Problem blushing and sweating
you would remember me.
While I am now in retirement for some years, I have been
asked to give two lectures in Dublin at the end of August beginning of September (dates yet to be decided) I will have
the society send you an invitation, if you wish to attend you
are most welcome.
Tizzy by name and nature
The original Irish Health article about this subject, written by a medical doctor, also referred to Hypnotherapy as often being beneficial to certain sufferers of blushing.
I mentioned "Dr. Jack" purely as an experienced qualified medical reference, with a very different opinion of Hypnosis and its benefits to yours. He may be deceased but his writings are still available, his website is active and his views on the subconscious are very much alive.
Rather than use my association with him to my benefit here, I actually significantly played down my relationship with him during the last two years of his life. (I know people who barely knew the man who now claim to have been "trained" by him! I was not.) I was frankly surprised but proud that we became good friends. He was a very shrewd man and not always a supporter of some of the schools of hypnotherapy or its practitioners. My first meeting with him was like a job interview!
I often received advice from him and he encouraged me greatly to continue my work, as he did several other lay therapists, and he was very interested in their knowledge and training. We even took patient sessions together in his practice occasionally, to which he generously gave me an open invitation.
I too spent many happy hours in his company. Maybe we have met? I was in his home as he was "waked" the night before attending his funeral and at his funeral the next day.
I would be more than happy to correspond with you, if you want to, via my mail address rather than to continue to subject the readers of this forum to our reminiscences and diverging views. So I will say no more. Maybe we can agree to disagree also.
By the way Ann, at lot has changed since you were in your teens. Paul Goldin later retired from stage performance, trained as a Hypnotherapist and until his recent death ran two very successful and busy hypnotherapy practices. Stage Hypnosis, like "magic" is an illusion, for entertainment. In truth, nobody can be put under a "spell" or be under the control of a Hypnotist.
You may wish to bring the deceased into this conversation to use to your benefit, although I cannot for the life of me figure how meeting Mr. Gibson for a short time bears any relevance to your qualifications.
I worked with Jack Gibson as it so happens and we spent many happy hours discussing the pros and cons of the subconscious, we agreed to disagree, but we were friends right to the end.
Mr. Jack Gibson FRCSI was a highly educated person with a lifetime of medical qualifications and experience.
Are you still of the opinion that with respect, a diploma or two entitles a person to take charge of a persons subconscious WHEN THEY ARE AT THEIR MOST VULNERABLE, I do not.
If you are serious about helping people you will continue with your education and if you are lucky enough you will have the fortunate pleasure of sitting with another Jack Gibson and share your experiences together.
Tizzy by name and nature
Nowadays, many of our member Hypnotherapists are referred clients by their G.P. on a regular basis. Some of our members are employed in association with hospitals in the UK and Northern Ireland.
You are, of course entitled to your opinion Prof. Sherwin, but it is one of many. I had the good fortune and honour of working briefly with Mr. Jack Gibson F.R.C.S.I. during the two years prior to his death. If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Gibson there is a short BMJ biography of him at
I can assure you that after 60+ years experience as a surgeon in medicine, he was of a very different opinion to yours. He performed thousands of operations under hypnosis and on retirement from surgery he continued practising Hypnotherapy on psychosomatic and emotional problems.
Hence, I suppose, the old saying "Doctors differ and patients die".
Equally, I could say that I have had many clients over the years who have attended G.P.s who, in my opinion, should never have been allowed practice medicine and who recommended unnecessary surgery and prescribed ineffective drugs for years to desperate people who later arrived on my doorstep. Ever profession is at the mercy of the individuals within it to a degree.
Anyone can learn "Hypnosis" in probably about half an hour, that is true. But Hypnosis is just a tool used to relax the client it is not the therapy.
I trained with the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy here in Ireland. It was an intensive course, mainly in Psychology and Psychoanalysis. There were rigourous examinations to be passed for a Diploma in Hypnotherapy/Psychotherapy and then further courses and classes to be attended, required reading and written exams completed for an Advanced Practical Diploma. They and the IAPH in the UK, of which I am now a member, insist on personal therapy, continuing professional training and professional supervision for all of their therapists, who are bound by a code of ethics.
Regarding Anon.'s comments, Hypnotherapy is not an alternative therapy, it is, or should be, a complimentary therapy. That is, performed in conjunction with conventional medicine in any medical matters. An ethical therapist will never treat an apparent medical condition without ensuring that the client has been fully medically cleared.
It would also seem that you are dismissing the whole world of successful work undertaken by other Pyschotherapists, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists and Counsellors who are also lay therapists, with no medical qualifications. Very few medical doctors are trained in any of the above disciplines, or the clinical use of Hypnosis.
I don't mean to get into a debate here, but I could not let some of the inferences made go unchallenged. I'm not sure what you are bringing to this forum, but my primary aim is not to "tout" business, but to inform the many people suffering here of a modern treatment that I see working successfully every week. Because I too care about people who feel hopeless and fear that their only alternatives, to what is primarily an emotional/feelings problem, are drugs or surgery.
I would support your advice to people to check carefully before undertaking any treatment and those who only feel comfortable, or find success with conventional medicine are of course entitled to their choice.
When I was in my teens Hypnosis was carried out by performers on stage for the enjoyment of the audience and still is I believe. I remember going to see Paul Golden r.i.p. he was a great show man.
bad, the companies who sell anti-perspirant, deodorants, manufacturers of make up and people who say I can help you, I can heal this terrible problem. YOU don't have a problem.
Just think about it for a minute, pink is a beautiful colour
If you didn't perspire you would die. You drink water ! you
wash with water, it is clear, no colour.!
Why do you bother about a water mark ? ? ?
I hope you understand what I mean, I mean well! P.S. I Blush.
just to be sure, are you suggesting hypnosis with analysis, there is nothing new with that only thing is, I wouldn't
allow myself be analysed by a non medical person, anybody can
analyse but it all depends on how one interprets the information and in turn deals with the patient that takes a qualified Doctor no less.
I would never dream of going to visit a hypnotist for a medical matter. As you know you can learn hypnotism in a very short time as the site you recommend explains. Sorry Kieran I will be staying with my Doctor if and when I need advice.
Tizzy by name and nature
If you have to try hypnosis please take my advice and only go through your G.P. I have just retired to Ireland after 40+ years in medicine and during those years I have had many patients who should not have had hypnosis of any type meaning there is a new name/word added to hypnosis every year Pure etc. In my opinion, there is no room for hypnosis in the field of medicine. you will never find a site advertising one type of medicine over the next whereas you go on site and check how you can take a course on line with easy payment facilities etc. the course will cost 1500 euros, and they tell you that you will retrieve that money with your first two/three clients. if you are taken in, your first visit will be E120 approx. and each visit thereafter will cost E80-95 by the time you have finished with Hypnoanalysis. the course includes how to get your new clients i.e. come on to a site such as this one and offer advice while letting the reader know you have a practice etc., you are impressed and he/she has a client.
As a retired medical professional I abhor this type of touting for business.
In conclusion, friends check carefully before you undertake any treatment and may I suggest, that you check it with your Doctor first, the mind is a precious thing and I suggest that you keep control of it!
If I have offended anybody please excuse an old fool! who cares.
I'm 20 and have been suffering from really bad underarm sweating for about 7 years now. I can't talk to anyone about it, and I get so down about it as it controls my whole life. I told my mum about it when I was about 14 and she said it was probably hormones and I'd "grow out of it"...well, I definitely haven't grown out of it! I would love to be able to wear whatever I want, instead I stick to the same dark stringtops. If someone hugs me when they are wearing a sleeveless top it's a nightmare because I know that my sweaty armpits are rubbing against them. I've become an expert at disguising it, as I'm sure most sufferers have. I have managed to hide it from pretty much everyone, even my boyfriend of 2 years doesn't know. Any time he notices me sweating I just sort of laugh it off and say I'm too hot. I've tried Driclor, it worked for about a week and I can honestly say that it was the happiest week of my life. Sad, I know. However, it became unbearably irritable and stopped working as well so I gave up. After reading the comments on this site I think I'll try PerspireX and see how it goes. If that doesn't work does anyone know who to contact about botox?
I have only just found this site and I am so happy as I really had no idea so many people were suffering with sweating or blushing. Not happy that we all have a problem but happy I'm not alone!
Anyone who is suffering from very bad underarm sweating and wants to chat, I'd love to talk to you. I didn't know there were others like me!!! Please get in touch and for once we can be ourselves chatting to eachother. I've set up an email just for this, it's firstname.lastname@example.org (very fitting) so please please email me! Also to all the blushers out there, I don't have that problem but I know how it feels to have something control your life, so good luck in the future!
I am a Hypnotherapist in Dublin who treats blushing very successfully. But, I am concerned when I hear that someone has been disappointed with Hypnotherapy. Usually this has been what we call "suggestion therapy" aimed at the symptom, in this case the blushing and sweating.
I would only recommend Analytical Hypnotherapy or Hypno-Analysis for Blushing, aimed at removing the root cause of the problem which is some bottled up thought or feeling.
There is a lot of information about this on www.hypnoanalysis.com which you can look up. Also, a good Analytical Hypnotherapist should be willing to meet you for a free initial consultation where you can ask questions, meet them and find out about the therapy.
Neither of these options costs a penny and whereas no therapy suits absolutely everyone, this gives a person a chance of looking into a very scientifically sound and effective therapy that might be the key to their own problem.
I too have been for cbt and hypnosis I wish I could say they
helped me because I paid a lot of money for sessions and my
family paid most of it for me, I owe them a lot of money.
I went learn meditation and used the internet to learn more
about meditation and relaxation, this works for me after years
of suffering. If you are living in Dublin there is a meditation
centre and it is free of charge and no obligations whatsoever
I wish you all the best of luck.
Tizzy by name and nature
i'm not sure if you read my posting on the site a few weeks ago. i went for cbt - cognitive behaviour therapy, for about 10months. it has been wonderful. i feel so much more in control of my blushing. it can still happen, but not frequently, and when it happens i have to work it out, and think about what was going on for me. cbt was so life changing for me.
Is it any help to know that it does get better, I am older now and I have learned to relax i.e. not get so worked up about things and certainly talking to people about it helps especially face to face. Think about it for a second, the first time you discuss your blushing with somebody you are going to blush, of course you are, because it is how your body reacts to your fear of blushing. You talk to that person again a day or week later your fear will be less because you have experienced the worst that can happen i.e. friend listens, gives you feed- back, you listen. You will eventually realise that you have forgotten about Blushing, What were we talking about! It won't be overnight but it will get less important to you and in turn it won't happen That is how it was with me.
By the way Libby, how do you know your friends noticed your
blushing, you never explained? Good Luck Libby.
Tizzy by name and nature
first of all and most important I can see by your letter that you are working yourself up into a complete frenzy and you will notice your thought process is causing your bodies reactions, think about it. If you let your thoughts rule your body you will blush! Your fear of blushing causes you to blush, so, calm down calm, ask yourself why you are afraid to blush, do you know it is one of the nicest attributes you can have. Blushing proves that you are a sensitive and caring person and my boy friend said that was one of the things that attracted him to me, so, most of what I say is coming from experience and how our relationship has gone. We are together a long time. Sometimes men can be intimidated by women and when they meet somebody who is caring (blushing) it restores their faith in womankind.
There was a discussion about this on 2fm (Gerry Ryan) there were a couple of people on there that had operations for sweating which were a complete success., Give 2fm a shout and they'll be able to give you the relevant information.
finally i went to my gp who prescribed me propanalol. its a beta blocker, which slows down adrenaline release and really controls blushing. however its a short term solution, as i found it good, but found i was relying on it more and more. my gp also referred me for cognitive behavioual therapy(cbt). this was excellent. i have just finished a 10month course of same. i still need to work hard sometimes, but my blushing control has definately improved and i no longer feel the need to take take propanalol.
i would definately recommend cbt for anyone.
i have andhydrol and driclor. i used both, but just gave up using them, because i felt they were having no effect, i suppose i didnt really give them a chance as i was looking for a "miracle cure" to work straight away. i went to my doctor about this and was referred to a hospital to see a specialist, but when i was told the side effects of the operation, i.e. sweating on the back and chest, i was very disheartened, the specialist said that for some people the side effects can seem worse than the original problem.
anyway, i am going to give the driclor another go tonight and continue using it every night to see if it has any positive effect.
is there anyone else out there that is suffering with this...especially of the hands?
let me know how its going. You will love the feeling of accomplishment!
Tizzy by name and nature
Relax and let people get to know you for what you are, A BEAUTIFUL PERSON!
Tizzy by name and nature
I have tried hypnotherapy and it hasn't worked, and am considering botox injections. I have thought about ETS but had too many side effects for my liking. The worst is if i run into someone at the shops unexpenctantly i can't stop my face turning red, if i planned on meeting them i would probably be fine! I love being in dark rooms, and then i am not shy at all. It really makes me appear antisocial, although i would love to talk to everyone, i try to avoid situations that i know will make me blush. Feel free to email me anyone to talk about this horrible problem! I'm from Australia email@example.com
Tizzy by name and nature
Lately it has improved a lot, even though it still happens occasionly, this is because my confidence has increased. I discovered an american site called "poweraffirmations.com".You can buy downloads from this site then put them on to a cd and listen to them daily, when I bought them 3months ago they were on a special offer and I only paid bout €8 so they are not expensive. As anyone who suffers from blushing knows, you will try anyting to get it to stop!. Anyway I want to let other suffers know about this site as it might help them as it has helped me. Good luck x
so ago and I kept reading the letters but none of them made
any sense to me until I read your letters and they really spoke to me. My parents had me going to doctors and psychologists since I was fourteen (I have depression also). I have had tablets ,herbal medicines even, hypnotherapy analysis. My parents spent a fortune on taking me to these people 6 sessions 10 sessions and another one 12 sessions roughly 80 to 120 euros a session I could qualify as a therapist spending that type of money and what really annoys me is I can't pay it back.
After four years break from study I am now back but as mentioned at the beginning I have a part time job, not to be dependant on parents 100%. I like your ideas because they don't give me the idea of hopelessness, fear, dependance on
others. I use the gym and it really helps but its good to hear somebody else say it, and funny Kieran 19/4/08 it was another person that told me I was blushing, when I was around eleven.
I was bullied about it, you could have been writing about me
it really helped. Thanks guys I'll keep watching. P. p.s. I have to give back the lap top now and Kieran she didn't charge me !
Glad my post struck a chord with you. I'm doing well at the moment these days thanks. This cool fresh weather is great for me...helps reduce my compensatory sweating. CBT...Cognitive Behaviour Therapy....in others words changing your thought processes....is huge in dealing with everything from blushing to depression. Essentially what Kieran says in his post dated 19/4/08 is CBT....I would advise people to read it closely....its a good post.
In regard to depression I have tried a range of medications none of which I found any benefit whatsoever. The best cure for my depression has been regular physical exercise. ...basically getting to the gym 3 or 4 times a week. Its a great release for stress, will make your heart more efficient which gives you more energy and stamina and most importantly releases natural endorphins which give you a natural lift.
Don't know if you've tried EFT....Emotional Freedom Technique....basically again another form of CBT...by repeating a self acceptance phrase/maxim over and over. Self acceptance is the key. It should be taught in school!!
All the best,
regarding Hypnosis and it's use in getting to the root cause of any problem (and many are related like blushing, sweating and even alcohol dependency, (or it's use as an escape). People from a similar or the same background will obviously be more likely to have had similar past experiences and so often many of the same symptoms.
The reason some "Hypnotists" do not succeed in reaching it is because some practice what is known as "suggestion therapy", used to deal with symptoms. Some others dilute the hypno-analysis with assorted other "techniques". This means they are often trying to treat the symptoms and find the cause at the same time, which confuses the mind, in simple terms.
Google "hypnoanalysis", look out for "Pure Hypnoanalysis" and there you will find information on this therapy and also direction to qualified practitioners in this form of hypnotherapy.
I am seeing a lot of needless suffering here and I know that this works.
I hope that this helps.
wow thank you for your post i compltely agree with you.. it really does make sense and have read about self-acceptance before, just find it very difficult to apply it to myself.. just reading back on your posts, and am really sorry your surgery went so bad. your definately right in warning people about it and hopefully they will decide against it(thanks to you) i was prescribed an anti depressant a few years ago think it was seroxat (dont quote me)and found them no help, infact it made me worse and some weeks after i came off it, it was taken off the shelf as people were having suicidal thoughts while taking it. i don't want to put anyone off either and have heard ant-depressants combined with cbt works great, just not for me. how are you these days ?
Kieran- thaks for your comments and yes dealing with the route of the problem is the right way to go. The past 2 hyonotists i have seen obviously never got to there with me. so i think ill take your advice and give NLP a miss and try and find a good hypnotist. (any recommendations would be appreciated) I just want to also thank you for taking time out to give yur advice, :-)
Am looking forward to conquering this because I am otherwise a people-person, have lots of friends, big family, have lots I'd like to do. I'm not shy at all. Just crippled by this, when I open my mouth to talk, I turn red!
Oh, I have sweaty hands and feet too. (bad) Think this is all hyper-hydrosis, but not willing to go through the risk of surgery.
I think my brother suffers too but we're too embarrassed to discuss it. Probably hereditary---could explain why alcoholism is rampant in the family? Perhaps a coping mechanism? Sad :(
It is helping reduce the severity of the blush already. DO NOT totally avoid situations where you feel uncomfortable. This will only make the other easy stuff worse. "Compensatory blushing" if you will. Like in front of your spouse or parents. Keep living your life. Take baby steps. Confidence breeds success.
I was surprised to see a picture of myself the other day. I was certain I was red all over, but breathing and trying my new techniques while the person took 20 years to snap the shot and everyone was staring at me. I got it back and my face looks uncomfortable, but not red. Perhaps it's not as bad as we think to other people.