Helping problems with Blushing and Sweating using psychotherapy, hypnotherapy,and cognitive therapy at 1066 Therapy
covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford and Kent.
I have successfully helped clients with blushing problems, or a fear of blushing (erythrophobia), or problems with excessive sweating at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex.
Blushing or sweating is quite normal for anyone if they find themselves feeling very anxious or embarrassed for some reason. This may happen only on the odd occasion, and for a short period of time, so it isn’t a problem.
Blushing and sweating problems
For some of us though, blushing or (anxious) sweating is a real problem. We may regularly experience one or the other, or both. And we really feel the impact on the quality of our lives. However, I have found that, although we might fear blushing or sweating every day, we don’t actually experience it that often. Nevertheless we tend to still think / worry about it a lot. This creates even more anxiety, which is not very helpful.
We then tend to blush or sweat in ordinary, everyday situations. These situations ought to (otherwise) be of minimal, if any, embarrassment or anxiety. Such situations include meeting a friend by chance while out shopping, or being asked for our opinion in a meeting at work. Very often, we try to alter our lifestyle to try to avoid any situation where blushing might occur. This might involve avoiding crowded areas, or office meetings, or brightly lit places for example. If we have a problem with sweating, we may behave in similar ways.
Blushing, sweating and anxiety
Excessive blushing and sweating aren’t usually physical / medical problems. For example only between 1 and 3% of the population actually suffers from hyperhidrosis as opposed to having a general problem with anxiety-related sweating. They are completely normal physical changes relating to [underlying] anxiety. This type of anxiety is usually social anxiety. In fact, research has shown that there is a particularly strong correlation between blushing and social anxiety.
Blushing and sweating are a completely normal part of everyone’s survival (fight/flight/freeze) response. However, when we have a problem with it, we are having our survival response activated far too often. This happens almost always when our life isn’t actually in any danger though!
The brain science on the causes
Neuroscientific research over recent decades has found that fears, phobias and anxiety are actually outward expressions of having a dysregulated nervous system. Having a dysregulated nervous system is the reason why we feel anxious when there is no real danger present. This dysregulation is most often caused by unresolved, conflicted emotions (often held subconsciously), or perhaps an unresolved trauma. A dysregulated nervous system causes inner discomfort and a sense of ‘something bad about to happen’. This feeling seems ‘confirmed’ when we blush or sweat profusely! We often cannot remember exactly how and when our particular fear or anxiety about blushing or sweating started. In fact, we are usually not aware that we have any inner discomfort or dysregulation, because the way we feel inside is our ‘normal’.
Even though these are almost always not medical problems, there are some medical ways of attempting to control the symptoms. Examples include tablets like “Eredicane” for blushing, or beta-blockers for sweating. Some people have Botox injections or even surgery. Any of these may be somewhat successful. However, the effects of tablets wear off almost daily. Botox wears off too. And I know of people who had surgery for blushing and the problem returned several months later! This is because these options are only dealing with the symptom, not dealing with the cause. So, even IF they manage to control the symptom (none of these methods can guarantee complete success), any underlying anxiety problems will still be present. The emotional conflict will then come out in another way, or the original problem will return. Other problems may develop, including panic, or perhaps another phobia. This is known as ‘symptom substitution’.
What can I do?
I offer different approaches for this (and every problem). The choice of which one (or more) to take depends on the individual and their circumstances. We usually make the decision together during the initial consultation.
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