Tuesday 1 November 2011

Hypnotherapy in the news - Joanna Lumley used hypnotherapy to overcome anxiety

Joanna Lumley has revealed how she used hypnotherapy to overcome her horrific anxiety attacks.

Whilst in her mid-20s, the actress' anxiety got so bad that when on stage, she convinced herself there were assassins in the audience trying to kill her. She said the issue put her on "the brink of utter insanity", but claimed she was able to completely overcome it - thanks to hypnotherapy.

Describing the condition in The Daily Telegraph, she said: "I couldn't cross the road, I didn't dare go into shops, I had to concentrate on breathing in and breathing out. It's panic attacks and you are on the brink of utter insanity. "I knew I was going to make myself waterproof against it. It would not happen again, not on my watch."

According to Mail Online, Lumley claimed that her anxiety attacks began because she was so worried about money. At one point, she was just living off Marmite and toast, such was her financial strain.

Lumley isn't the only famous face to have turned to hypnotherapy for anxiety problems or other issues. Many celebrities - including Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, actress Gail Porter and dance teacher Louie Spence - have recently explained how they have used it to overcome various traumas which occurred during their lives.