tiredness performing daily routines, such as attending work. Another side effect of feeling tired during the day is the insomniac may start to develop anxiety about whether they’ll be able to get the rest they need that evening. When this occurs, clock watching and stressing about the number of hours left to rest can result. For the more...

“I’m so proud of my girl”: A letter to Roland about getting off marijuana

A note from Roly Hi, this is Roly. I meet a lot of amazing people in my line of work and it’s a joy to help them all through their ups and downs. What follows is a letter from the mother of a client whom I had the pleasure of treating. It’s a wonderful story that I hope inspires you as much as it does me. Here it is. A letter from a mother So I made the call……. Everything had come to ahead. My 22-year-old daughter was a heavy cannabis smoker and was wanting to travel. Alarm bells went off in my head, she was off to Bali with her boyfriend who is a heavy smoker also. Months before the planned trip we had all discussed them trying to slow down and ultimately stop smoking . The goal was to use this trip as a turning point in her life to detox. One week before they were due to leave on their trip her partner broke up with her. Not only did this devastate her but it ruined her plan to stop smoking and detox together. Over the past few years I have tried to get her help. Recently she excepted some counselling after going through a serious car accident. The counselling didn’t seem to be doing any good so she stopped going. So as you can imagine with her detox plan now cancelled. The breakdown of her 2 year relationship.I felt that she may hit rock bottom again. I felt so helpless and alone and didn’t know how to help her. She has been smoking since she...

Quitting Smoking is Good for Your Social Health Too

1960s advertisements tried to convince us that smoking is sophisticated – and in some cases seriously macho. The myths surrounding this habit included that it was good for you and socially acceptable anywhere, even around young children. There were even ads specifically aimed at teenagers! How times have changed. And not just because medical science has uncovered the serious and even fatal health repercussions of smoking. Many now view smoking as socially unacceptable or at best irritating. How People React to Smokers These days, people are very quick to speak up if they feel that someone is “invading” their personal space, exposing them to secondary smoking or making them feel uncomfortable. When you’re smoking in public places or people’s homes, you will usually find that icy stares are the least of your problems. Non-smoking friends will introduce rules for when you visit their home, go on journeys in their car or take joint excursions. This could include sending you outside to smoke. Some may even feel embarrassed to request this, and simply not invite you anymore! When you quit smoking, you could well find a surge in your social engagements, receiving invitations that you hadn’t realised you were missing out on. Improved Appearance and Odour Even if you automatically gravitate to smoking areas to light up, the social indignities don’t end there. This is an era when society places a high value on how you look and smell. Having yellow fingers is bad enough, but yellow teeth are an absolute no-go. The cosmetics and oral hygiene industry make billions each year from people seeking a brighter, whiter smile. Smoking...

Treating Addiction with Hypnosis

Addiction has many different faces and forms in our lives, from being unable to resist that extra bit of chocolate to the more serious and damaging addiction of illicit substances like marijuana. Many people are unable to quit their addiction by themselves, but it doesn’t make you weak to ask for help, as addiction is much more serious than just a bad habit. Addiction is a disease that affects an addict’s brain, psyche and body, manifesting itself through intense and extremely challenging cravings that both psychologically and physically affect an individual. Hypnosis for Addiction It has been proven that using hypnosis for addiction can help in treatment and recovery, especially when working alongside other rehabilitation treatments. During hypnosis, a deep sense of relaxation is created through shifts in consciousness, allowing for the patient to become highly suggestible and open to persuasion. This relaxed and suggestible state can help present people with a different internal perspective on their addictive behaviours. What had previously seemed impossible, like quitting a substance or challenging a behaviour, becomes achievable and desirable. These changed beliefs then help influence the patient after they have come out of the hypnotic trance, in turn helping them overcome addictions. This is the main reason that hypnosis appeals to addicts, as hypnosis can profoundly help people to strengthen their willpower and break free from their addictions. Treating Marijuana Addiction However, not all addictions are treated the same way, with some able to be helped in a single session, and others requiring more work and assistance from additional support programs. For many people, an addiction to smoking can be overcome in...